Chocolate and Champagne Gala

The Chocolate and Champagne Gala Saturday, February 10, 2018


The Albany Education Foundation (AEF) and the Albany Community Foundation (ACF)  once again joined forces to host the Chocolate and Champagne Gala on Saturday, February 11, 2017. This special evening  included champagne, wine and beer, chocolate and non-chocolate desserts and savory treats. A wide variety of delightful offerings were available at the silent auction.

Sponsors are critical to the success of the Gala.  Please see the list of sponsors below.

New this year was babysitting provided by local Girl Scouts.  This service was appreciated by both parents and the children who enjoyed playing together upstairs under the creative eye of the Girl Scouts.

Photos from the 2016 Chocolate and Champagne Gala!




Thank you to our fabulous sponsors in 2017

Mechanics Bank

East Bay Paints

Marvin Gardens Realty El Cerrito

Albany Ford Subaru

Belmont Village Albany

Hopsy Beer 

Golden Gate Fields

Halpern Law Office

Tannahill Realty

I Song Orthodontics

Daniel Winkler and Associates

Lozano Smith Attorneys at Law

Arkin Tilt Architects

North Berkeley Investment Partners

Fishman Financial Group

Thank you to our wonderful silent auction donors in 2017


Eisenmann Architecture 2 hour Architecture Consultation
Le Mediterranee Gift Certificate
Ripley’s Believe It or Not 6 General Admission Passes
Winchester Mystery House 2 Complimentary Mansion Tour Passes
Talavera Ceramics Gift Certificate
5 Star Video Gift Certifcate
Albatross Pub Gift Certificates
Oakland Symphony Gift Certificate
Semifreddi’s Gift Certificate for a Year of Bread
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco 2 VIP General Admission Passes to the Legion of Honor or the de Young Museum
Aurora Theatre Company 2 Tickets to an Aurora Theatre Production excluding opening nights and co-productions
4th Street Yoga 4 Yoga Classes
San Francisco Maritime National Park Association 4 Guest Passses to visit the USS Pampanito at Pier 45
Shotgun Players 2 Tickets to a 2017 Shotgun Players Performance
Hiller Aviation Museum 2 VIP Passes – good for 4 admissions
Bettes Oceanview Diner Gift Certificate 
Monterey Fish Market Gift Certificate
Freight and Salvage 2 Tickets
Oakland Ice Center Family Fun Pack for Sunday Skate for Family of 4
Nan Phelps Black and White Portrait Session Prints sold separately
Landmark Theaters 4 VIP Guest Passes
Children’s Discovery Museum Family 4 Pack
Red and White Fleet San Francisco Cruises 2 Cruise Tickets for the Golden Gate Bay Cruise
Sky High Sports Family Pack for 4 Good Monday through Thursday
Gordo Taqueria 5 Coupons for Regular Burrito and Soft Drink
dma Organizing Home Organizing Assessment
Neilsen Framing Gift Certificate for Custom Framing 
Touchstone Climbing and Fitness 2 Intro to Climbing Classes, 1 Hour with a Climbing Instructor
Shawl-Anderson Dance Center Gift Card for Adult or Youth Classes
Little River Inn 18 Holes of Golf for 2 with Cart & 15% off Lodging
Pacific Pinball Museum All Day Admission for 2 Adults and 2 Children
Habitot Family Guest Pass for 2 Adults and All Your Children
Sarah Ray Design, Inc Landscape Design for Front or Back Yard
Alma Acupuncture 1 Acupuncture Treatment or 2 Shonishin (pediatric) Treatments
Cal Shakes 2 Tickets for a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday evening or Saturday Matinee Performance
Stonemountain & Daughter  Gift Certificate and Easy Guide for Sewing Blouses
Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Gift Certificate for 2 Adults and 2 Children
Sacramento History Alliance 1 Year Family Membership 
Funky Door Yoga Berkeley 2 Certificates for 1 month of Unlimited Yoga new students only or returning after 6 months
Caryl O’Keefe “Understanding the Universe: Intro to Astronomy”
Dale Mead San Francisco Cable Car photo plus CD
Ellen Graves Hand Made Shawl (blue and white)
Ellen Graves Hand Made Shawl
Ellen Graves Hand Made Scarf
Alexa Hauser Hand Blown Vase
Tina Chew Rice Bowls
Doug Donaldson Waterfront Twilight Photo
Powell’s Sweet Shoppe Gift Certificate
Exploratorium 2 General Admission Guest Passes
Sue Johnson Custom Lamps & Shades Gift Certificate for Lamp Wiring
Albany Historical Society  Images of America Albany 
Alegio Chocolate Chocolate Tasting for 6
Lindsay Wildlife Museum 4 Guest Passes 
Scandia Family Center 4 Passes for either Laser Tag or Miniature Golf
Iron Works Gym 2 Free Intro to Climbing Classes
Hearst San Simeon Grand Rooms Complimentary Pass for 2
Children’s Creativity Museum 2 Admission Tickets
Beach Blanket Babylon 2 Complimentary Rear Cabaret or Rear Balcony Tickets
