Gala Dinner

What an amazing evening! Over 400 attendees—most in costume—celebrated our 20th annual Gala with us. Thanks to them, and our sponsors and food and beverage suppliers, we are able to proudly announce that this was our most successful fundraiser to date, allowing us to continue to provide all of our community’s kids with a safe, sweet place to create, imagine, play and learn!

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We celebrated our 20th annual gala with A Cinderella Story

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Queens from many lands attended the ball…

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…and some woodland critters too

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There was a banquet of delights from all over the land

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Lords and ladies dressed in their finest

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Even the stepsisters put on their best smiles

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Truly a magical night was had by all

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Your support makes all the difference

The Gala is our most important fundraising event of the year—an opportunity for businesses and individuals to show their support for our beloved storybook theme park.


This year, we raised more than $140,000 to support our mission of imagination and literacy. Guests arrived in fairy-tale and storybook attire, and danced under the stars.


A big "thank you" to our 2015 Gala Sponsors:

Special Friends

Rust-Oleum Corporation

Glenn and Ellen Voyles


Prince and Princess Charming Sponsors

Dan Altemus & Marie Riehle








Glass Slipper Sponsors


Community Bank of the Bay

Gallagher & Burk Inc.

Give Something Back Office Supplies

Kaiser Permanente

Kaitz Property Service

McGuire and Hester Foundation

Nia Community Foundation


The Safeway Foundation

Telegraph Oakland


Crystal Coach Sponsors

Mark and Kay Barchas

Bell Investment Advisors

Carla and Kenneth Betts

BTR Capital Management, Inc.

Chop Bar and Lungomare

Colliers International


First Republic Bank

The Grubb Company

Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest

Larry Magid & Amy Toro

Theresa Nelson and Barney Smits

Lorna Padia Markus

Port of Oakland

John Protopappas /Madison Park Financial Corp.

Rainbow Grocery Cooperative

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

Suffolk Construction


Pumpkin Sponsors

ABC Security Service, Inc.

Antonio Sandoval Painting, Inc.

Blaisdell's Business Products

Dharma Merchant Services

Jamie Flaherty-Evans & Ken Evans

Friedkin Realty Group

Johnstone Supply Oakland /Gene Zahas

Kyle Milligan and Susan Casentini

Beryl & James Potter

Ryals & Associates, Inc. Staffing

The Swig Company


In-kind Sponsors

Douglas Parking

Goats R Us

Handled With Care Mailing Service

Royce Printing

Safeguard by Julie Fox & Associates

VMA Security


Media Sponsors

Oakland Magazine

Clear Channel Outdoor


Food Provided By


Blue Heron Catering

Chop Bar

Gallo Salame


Hutch bar & kitchen

Johnny Appleseed Cafe

Miraglia Catering & Event Planning

Ozumo Oakland

Pacific Fine Foods


Red Boy Pizza

Ron & Sally’s Oyster Bar


Spice Monkey Restaurant & Bar

Venga Paella

Whole Foods Market



Daily Greens

Dashe Cellars

Dorothy Holmes & Monte Bolmer

Farley’s East

Green Flash Brewing Company

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Mead Kitchen

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Q Drinks

Rock Wall Wine Company

Rosenblum Cellars

Southern Wine & Spirits

St. George Spirits



Double Rainbow

Fentons Creamery

Old Towne Danville Bakery

Sugar Knife Artisan Sweets

Sysco Foods

The Stroopie Gourmet

Two Moms in the Raw