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The members of the Alameda Homeless Network — Tony DeSimone, Al Filart, Susan Getman, Mark and Cindy Hovermale, Ginny Krutilek, Kari Thompson and Dee Tolbert — would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the following businesses and people that made the 24th Annual Have a Heart Gala held on March 27, a wonderful event:

 High Street Station Cafe for catering the event with its fabulous cuisine.

 Chuck DiGuida who graciously served as master of ceremonies

 Benefactor Sponsor, Tim Lewis Communities

 Partner Sponsors: Alameda Point Partners and First Community Bank

 Balloon Mania’s Kathy McIntire for the beautiful balloons

 The Alameda Elk’s Lodge for allowing us to hold the event at the lodge

 Excel Graphics for the lovely invitations

 Our Instant Wine Cellar donors.

We would also like to thank the following for their generous donations to our event: Al and Cheryl Filart, the Alameda Sun, the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, Alan and Kari Thompson, Bowzer’s Pizza, Café Jolie, Chelsie’s Gold, Chuck DiGuida, Clutter Coach and Connie Jardon.

We couldn’t have pulled it off without Disneyland, Disney Family Museum, Dragon Rouge, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and Ginny Krutilek.

The Golden State Warriors pitched in, as did Hartford Court Wines, India Palace, Lilac Boutique, JC Cellars, Jeannie Graham and Jessie’s Grove Cellars,

KlinkerBrick Winery helped out, joined by the Lawrence Hall of Science, Mark and Tom Squire-Sorensen, the Oakland Athletics, the Oakland Zoo and R & B Cellars.

Raintree Studios helped make the event a success. Rhythmix Cultural Works pitched in, as did Dr. Richard and Teddy Tabor, the San Francisco 49ers, the San Francisco Zoo, the San Jose Sharks and See Spot Run. We couldn’t have done it without Semifreddis, Skin Deep, Speisekammer, Susan Getman and Donald Kelley and Tucker’s Super Creamed Ice Cream.

We truly appreciate the support received from these individuals and businesses as well as from those who attended our event. Thank you for helping to keep the Alameda Midway Shelter available to support homeless and abused women and their children.

Kari Thompson President, Gala Chairperson


I wanted to let your readers know Alameda County in collaboration with the city’s Public Works Department is hosting an event for residents to drop off hazardous waste for free disposal on Sunday, May 31.

Residents can bring leftover paint, pesticides, e-waste and other household hazardous waste to this event. It couldn’t be more convenient — you don’t even have to get out of your car.

To get directions and register for a drop-off time, visit: www.stopwaste.org/onedayevent and select the Alameda location.

Jeanne Nader


I’d like to write to thank everyone who made Alameda Support Foundation’s "Now That Your Lawn Is Gone" garden tour such a huge success on May 17.

We had more than 200 participants attend the sold-out event, and along with our succulent plant sale and raffle tickets we raised $6,000 for Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter (FAAS).

Thank you to all the FAAS volunteers and thank you to all of you that came out to support what turned out to be a very fun event.

Les Hilger Alameda Support Foundation