Many Hi-5s to Dance for a Cure Supporters

This was the scene Saturday night at Eagles Hall.

A crowd of 400 Alameda residents and other supporters in the fight against breast cancer showed up to dance, dine and join in the silent auction as part of the Dance for a Cure event.

DJ Alex Mejia and others kept the crowd hopping.

“It was great to see so many people come out and support us!” said Millie Luz, one of the event organizers.

The group expects to have raised at least $10,000 when all the numbers are tallied.

The effort that led to this successful event, of course, was huge. Just check out a partial list of contributors.

And while Luz says she and others are looking forward to future events, they need a bit of time to recuperate and evaluate how it all came together and turned out.

Such a break, needless to say, is well deserved.


Early Edition Hi-5, GMC Ad Filmed in Alameda

It’s been a high-profile day for Alamedans.

At 6:30 a.m., Channel 5, the Bay Area’s CBS affiliate, filmed part of its Early Edition by helicopter over Alameda Avenue.

Supporters of tomorrow’s breast cancer fundraiser, Dance for a Cure, formed a pink ribbon and gave the Bay Area a “hi five,” waving pink ballons and reminding the community to come out tomorrow from 5 p.m. to midnight at Eagles Hall.

“They’re going nuts waving!” said one of the broadcasters. “See how creative our Hi Fives are — they are jumping up and down!”

“The tickets are really selling out,” said DJ Alex Mejia, an Alameda native. “We should have at least 400 people.”

Around the corner on Central Avenue, the area around the Alameda Theatre was closed off by police so that GMC could film a commercial for one of its new SUVs.

Watch out for those cameras and film crews as you move around town!


Pre-Party: Dance For a Cure


Dance for a Cure, the breast cancer benefit set for 5 p.m.-midnight on Saturday, November 14, at Eagles Hall in Alameda drew a fun crowd Thursday night to the Churchward Pub on Park Street for its pre-event party.

The venue, which used to house the Pop Inn bar, came alive with DJs — several of whom will play Saturday night at the benefit, like Alex Mejia (see lower photo).

Stunna Vodka donated several bottles of its ultra-premium liqueur for Thursday and Saturday night.

“The organizers of Dance for a Cure are really onto something good,” said Tinnikie Bryant, a Stunna Vodka distributor from Fairfield. “We are glad to be a part of it!”

Bryant and distributor J. B. Burrell came to Alameda Thursday to introduce Islanders to the liquer and to support the cause. (See top photo holding a bottle of the drink.)

“It’s so nice of them to do this,” said Millie Luz, one of the Dance for a Cure organizers (shown above, in the top photo on the left).

Also at the event was Silvano Hernandez of La Pinata, who has been very supportive of the upcoming Dance for a Cure event. “They have worked so hard to bring this together,” he said.


Dance for a Cure Hosts Pre-Party; Events & Auctions Draw Big Community Support

It’s the home stretch: Dance for a Cure just completed its online auction. And now the big benefit is set to take place in three days – from 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, November 14, at Eagles Hall. Tickets are still on sale for the dinner, dance and auction that is being held to benefit breast cancer research.

Lots of items from the successful online auction will be available for purchase through the silent auction set for Saturday, from 5-8:30 p.m. The online auction sold more than $9,500 in goods and services, and hopefully the silent auction will do as good if not better, organizers say.

Be sure to head out to the pre-party at the Churchward Pub, 1515 Park Street, this Thursday night, November 12.

A tasting party featuring Stunna liquor goes on from 9-10: 30 p.m. Plus, there will be three DJs — Alex Mejia, Jose Melendez and Dj Mac G. There’s no cover charge, and Churchward will be holding a raffle for some special liquor — and some giveaways of Cal towels are planned.  

Many thanks to Millie Luz and all the other members of the organizing committee that has brought so many community members into this effort.

