Help an Oakland school, have a martini!


The bartenders in Oakland’s Uptown like to mix really delicious, complicated and expensive cocktails, often with unusual ingredients. (The `sour’ I ordered last night at Era Art Bar involved maple syrup and egg whites.) At a back-to-school fundraiser and Uptown Block Party Aug. 28, a $20 ticket will buy you a cocktail and a donation to a local public school.

Could goodwill get any easier?

The 5 p.m. block party will be hosted by Era, Ozumo, Pican and Luka’s, which are near the intersection of Broadway and Grand Avenue. The restaurants will offer food specials, too. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit Crocker Highlands Elementary, Westlake Middle School, Oakland Tech High School and Laney Community College.

Some more details:

Date: Saturday, August 28, 2010

Time: 5-8pm

Cost: $20 per person, must be over 21 to participate. Tickets for the event will be available the day of the event at any of the four participating venues. To avoid lines during the event, come to Luka’s between 3 and 5 p.m. to purchase tickets.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • http://www.movingforwardeducation.com Lacy Asbill

    This is fabulous! However, I can’t help but question the elementary school choice. Why not select a school that has a hard time collecting donations and educates under-served students?

  • oakey

    We’re certainly going to all need a drink once Ben Visnick is elected to the school board!

  • Elaine

    This is my kind of fundraiser: music, great food, and creative drinks.
    I have copied a short exert from the press release:

    Luka’s, Picán, Ozumo and Era are throwing an Uptown Block Party & Back to School Fundraiser for Oakland public
    schools . A $20 donation to our schools gets partygoers a complimentary cocktail at each venue and access to all
    the other specials on offer that night, including Southern barbecue at Picán, dollar oysters at Luka’s and special
    guest DJ’s and dancing on every corner. All proceeds from ticket sales go to benefit Oakland public schools.

  • Owen

    I’ll reserve judgment until I find out: Anyone know how the schools were chosen? I was about to send out a big mass-invite until I saw Crocker on there, having seeing CH parents suggesting they don’t know why their school is a beneficiary. Anyone know!

  • Steven Weinberg

    These establishments are in the attendance boundaries of Westlake and Tech, but not Crocker Highlands, so Owen’s question is a good one. The elementary schools whose boundaries include this area are Lafayette and Lakeview.

  • On The Fence

    Good gracious! This is an amazing way to donate money AND try four fabulous cocktails! I’m embarrassed to admit I’ve never been to any of these places even though I’ve heard great things about them.

    As for the issue about why those schools were selected, this fundraiser was probably thought up by some civic minded people who wanted to give back to their neighborhood school or their children’s schools. Seems like a great idea to me and very generous of the restaurants.