non profits

In support and recognition of children battling cancer, Alameda resident Marianna Martinez, 11, participated in the St. Baldrick’s Day event at Oakland Children’s Hospital. The Lincoln Middle School student traded her elbow-length hair for a shaved head, she said because she wanted to support a classmate suffering from cancer.

On Wednesday, Jan. 22, a total of $10,000 was presented to five nonprofit organizations that won the most votes from Alameda residents in the recent “Give Back” contest hosted by the Bank of Alameda/ Bank of Marin. At the ceremony, taking place at the Otis Drive branch, the five winning organizations — Alameda Boy Scouts, Alameda Meals on Wheels, Alameda Food Bank, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter and Rhythmix Cultural Works — each received a check for $2,000 from the bank.