Donors and donations include:

Aidells Sausage Company
Alameda Theatre & Cineplex
AMF Bowling Southshore Lane
Big O Tires Alameda, several services
Burger Meister, Alameda
C’era Una Volta, gift certificate
China Gourmet Restaurant & Bar Alameda
Chipotle Alameda
Clinton Chiropractic, consultation and exam
Dance 10, one month of dance instruction
Daphne’s Greek Cafe Alameda
Dawn Adams, series of yoga classes
Dog Bone Alley Alameda
Dreyers Ice Cream Oakland
East Ocean Seafood Restaurant Alameda
Elegant Cargo, Steven A. Grant
Epic Wine
Isabella Fishman, facial
Fort Knox of Alameda, American Eagle Silver Bullion Coins
A Frank Quality Dog Service, Arron Merrell-Owner
Green Belt Alliance-1 year membership and more
Ground Control Private Security
Harbor Bay Landing
J Vineyards & Winery- Vintage Brut Magnum; tasting room for four and more
Genghis Khan Kitchen Alameda
Green Belt Alliance-1 year membership and more
J Vineyards and Winery-2002 J Vintage Brut Magnum; tasting room for four and more
Susan & Claire Kaymon, trail guide book and CD
La Pinata Alameda
La Vals, large pizza with Merlot
Lee Auto Supply of Alameda
Daniel Lewis, DDS, teeth whitening
LITHO Process Alameda
McGee’s donated a Sunday family dinner
Mac Make-Up
Mildred “Millie” Luz Simen, hair products
Monkey Bars Alameda
Nicosia’s Gourmet Products
Nob Hill Alameda
Oakland A’s, outfield vouchers
Oakland Karate & Kickboxing, 3 months Value $395.00 Start Bid $120.00
Panda Restaurant Alameda
Panera Bread Alameda
Sheila Patterson, creative photography, several framed images
Premier Designs – Mildred Luz, gift cards
Lynn Quan, tennis bracelets (see photo, above)
R-Studios/Arturo Ramos, hand-made vase
San Francisco 49ers, #15 Frank Gore laser-autographed football
Scott’s Shoes Alameda
Teresa “Sam” Shaw, commemorative ornaments
Spanks Salon, hair basket
St. George Spirits, gift certificate
Star Pilates-Moraga, gift certificate
Symmetry Chiropractic- Dr. Cynthia Boyd, D.C., perfect pillow
3 Wishes Alameda, gift certificate
A Touch of Class, Deborah Porterfield; jewelry
Usana Health Sciences Products-Stella Price
We Are Hair
Esther Webber, life coach, hypnosis CD, and
Whales & Friends, bamboo jewelry


From Pop Inn to Churchward Pub (Part II)


Well. thanks to the Churchward family and DJ Alex Mejia, the place was hopping last night on Park Street.

There were regulars and new faces.

And as one patron said, “It’s amazing what a coat of paint and some crown molding will do to a place.”

DJ Mejia, an Alameda native now living in Los Angeles, is one of many Alamedans supporting Dance for a Cure, set for November 14 at Eagles Hall. (The event’s online fundraising auction is already doing lots of business.)

Meanwhile, organizer Millie Luz says that Alameda merchants are coming through on a daily basis with new donations and support for the event, which aims to raise funds to benefit breast cancer research. And T-shirt sales for the event are also going well.


Dance – and Bid – for a Cure

Posters are up all over town for Dance for a Cure, a fundraising event to benefit breast cancer research that’s set to take place from 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, November 14, at Eagles Hall, 2305 Alameda Avenue.

Starting today, October 1, bidding on auction items that support the worthy cause is taking place on the Internet.

Millie Luz, an Alameda resident and volunteer, knocked on doors all over the Island and in surrounding areas. And she got some outstanding items donated by local merchants, such as the 50 pieces of jewelry given by A Touch of Class Jewelers’ Deborah Porterfield, who’s been a jeweler in Alameda for more than 30 years.

Online auction items supporting the fight against breast cancer include: a five-day/four-night escape to Cancun, Mexico; four passes to Legoland & Sea Life in California; Joe Montana-autographed San Francisco 49ers helmet; two Milgard Ultra series fiberglass windows; Clinton Chiropractic consultation and exam; a perfect pillow from Symmetry Chiropractic; a portrait at Raintree Studios, three months of activities at Oakland Karate & Kickboxing; teeth whitening; a photo of the Beatles on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and … a
Louis Vuitton-Batignolles vertical handbag!

DJs Jose Melendez, Alex Mejia, Trackstar, Deft, Rick Lee, Latin Prince and Chuy Gomez of 106.1 are set to spin at the November 14 event. Tickets are $25-$30. Hope to see you there.