CEI's Annual PACE Party

MAY 2, 2019

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2018 Highlights

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!

Sponsorship Opportunities are available now!

individual tickets are $200, or purchase a grateful sponsorship for $300 to receive one ticket and your name or company listed in the program book.

For more information...

2018 Sponsors



  • Linda and Jeff Trowbridge


  • Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley
  • Erika Bauer
  • Irem Mertol
  • Bing and Josh Isenberg
  • Fiona Wilmot and Jeanette Howard
  • Michael G. Smart and Carolyn G. Novosel
  • CEI's Senior Leadership Team


Meals on Wheels of Alameda

Capiraso Group, Inc.

Christian Church Homes

Covia Foundation

James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corp

LeadingAge California

Masonic Homes of California

Scion Staffing

TPX Communications

Directline TeleResponse

Strive Benefits

Aroner, Jewel & Ellis Partners

Aaron McPherson

Alexis Chettiar

No More Dirt

Nutrition Solutions

Thomas Alexander and Christopher Nathan

Jay and Irene Hsu



DayBreak Adult Day Care Centers

Real Estate Law Group

Neighborhood Housing Services

The Deborah E. Stebbins Group

Lincoln Financial

The Banta Family

Amy Kimmel

Catherine Johnson

Resources for Community Development

In memory of Marvin A Crockett

Dianna Garrett

Justin Lola

Koren Stevenson

Lenore McDonald

Vic Gellon

Alicia English

Chip Conradi

Event Chairs & Honorees


Carol Leytem

Anyone who has taken care of an elderly family member or friend can appreciate what an extraordinary organization Center for Elders’ Independence is. It was an honor to be part of the Rossi Builders team who constructed CEI’s new San Leandro PACE Center and their administrative headquarters lobby in Oakland. Rick and I have dear family and friends with heartbreaking stories of juggling life while caring for an aging parent; and I too have walked in those shoes. When the opportunity to chair PACE Party arose I didn’t hesitate at the chance to help CEI raise money for the deserving seniors. Our entire family attended CEI’s PACE Party last year and I was immediately taken by the PACE Setter Singers and all they can accomplish because of CEI! I am excited to be here tonight; and I hope guests will open their hearts and give generously - and of course, I want to meet and personally thank every one of you!

Carol Leytem, is the Business Development for Rossi Builders, an 84-year, 3rd generation, family owned General Contractor in San Francisco and a rare find in a crowded field of commercial general contractors in the Bay Area. Carol is an enthusiastic about commercial building and sits on several commercial real estate committees to promote fairness and camaraderie in the building industry.  The Leytem family is active in Rossi Builders as her husband Rick Leytem and son Jordan Leytem play active roles within the organization as Senior Project Manager and Superintendent on CEI projects.


Moni T. Law

Moni Law advocates for seniors every day in her role as Community Services Specialist with Berkeley’s Rent Stabilization Board.  “The Bay Area is an amazing place, rich in services, institutions, culture and community.  But the cost of rent and lack of affordable housing make Berkeley unaffordable for many seniors. More and more seniors are forced to move away from their families and friends.”  Born in Mobile, Alabama, Moni grew up in Southern California.  A graduate of UC Berkeley and USF Law School, Moni was named a "Rising Star" in Washington Law & Politics magazine in 2000 and 2001. Ms. Law is also featured among thousands of African Americans in an oral history archive “HistoryMakers.” In 2016, Moni was named a Trailer Blazer by the City of Berkeley’s Commission on the Status of Women.  In her free time, Moni enjoys mentoring young people, running 10ks and half marathons, traveling with her 80 year-old parents to Cuba, Broadway musicals, and the Monterey Jazz Festival, and promoting her actor/filmmaker son who resides in Los Angeles.


Ericka Curls–Bartling

I am extremely happy to support the work of Center for Elders’ Independence in their efforts to assist seniors to live healthy, independent lives. I cherished my grandparents whose love and support shaped my life and outlook; and I am grateful for the time my daughters shared with their great-grandmother. Our elders are teachers, mentors and sages; yet too often they are devalued or ignored as they age, instead of being recognized and honored fir the insights they bring to our lives with their stories. CEI care for and support seniors as they age without diminishing their dignity or independence. It is in honor and gratitude to my elders that I support CEI and our seniors of the East Bay.



Michael Harris

Michael moved to Alameda in 1993 to care for his mom, Nazaree. With CEI’s help, he managed to care for mom and work from home. Michael became a familiar face around CEI especially with other seniors, who like his mom, looked forward to getting together with the other seniors and sharing their stories. After his mom died in 1996,Michael joined CEI’s Board of Directors as the seniors’ Consumer Advocate, and has continued conversing with CEI’s seniors for over 22 years!



