Elks Help North Bay Firestorm Survivors

Courtesy photo     Community volunteers stand with Mayor Trish Spencer as they help victims of the North Bay Firestorm.


The City of Alameda, the Alameda Eagles and Alameda Elks took a little more than two weeks to put an idea into action to collect much-needed items for the wine country fire survivors. The Elks filled a 48-foot trailer donated by Rodgers Trucking with some help from Otto Wright at The Local, the Kiwanis and Rotary clubs, the Downtown, Greater and West Alameda business associations, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce and the Alameda Business Network. The  Alameda Education Foundation partnered in arranging for the purchase of backpacks full of school supplies for students.  

Nine days of taking in and sorting donations, approximately six tons of items were ready to head north.

Last Sunday, the Alameda Benefit Concert at the Elks Lodge showcasing six different bands entertained several hundred music lovers throughout the day. Tommy Thompson and Tanoa Stewart arranged for performances by Mutual of Alameda’s Wild Kingdom, En Vivo, The Emulators, The Alameda All Stars and the Backwater Ramblers. Food during the event was donated by Kitchen of Alameda on Webster courtesy of Dee Dee Li-Kha and Chris Vavrosky.

In total, more than $6,500 in cash donations and gift cards were collected.

The Eagles and Elks would like to thank Alameda for coming together to support the efforts to provide for families affected in the fires.


Standing left to right: Vicki Sedlack, Alameda Education Foundation; Fred Guerrero, Past Association Vice President, Alameda Elks; Karen Kenney, Rotary Club of Alameda; Bob Larsen, Kiwanis Club of Alameda; Mayor Trish Spencer; Judi Tansey, President, Alameda Eagles; Lee Watson, President, Alameda Elks; Ken Haslam, House Committee, Elks; Ted Hommert, Elks. Kneeling: Chris dos Remedios, first Vice President, Elks; Ken Erdahl, House Manager, Eagles; Sam Hensley, volunteer; Otto Wright, owner, The Local. This team made the recent donation of some six tons of donations to Wine Country fire victims possible.