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Karlya Shelton Benjamin
Michael G. Smart and Carolyn G. Novosel
Peter Szutu and Family
Linda and Jeff Trowbridge
Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, LLP
Alicia and Joe English
AltaMed Health Services
Capiraso Group, Inc.
Christian Church Homes
DayBreak Adult Care Centers
Jay and Irene Hsu
Masonic Homes of California
Meals on Wheels of Alameda County
Thomas Alexander and Christopher Nathan
Leading Age California
Morgan Consulting Resources
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.
2019 Auction Items
Pello and Mary Walker
Daily Digital Imaging
Adventure Cat Sailing Charters
Half Moon Bay Lodge
Marin Theatre Company
Oakland Ice Center
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!