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The Alameda Welfare Council (AWC) would like to publicly thank the Alameda Business Network (ABN) for its generous contribution to the Alameda Welfare Council. Through its holiday fundraiser, ABN raised and donated $15,000 to AWC. The AWC board of directors voted to donate the funds to nine local non-profits: 

• Girls Inc.
• Alameda Boys and Girls Club
• Meals on Wheels
• Alameda Food Bank
• Alameda Family Services
• Midway Shelter
• American Red Cross
   Holiday Food and Toys
• Alameda Homeless Network
• Friends of the Alameda 
   Animal Shelter
• Alameda Educational Foundation 
   Equip for Success program
• Alameda Music Project

We encourage all Alamedans to support ABN, an organization of business professionals. Please check out its website: www.

Linda Grant, AWC President

I would like to thank the Alameda Sun for running the fundraising letter for Alameda Community Sailing Center. 

Our mission is to make sailing available to all people regardless of income and apparently there are a lot of Alamedans who appreciate that. 

We had 152 kids in our camps last summer (up from 62 in 2013) and hope to grow that to nearly 200 this year. 

We are trying to maintain a ratio of about 30 percent scholarship students — under $80,000 household income. That amounts to more than $30,000 we need to underwrite through means other than student fees. 

During the year we have a number of events where you can meet the kids and their parents and get to know our programs. 

Thanks again and Happy New Year.


Doug Perry, Treasurer, Alameda Community Sailing Center

The Alameda Family Services board of directors would like to offer heartfelt thanks and warmest congratulations to the Alameda Family Services League for another successful Holiday Home Tour. Lead by the ever-gracious Katie Honegger and her team of tireless volunteers, this annual event dazzled the hundreds of attendees yet again.

The homes were spectacular; the homemade treats in the gourmet shop were delectable; the boutique was filled with unique (and shiny!) things; the tea was a warm and welcoming respite.

The proceeds from this yearly event continue to support the programs at Alameda Family Services.  We wish to extend deep gratitude for all the hard work to the AFS League: Carol Rivano, Cindy Batchelor, Ernestine Bianchi, Griselda Bissett, Hanna Fry, Kathi Honegger, Katie Honegger, Malia Vella, Pam Savin, Susan Kaney, Teresa McDaniels, Toni Vella, and Winkie Campbell-Notar.


Kathy Moehring, President AFS Board of Directors