What better way to celebrate Father’s Day? Join the Harbor Bay Club on Saturday, June 16th at 4:00 pm for an old-fashioned summer concert on the green. Bring Dad and celebrate Father’s Day weekend with a special performance by acclaimed Beatles tribute band, The Sun Kings! Great food and drinks available for purchase including beer, wine and Looney’s Southern Bar-B-Que. All profits go to AEF’s All Together Now (ATN) fund, which supports music, art and drama in Alameda public schools.
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Foundation Donates $35,000 from “All Together Now” Benefit
AEF President Bill Sonneman presents check to AUSD Superintendent Kirsten Vital. Photo courtesy of AEF
At the February 28, 2012 Board of Education meeting, Alameda Education Foundation Board President Bill Sonneman presented a check to the Alameda Unified School District to support visual and performing arts programs in Alameda public schools. The funds were raised at “All Together Now,” an annual event supporting music, art and drama. In all, the Foundation is distributing $35,000 from the event to district and charter public schools.
“All Together Now” was founded in 2010 by Drew Harrison, bandleader of the popular Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings, and Peter Fletcher, of Peter Fletcher’s Hand-Picked Oldies Dance Party, for the purpose of raising funds for school music, art and drama programs as well as awareness of the importance of arts education in schools. “All Together Now 2011” was held on November 10th at the historic Alameda Theatre. In addition to Harrison and Fletcher, the benefit was sponsored by the Alameda Education Foundation, the Alameda Association of Realtors, and the Alameda Theatre and Cineplex.
Close to 500 guests enjoyed an evening of music, dancing, food and wine. The evening was headlined by The Sun Kings, who were joined by Alameda student musicians performing the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album in its entirety. The evening also featured Pete Fletcher’s Hand Picked Oldies Dance Party, Dance 10 dancers, and nationally acclaimed a capella group Talk of the Town. Guests enjoyed gourmet hors d’oeuvres and wine generously donated by local restaurants and vintners.
Dozens of Alameda businesses contributed to the success of the evening through their sponsorships and donations. A complete list of all sponsors and donors may be found here.
The funds from “All Together Now” are used by Alameda public schools to purchase and repair musical instruments, pay for play rights and production costs, and purchase art materials. Visual and Performing Arts budgets have been greatly reduced due to severe funding shortages from the State; however, with community support, these valuable programs are able to receive the resources needed to support arts education in Alameda.
“All Together Now” follows a long tradition of local musicians coming together to support music, art and drama in public school. For several years, the Alameda Education Foundation sponsored an annual Gala, featuring artists such as Frederica von Stade, Natasha Miller, Emil Miland and Michael Morgan, among many others, which raised tens of thousands of dollars for local public school music programs.
In addition to art, music, and drama, since 1982 the Foundation has been supporting programs in sports, science, technology and a variety of enrichment programs for Alameda’s 10,000 school children by providing funds, materials, and volunteer resources to supplement the opportunities available in our schools. We believe that thriving schools are essential for a desirable community and a promising future.
The Alameda Education Foundation wishes to thank all those who made “All Together Now 2011” such a success. And mark your calendars now to join us for the best party in town at “All Together Now 2012” coming this fall!
“All Together Now” to Support the Arts in Alameda Public Schools on November 10 at Alameda Theatre
Alameda, CA. The Historic Alameda Theatre will open its doors Thursday, November 10 at 6:30 pm for “All Together Now,” Alameda’s most FABulous party supporting music, art and drama in Alameda public schools. There will be dancing in the aisles when the evening’s headliners, Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings, hit the stage. A highlight of the evening will be when Alameda student musicians join The Sun Kings to play Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band in its entirety. Guests will warm up with DJ Pete Fletcher’s Hand Picked Oldies show featuring special guests, nationally acclaimed a capella group Talk of the Town, and an award winning performance by Dance 10.
The entertainment won’t be the only amazing part of the evening. In the true spirit of All Together Now, many local restaurants, vintners and breweries have joined the effort by providing a wide variety of delicious food, wines and brews. The Alameda Association of REALTORS® has lined up several wonderful silent auction items including a week’s stay in Maui, a cabin vacation in Lake Tahoe and a flight over the Bay. In addition there’ll be a couple of fun raffles including the chance to win a Scooter for as little as twenty dollars.
Beginning as an idea dreamed up between friends Drew Harrison and Pete Fletcher over a cup of coffee, “All Together Now” came to life in 2010 when local artists, businesses, and residents celebrated visual and performing arts in Alameda schools. With your support music, art, and drama will continue to inspire and spark the imaginations of our students. “Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation, and by studying music in schools, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives, and experience the world from a new perspective.”– President Bill Clinton
“All Together Now 2011” is brought to you by Drew Harrison of The Sun Kings, Pete Fletcher, the Alameda Association of REALTORS, Alameda Theater and Cineplex, and the Alameda Education Foundation.
Tickets are $50 on the day of the show starting at 6:30pm at the door. The Alameda Education Foundation is a nonprofit supporting vital programs in art, music, drama, sports, and much more!
The Historic Alameda Theatre
Thursday, November 10, 2011
6:30 – 10:00 pm
Tickets are $50 on the day of the show, 6:30pm at the door.
The evening features The Sun Kings, joined by Alameda student musicians who will perform The Beatles’ album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. Pete Fletcher’s Hand-Picked Oldies Dance Party, with special guest appearances by the nationally acclaimed a cappella group Talk of the Town and Alameda’s own Dance 10 dancers. For more information click here.
AEF President Bill Sonneman gratefully accepts a check for $5000 from the Harbor Bay Club. The Club hosted a summer concert on July 3rd, featuring Beatles tribute band, The Sun Kings, and raised vital funds to support music, art and drama in Alameda public schools. Pictured from left: Kirk Cowan, Harbor Bay Club; Bill Sonneman, AEF; Drew Harrison, The Sun Kings; Louise Howard, Harbor Bay Club. The Sun Kings will again be the featured performers, accompanied by Alameda student musicians, at All Together Now on Thursday, Nov. 10th at Alameda Theatre.