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Karlya Shelton Benjamin
Michael G. Smart and Carolyn G. Novosel
Peter Szutu and Family
Linda and Jeff Trowbridge
Payden & Rygel
Fiona Wilmot & Jeanette Howard
Alicia and Joe English
Capiraso Group, Inc.
Christian Church Homes
DayBreak Adult Care Centers
Jay and Irene Hsu
Masonic Homes of California
Meals on Wheels of Alameda County
Office of Supervisor Keith Carson
Thomas Alexander and Christopher Nathan
AltaMed Health Services
Blaisdell’s Business Products
Deborah E. Stebbins Group, LLP
Leading Age California
Office of Senator Nancy Skinner
Real Estate Law Group, LLP
Resources for Community Development
SABRE Real Estate Group
The Banta Family
2019 Event Chairs & Honorees
Karlya Benjamin, Founding Trustee, is a Fine Jewelry Professional, freelance photographer and former principal ballerina with the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York. As a ballerina she performed all over the world, at The White House, Kennedy Center and at the Royal Opera House for Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Thirty-five of her photos are on display in the photo-mosaic at the entrance to the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. She lived and worked in Denver, New York, Paris, and Beverly Hills before settling in the East Bay. She is currently a consultant and designer with Pavé Fine Jewelry in Oakland. She coaches dancers upon request and is fluent in French. Karlya is a founding Trustee of the Fund for Elders’ Independence.
Sandy Stec is 1/2 of “Marcus and Sandy”- a highly rated morning radio show in San Francisco on Star 101.3. (Weekdays, 6am-10am.) For almost 20 years, she’s worked her way up from a weekend shift in San Jose, to her current status- mornings in the 4th largest radio market in the country. Additionally, she can be heard on her sister-station in Los Angeles- KOST 103.5. She is also a hilarious and HIGHLY booked stand-up comedian. She’s worked with greats like Kevin Hart, Chelsea Handler, Arsenio Hall, Dana Carvey, Craig Shoemaker, Richard Lewis, Brett Butler, and many, many more. She’s worked for corporations like HP, Benefit Cosmetics, Caymus Vineyards; and her recent Britney Spears parody “Snack B**ch” made it on TV’s “Right This Minute.”
Though extremely driven, Sandy does have a weakness for buttercream frosting, and penny slot machines.
Rasheedah Mwongozi has been caring for her big brother, Oliver, since his unexpected stroke 15 years ago. At the time of the stroke Rasheedah was a single mom of two living in West Oakland and would see her brother weekly, when he would babysit her children so she could attend dance class. Then she got the call that changed all their lives…her brother needed to go to the hospital and she became an instant caregiver. Oliver needed to relearn to walk, speak and write. Luckily, Center for Elders’ Independence followed up and Oliver has seen been enrolled for 13 years. “I actually don’t feel like a caregiver because CEI does it all…if something happens at the Center, they contact me right away...we can be little sister and big brother. He is happy, healthy, and well taken care of now. I don’t have to worry about him.”
2019 Auction Items
Six Night African Safari
Experience the Magic of Africa at the Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge for 6 nights. Includes three meals and two game viewings each day.
Dinner for 8
8 Course Gourmet Dinner for 8 at a private venue.
Sweets & Suites
Treat yourself to a delicious array of Northern California’s sweetest desserts and overnight getaways for a combined seven days of relaxation.
Golf at the Olympic Club
You and a guest will relish in a round of golf and lunch at the prestigious Olympic Club in San Francisco. Hosted by club member, Craig Rossi.
Two Nights in Pismo Beach, CA
Spend two enchanting nights at The Cliffs Hotel and Spa fully equipped with a heated oceanfront swimming pool, a relaxing oceanfront lawn, and outdoor firepits. Choose a day of “Oasis of relaxation” at the onsite Diafelix Spa or head over to a local ATV rental to ride the Oceano Dunes.
A Feast for the Senses: Eight-Course Dinner for Eight
Savor a delicious, organic, eight-course private dinner for you and seven of your friends.
You’re going to Disneyland and Pixar Animation Studios Merchandise
The happiest place on earth just got better! This package includes four Disney tickets for two adults and two youths; a bag of Pixar merchandise; limited edition Toy Story 3 artwork; and a Pixar signed art book. To prepare for the special day, you’ll receive four passes to visit the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.
MVP Infield Box Seats to the Oakland A’s
Cheer on the Oakland A’s up close and personal with (4) MVP Infield Box Seats located right behind the dug out.
Limitless Bay Area Experiences
The Bay Area offers limitless excitement and you get it all with this package! Have a jam packed summer of fun or plan an activity a month for a year! See a world class play, fly through Redwood Trees on a zip line, take a professional portrait, lounge on couches at the movies, sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, play a round of golf, skate on ice, take a visit to the zoo, and hang out on Pier 39.
Golf for Two at the Prestigious Olympic Club
With 150 years of history, the Olympic Club is recognized as the oldest athletic club in the United States. “The Olympic Club has hosted multiple National Championships, numerous prestigious competitions and U.S. Open Championships” and offers views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park.
Wine Tours, Tastings and Sleek Home Storage for Your Collections at Home
This stainless steel, freestanding, wine refrigerator with dual temperature controlled zones is the perfect storage for your growing reds and wines. Need to stock your collection? Grab your wine partners and enjoy seasonal wine tastings and tours throughout Northern California’s Wine Country.
- MICHAEL KORS Large Leather Tote
- $300 Pave Fine Jewelry Design gift card
- Sweets and Suites: Fudge and candies paired with freshly ground gourmet coffee to take along on three one night getaways throughout the Pacific Coast, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and California Wine Country.
Adventure Cat Sailing Charters
Blaisdell Business Products
Clif Family Winery
Daily Digital Imaging
Family Forever Photography
Half Moon Bay Lodge
Lake Chabot Golf Course
Marin Theatre Company
New Park Theater
Oakland Ice Center
Pixar Animation Studios
Sonoma Camp Tours
Swiss Louis Restaurant, Inc
The Walt Disney Family Museum
Vichy Springs Resort
VJB Vineyards and Cellars
SOLD OUT PACE Party Raised $157,000
300 guests arrived at UC Berkeley’s University Club on Thursday, May 3, 2018 to help CEI celebrate the 10th Annual PACE Party fundraiser! The sold out event was CEI’s most successful PACE Party to date and exceeded all fundraising goals! $157,000 was raised to expand PACE services into East Contra Costa counties and provide at-risk seniors the services they need to continue living independently; and all thanks to the generosity of more than 70 sponsors, community partners, health care professionals, individual donors, and staff!!
The clear day had guests relishing spectacular views of the three bridges and birds eye view of Cal Memorial Stadium; while networking, fundraising, and enjoying delicious hor’ dourves and CEI’s signature cocktail, the PACE Maker. The main Entertainment of the evening was CEI’s very own PACE Setter Singers – a participant choir – who dazzled the crowd with three songs and showcased their abilities thanks to care they receive at CEI.
In Their Voice: Senior Perspectives, the feature video, was produced by Justice in Aging and included CEI senior participants, as well as seniors from CEI’s partner safety net organizations. Thank you Justice in Aging for this very generous donation!
Take a moment to view the event photos below!