Your weekend: Foundation fundraisers
Times are tough for Alameda’s schools, and a number of local businesses are hosting fundraisers for the Alameda Education Foundation to try to help out.
First up: The folks at the Harbor Bay Club are holding a raffle for the foundation and for Alameda Meals on Wheels, and tickets are just $5 (with discounts if you purchase multiple tickets). They’re donating Club-related prizes worth up to $4,500, and the proceeds from the raffle go to each charity. You can get tickets for the raffle online, but you’ll need to do it soon: They’re announcing winners today.
Also, the foundation will benefit from two fundraisers businesses will host in August. On August 18, Aroma Restaurant and Alameda Business Network are offering appetizers, a drink ticket and a raffle ticket for a $10 donation to AEF. For $35, you can have a prix fixe dinner (with 15 percent of the proceeds going to the foundation). They’ve also got a package deal for $50, which includes a drink ticket, 20 raffle tickets and dinner with gratuity. They’ll have a silent auction as well. The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Aroma is at 2337 Blanding Avenue.
Then on August 21, John Beery Yachts is hosting a Pirates in Paradise! event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The “fun-raiser” will include kayaking, canoeing, whale boating, dragon boats and more. They’ll have dragon boat races and a small boat regatta to compete in (vessel required) on the estuary, boat rides, a raffle, art, music, food and more. Sponsors include John Beery Yachts, the Pasta Pelican, Wright Way Insurance and others. John Beery’s at 2415 Mariner Square Drive. For more information or to register for the regatta ($10 for adults, $5 for kids), contact Deborah Wright at email@example.com or 908-3939.
Meanwhile, Alameda Towne Centre is working with the foundation to collect school supplies and musical instruments for homeless children, who make up close to 10 percent of Alameda Unified’s student population. School items being collected include backpacks, notebooks, pencils and pens, folders, protractors, calculators, markers and other classroom items. Gently used musical instruments are being collected as well.
Donations can be made at AEF’s table at the center’s Summer Beats Concerts tonight, Saturday and Sunday. The shows begin at 5:30 p.m. and they’ll be held at Centre Court. Towne Centre, of course, is at the corner of Park and Otis.
Meanwhile, Towne Centre is inviting young, advanced musicians to join their Young Songwriters Workshop & Jam Session with drummer DC Carter and Project 7 on Sunday, August 1. The workshop will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., and the jam session begins at 5:30 p.m. Applications to participate are due Friday. For more information, contact Marsha Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 521-8100.
AEF will be holding their big fundraiser, “All Together Now,” on November 12 at Auctions By the Bay theater. Stay tuned for more details on that.