Rialto Cinemas Cerrito 4 Passes for the Rialto Cinemas Elmwood or Rialto Cinemas Cerrito
Body, Mind, & Sprit Massage 1 1/2 hour therapeutic massage
USS Hornet Family Boarding Pass for the Sea, Air, and Space Museum
Rivoli Gift Certificate
Lawrence Hall of Science Family Guest Pass  (2 adults and 4 children)
La Note Gift Certificate
Mike McQuiston, Albany Police Chief Lunch with the Chief
Peggy McQuaid, Albany Mayor Lunch with the Mayor
Florence Wahl Incline Village Condo weekend rental
Blue and Gold Fleet 2 Complimentary Boarding Passes
East Bay Nursery Gift Certificate
Sticks Framing Print  “Patterned Horses III
San Francisco Symphony 2 Tickets to the SF Symphony, March 17 Beethoven and Barber
Berkeley Repretory Theatre 2 Tickets 
Central Works 2 – 2  Show Subscriptions for 2016 Season
Sonoma Raceway 2 Saturday race tickets June 23 – 25 and Chevys Fresh Mex 200 NASCAR West Series race June 24
Blackhawk Museum 4 Pack of Museum Tickets
Grand Lake Theater 4 Courtesty Passes
SF Flamethrowers Family Pack Admit Up to 2 Adults & 3 Children to any 2017 Home Game
Gilroy Gardens 1 Day Admission for 2
Hopsy Beer Gift Certificate
Marin Brewing Company Gift Certificate for 1 Assorted Case of Ale
Punchline 2 Complimentary Passes Good Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights
Natural Grocery Company Gift Certificate
Contra Costa Civic Theater 2 Tickets to Well February 17 – March 12, 2017
Stephanie Regni Variety of Soaps and Shampoos
Thomas Fallon Photography Portrait Consultation, 1 hour Photography Session, and 1 Hour Design and Décor Appointment
Thomas Fallon Photography Gift Certificate for a 12 Inch Fine Art Print
Bridges Rock Gym Gift Certificate for a 10 Punch Pass
Golden Gate Fields Gift Certificate for 4 to the Turf Club including Valet Parking
Solano Oriental Rug Gallery Gift Certificate Toward Rug Purchase, Restoration or Cleaning
Suzettes Crepes Gift Certificate 
Albany Firefighters’ Association Spaghetti Dinner Prepared by the Albany Fire Fighters Association
Disneyland 4 One Day Park Hopper Tickets (available May 1)
Assembly Member Tony Thurmond Coffee with Tony Thurmond
Val Williams 3 days and 2 nights in a beautiful home in Murphys CA
Pediatric Oral Wellness Dental Complete Exam, Xrays, Cleaning Fluoride Application, & Electric Toothbrush
Brush Strokes Gift Certificate for 5 Studio Visits
Monterey Bay Whale Watch 1 Complimentary Pass for 2
5 Little Monkeys Gift Certificate
Gathering Tribes Gift Certificate
Orange Theory Fitness 5 Pack of Classes
La Crema Gift Certificate
Mr. Dewey’s Gift Certificate
Spa Organica Gift Basket
Monkey Business Camp Gift Certificate for Field Trip Camp for Girls Ages 9 – 13
Monkey Business Camp Gift Certificate for Summer and School Break Camps for Kids Ages 3 – 15
Tree Stuber Yarn Bowl
Alexa Hauser Dale Mead photograph  Shasta Church
Alexa Hauser Il Gardino di Pancho Framed Italian Etching
Alexa Hauser Crayon Still Life by Napa Artist Pamela Hartwig
Alexa Hauser Crayon Still Life by Napa Artist Pamela Hartwig
V. Labiano Abello Architects 2 hour consultation
San Jose Sharks Puck Autographed by Micheal Haley
The Bar Method Berkeley Gift Certificate toward Classes and Socks
Vijaya Srivastava Merino Wool Shawl
Reece Halpern What’s Yours Like Game
Albany Film Fest 2 All Day Passes to the Albany Film Fest, 2 passes to the Gala, Albany Film Fest tote bag
Doug Donaldson Beach Reflection Temescal Creek
Belmont Village, Albany Gift Certificate for Rivoli 
Boss Burgers Gift Certificate
Eugene’s Café Gift Certificate
As You Wish Frozen Yogurt Gift Certificate
Akiko Kobayashi Arita Ware Jewelry Box from Japan
Akiko Kobayashi Arita Ware Decoration from Japan
Akiko Kobayashi Japanese Tea Ceremony
Tone Private Pilates Instruction
Albany Y 3 Months Adult Membership
Brian Parsley Beer Basket
Clementina Duron Sewing Maching
Caryl O’Keefe 1 of a Kind wool Shawl from India
Design +Build Students at Albany High Hand Made Redwood Bench
Dianne McNenny Basket of Spanish Wines and Treats
Erik Giesen-Fields 3 Hours Inspection/Design Consultation
Orchid Florist Orchid
Gail Shea Children’s Doggie Paw Print Quilt
Gail Shea Purple Roses Lap Quilt
Gail Shea Hawaiian Print Tablecloth and Napkins
San Jose Barracudas 4 Premium Sideline Tickets and an Autographed Puck
Family Forever Photography Family Portrait Session I Hour Portrait Session and $150 credit toward Wall Portrait
Family Forever Photography Pet Portrait Session I Hour Portrait Session and $150 credit toward Wall Portrait
I Heart Moss Moss and lichen Photo Book and Hand Made Sterling  Necklace
Solano Ave Association 5 Gift Cards

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