Linda Metcalf

Life partners Linda T. Metcalf and Tobin (Toby) Simon settled in their Oakland home twelve years ago. When Toby developed Parkinson’s disease in 2006, Linda began her journey as his primary caregiver.  “If Toby weren’t smiling at me all the time, I’d be a miserable person.” CEI provides a home care aide four times a week; and  Linda and Toby both agree the biggest help CEI provides is physical therapy and exercise – because of that they are able to still take daily walks together.

Live Auction Items

Plus...door raffles and an exciting game of Heads or Tails.

A Day on the Bay

A Day on San Francisco Bay

Private four-hour celebration • Up to 30 people • 65-foot Nokomis luxury yacht • Fully stocked bar and kitchen • Ample deck space • Sound system • Plasma TV’s • Many more amenities • Value: $3,200

Compliments of Heffernan Insurance Brokers

A Day on the Bay


Costa Rica Pura Vida in a Featured Resort

Includes: Six-night double occupancy hotel in a standard room at your choice of featured Costa Rican resorts* *Subject to Availability

Costa Rica Pura Vida

California, United States - Stinson Beach. Pacific coast view in Marin County. Part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Rustic Chalet on Stinson Beach

Five days and four nights at this peaceful four bedroom cabin located a mere 50 yards away from the sand. Valid Monday through Friday only

Stinson Beach Chalet

Oakland A's


Diamond Level Seats to the Oakland A's!

A pair of seats directly behind home plate!  VIP Parking, in seat service with complimentary food and beverages!

Access your seats by walking down the visiting team's tunnel!

Donated by Anne G. Bookin

A's Tickets


Wine, tours and more!

An assortment of 20+ of California’s finest wines, wine tours, gourmet coffee, and more!

Wine Cellar


The Stardust Lodge located in the heart of South Lake Tahoe’s shopping and entertainment district brings everything Tahoe right to your fingertips! Enjoy three nights directly across from the Heavenly Ski Resort’s gondola and a short five minute walk to the beach. Upon arrival you’ll have access to complimentary bike or sled rentals, beach passes, movie rentals, and a year round heated pool!  Don’t forget to pick up your list of free daily activities like bike tours, movie marathons, and ice cream socials! Wifi, parking, and breakfast are included, too! Package also includes gift cards to pick up travel essentials, cooler snacks, and Tahoe activities of your choice!

(3) Night Get Away to Lake Tahoe


Hand Made Quilt

Handmade 100% cotton quilt, 41" W by 51" L handmade quilt.

Design inspired by Gail Abeloe's Strippidy-Do-Da.

Donated by Diane Goff in memory of her friend and CEI participant, Grant Blocker

Handmade Quilt

golden state warriors logo

Golden State Warriors 3rd Row Tickets! 

Cheer on the Warriors from the 3rd row! 

Score a pair of 3rd row tickets for the 2018/2019 NBA season.

Donated by Rossi Builders


Warriors Tickets


Eight-Course Gourmet Dinner for Eight

Course Gourmet Dinner served for (8) guests.

Treat yourself and 7 guests to a delicious, organic, eight-course dinner in your home, a friend’s home or a chef recommended private venue.

Donated by Chef’s Pello and Mary Walker

Eight-course Dinner


Buy a chance to play a game of Heads or Tails!

$20 for a chance to win $1,000 worth of prizes!!

$800 in Southwest Airline Vouchers! Good for (4) one way trips or (2) round trips and $130 VIP Wine Tasting for (6) at VJB Vineyards and Cellars and a $70 bottle of wine! Look for the volunteers selling glow sticks for your way in!

Heads or Tails

In-Kind Donors

Aaron McPherson

Alexis Chettiar

Anne G. Bookin

Arizmendi Bakery

Black Stallion Estate Winery

Braden Busch

Daily Digital Imaging

Dashe Cellers

Diane Goff

Downtown Wine Merchants

Family Forever Photography

Foodie Adventures

Half Moon Bay Lodge

Heffernan Insurance

Irem Mertol

Justice in Aging

La Mediterranee

Marin Theatre Company

Oakland Zoo

Pave Fine jewelry

Pello and Mary Walker

Pier 39



Rossi Builders

San Francisco Giants

Silver Rides

Southwest Airlines

The New Parkway Theater

The Walt Disney Family Museum


Vichy Springs Resort

VJB Vineyards and Cellars

San Leandro PACE Center Opening

$140,000 raised to bring new services to 500 seniors in San Leandro.


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