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Once Upon a Time at Fairyland Returns May 24, 2023!

Join us on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 at this year’s gala fundraiser, Once Upon a Time at Fairyland!

This fabulous, grown-ups only evening is the most magical night of the year at Children’s Fairyland. Featuring signature cocktails, live music, a delicious three-course meal, and an incredible roster of live auction items and raffle prizes, it is everything you would expect from a spectacular gala—and more. Costumes. An enchanted garden. Creative energy. A starry sky above. This year’s theme—Enchanted Forest—speaks to endless possibilities, powerful transformation, and an evening that will truly be one to remember. 

Join us as we invest in Fairyland’s continuing transformation to ignite creativity, confidence, and a love of learning for the next generation.

Individual and corporate sponsorships are available now! Sponsorships start at $1,000 and continue with increasing benefits up to $10,000. A significant portion of your sponsorship is tax deductible, so you can find the one that works best for you. Please open the menu below for all the details about sponsorship, market, and reach.


Please contact Leslie Fay Marks, Senior Director of Philanthropy, at development@fairyland.org or (510) 452-2259.

2023 Gala Committee

Jana Pastena, Co-Chair
Chop Bar

Dawn Newton, Co-Chair
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Karen Dea
Wa Sung Community Service Club

Tori Decker
Downtown Oakland Association

Luana España
Community Affairs Representative

Isaac Kos-Read
Kos Read Group

Ken Maxey

Theresa Nelson
Theresa Nelson and Associates

Deborah Van Nest

Sarah Yoell
Pacific Gas & Electric

Individual and Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

Individual and corporate sponsorships are available now! 

By sponsoring Once Upon a Time at Fairyland, you’re investing in a bright future for the park, one dedicated to diverse representation, broad access, and meaningful community. You’ll also have the opportunity to make critical connections over an incredible dinner to further Oakland’s dreams and get your name in front of tens of thousands of Fairyland families. All the details are below:

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