Gala Dinner

What an amazing evening! Over 400 guests—most in costume—celebrated our 21st 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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In 2016 we celebrated our 21st annual gala with Beauties & Beasts

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There were magical visitors from many lands...

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... and a banquet of delights to dine on

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Lords and ladies dressed in their finest

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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 $100,000 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 2016 Gala Sponsors:

Special Friends

Diane and Neil Goodhue/Goodhue Investments

Glenn and Ellen Voyles


Diamond Sponsor


Ruby Sponsors

Dan Altemus & Marie Riehle





Gold Sponsors

Community Bank of the Bay

Gallagher & Burk Inc.

Give Something Back Office Supplies

Josehart Construction Management

Lake Merritt Dental

Nia Community Foundation

The Safeway Foundation

Telegraph Oakland


Silver Sponsors

Mark and Kay Barchas

Bell Investment Advisors

Carla and Kenneth Betts

BTR Capital - Greg Welch

Chop Bar and Lungomare

Colliers International

The Grubb Company

Larry Magid & Amy Toro

Theresa Nelson and Barney Smits

Oaks Card Club

Lorna Padia Markus

Port of Oakland

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.


Crystal Sponsors

Ken Evans & Jamie Flaherty Evans

First Republic Bank

Johnstone Supply Oakland /Gene Zahas

Lee & Associates

LOH Realty & Wellington Property Company

Kyle Milligan and Susan Casentini

Beryl & James Potter

Ryals & Associates, Inc. Staffing/Search Services

Antonio Sandoval Painting, Inc.

The Swig Company


In-kind Sponsors

ABC Security Service, Inc.

Douglas Parking

Handled With Care Mailing Service

Royce Printing

Safeguard by Julie Fox & Associates

Swanson Sound Inc.


Media Sponsors

Clear Channel Outdoor

The Piedmont Post


Food Provided By


Chop Bar

Home of Chicken and Waffles


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



Dashe Cellars

Dorothy Holmes & Monte Bolmer

Farley’s East

Honest Tea

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Pacific Coast Brewing

Rock Wall Wine Company


Southern Wine & Spirits

St. George Spirits



Fentons Creamery

Old Towne Danville Bakery

Sugar Knife Artisan Sweets

The Stroopie Gourmet

Sysco Foods