The Board of Directors of the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir hosted a triumphant 30th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Oakland's beautiful Rotunda Building. The Joyful Voices Gala was a grand success, raising over $100,000 for scholarships and operations of the award-winning after school music programs that enrich the lives of children.
The evening began with an open champagne, wine and cocktail bar reception presenting the Choir's special "Signature Cocktail" while the choir community of supporters, parents, musicians, and alumni mixed and mingled, bidding on silent auction items and catching up with old friends. The cocktail reception was followed by dinner, catered by La Bonne Cuisine, and top-shelf live entertainment provided by alumni of the Choir featuring local favorites Matthew Cannon, Lauren Eigenbrode, Clifton Massey, Nikolas Nackley and Kate Offer.
Live Auction items included a Ski Getaway near Donner Lake, a Seven-Day Caribbean or Mexico Cruise with Holland America, tickets to One Direction, the very hot English/Irish Boy Band, a week stay at a private apartment in Tokyo, and culinary ecstasy for two at the French Laundry among other great items. The "Black Tie Admired but not Required" Gala was co-chaired by Alene Kemper and Terry Amgott-Kwan. Committee members were Francis Combes, Lisa D'Annunzio and Susan Malick.
In-Kind Donations were made by the following supporters.510 Skateboarding, Albany Bowl, American Conservatory Theater, The Amgott-Kwan Family, Amoure Skin Care, Dana Anderson, Ashkenaz Music and Dance Community Center, Aurora Theatre Company, David Baraff and Cynthia Adams, Bay City Bikes, Bed Bath and Beyond, Bell Investment Advisors, Inc., Bella Organizing, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Martin Benvenuto, Berkeley Ironworks, Berkeley Playhouse, Berkeley Symphony, Breema Clinic, Buttercup Grill and Bar, California Shakespeare Theater, California Symphony, California’s Great America, Matthew Cannon, Cheese Steak Shop, Children’s Fairyland, Rafael Cirne Lima and Julene Freit, Annette Clear and Michael Begert, Francis and Genni Combes, Lisa D’Annunzio, Eugene and Elizabeth deJuan, Frederick Dolan and Vicky Elliott, Domaine Carneros by Tattinger, East Bay Nursery, Lauren Eigenbrode, Entourage Spa, Salon, and Cafe, Eric Schumacher Photography, Ethan Wilson Cliffton Architect, Ezulwini Safari Lodges, Femi Macus Nailspa, Field Stone Winery, Flora Restaurant, Freight and Salvage Coffee House, The French Laundry, Richard Heaps and Laurie Ricksecker, Frank Helm, Holland America Line Inc, Holly Cerdwin, Audrey Howitt, Cynthia and Robert Hsu, Ici, Integrative Chiropractic & Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Eric and Silvana Ironson, Isabelle Gerard Skin Care Studio, J. Sahadi Jewelers, Jamie Westdal Photography, Kaur Photography, Drew Kemp, William and Alene Kemper, Heather King, La Bonne Cuisine Catering & Events, La Mediterranee, La Note Restaurant, La Note Restaurant, La Pena Cultural Center, Landmark Theatres, Randi and Mike Lee, Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Erica Maier D’Ambrosio, John and Susan Malick, Mama’s Royal Cafe, Clifton Massey, McDonnell Nursery, Kirke Mechem, Montclair Florist, Carla Moore, Chris Munich, Nikolas Nackley, The Oakland Athletics, Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Hills Tennis Club, Kate Offer, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Paramount Theatre of the Arts, Pave Fine Jewelry Design, Ray Perman, Philippa Roberts Jewelry, Picante, Pieces of Chocolate, Piedmont Yarn & Apparel, Stephanie Pile, Pocket Opera, Elenka Proulx, Reed Brothers Security, Renaissance Rialto Theater Group, Christine and Michael Rennels, Julia Richter, San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Sequoyah Country Club, Shotgun Players, Smuin Ballet, St. George Spirits / Hangar One, Alexandra and Rodd Stockwell, Successful Applicant, Sugar Bowl Corporation, Trapeze Arts, Leon Tuan and Susan Maggay, Urbano Cellars, Jukka and Sara Valkonen, Volti, Mark Winges, YMCA Downtown Berkeley.