Two ways to invest in our community on Thursday night

23 Feb

Some nights, it seems like there’s nothing to do in the East Bay, but not on Thursdays. This Thursday is no different as there are two great, low dollar benefits for causes worth supporting. If I could be in two places at once, I’d go to both, but since I can’t, I’m hopeful you will attend either the Alameda County Give 22 Kickoff or the Bridge the Bay Benefit.

Alameda County Give 22 Kickoff for K to College

An East Bay Young Democrats member, Benito Delgado-Olson founded K to College, promoting equal access to higher education by ensuring every student has the resources & tools to learn from kindergarten to college. K to College works directly with school supply distributors, nonprofit organizations, state & local government, and school districts to provide complete, grade-specific school supply kits to low-income students.

It’s really sad when students struggle to succeed at school because they don’t have pencils, paper, or other necessary supplies. Oakland based K to College seeks to overcome these challenges.

Here’s the event info:

We cordially invite you to join us for a historic evening on February 24, as we kickoff the Give 22 Campaign and establish the Give 22 Fund, which will finance the School Supply Initiative’s (SSI) continued efforts to close the material resource-gap in public education.

Funded by a one-time federal grant and a continuing 200% corporate match, in 2010 the SSI distributed 170,000 kits of school supplies to low-income students valued at $12,000,000. Nearly half were Alameda County residents and nearly all were enrolled in the free or reduced price meal program.

To maintain this level of service, the Give 22 Campaign is a collective appeal from community leaders, educators and others to encourage the public to donate $22, our cost to give one low-income student a $70 grade-appropriate school supply kit.  The event will commence with a presentation of  $100,000 in early donations and conclude with the recognition of some of our earliest local supporters.We hope to see you there!


Date: Thursday, February 24, 2011
Where: Z Cafe & Bar (2735 Broadway, Oakland)
When: 5:30pm – 7:30pm (doors open at 5:00pm)
Program: 6:00pm – 6:45pm
Requested Donation: $22

Alameda County K to College Heroes & Featured Speakers

  • Nancy Skinner, Assemblymember, 14th District
  • Keith Carson, Alameda County Supervisor, 5th District
  • Sheila Jordan, Alameda County Superintendent of Public Instruction

You can RSVP on the K to College website or on Facebook. I’ll be there and I hope to see you at this event!

East Bay Bicycle Coalition Bridge the Bay Benefit

The East Bay Bicycle Coalition has been working to “bridge the Bay” by advocating for bike lanes across the Bay Bridge. This Thursday, they’re hosting a benefit to raise funds for this campaign, and to introduce the organization’s new Executive Director Renee Rivera.

Here are the details from the event website:

Mingle with decision-makers from across the East Bay and hundreds of your bike friends and bid on some great auction items at the David Brower Center in Downtown Berkeley.

New Live auction items include the Trek Wingra commute bike and a Raleigh Retro Special, and beautiful bike photograph prints of Linda Svenson. Bid on the chance to take a private bike tour of the East Bay hills with Tour de France racer Freddie Rodriguez. Other auction items include the Specialized Globe Daily 1, Dahon Speedo Uno, Yuba Mundo Bike, Viva Bellissimo, Marin commute bike, REI Novara Buzz, Holly Bike Hitch Rack, Adam’s Original Bike Trailor, and more.

Enjoy Daniel Yasmin, the bike rapper and virtuoso drummer, who entertains accompanied by Paul Bertin with their homemade bicycle part band. Hear from Mayors Mark Green of Union City and Tom Bates of Berkeley about the future of bicycling in the East Bay. All we need is you to make this the most talked about bike party of the season.

Parking: Berkeley Bike Station – open until 9:30 p.m. Berkeley City Garage on Kittredge, under the Brower Center. $4 per parking spot. Block of spots reserved for VIP guests.

Thursday, February 24, 2011
David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, at Oxford
Downtown Berkeley
$20 Admission: Tickets on sale now
$10/students, under 14 free.


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