Chocolate & Champagne Gala 2019—Help Support Your Albany Community!

The Albany Education Foundation (AEF) and the Albany Community Foundation (ACF) are once again joining forces to host the Chocolate and Champagne Gala on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Northbrae Community Church, 941 the Alameda in Berkeley. This special evening will include champagne, wine and beer, chocolate and non-chocolate desserts and savory treats. Many delightful offerings will be available at the silent auction. A list of our wonderful silent auction donors is listed on both of our web sites along with our fabulous sponsors. Musicians from Albany High School will perform again this year.

Babysitting will be provided by a local Girl Scout troop. Please contact Dianne McNenny, (510) 527 – 8476, to make reservations. You will need your ticket stub number to reserve a spot. Children must be toilet trained. There is a suggested $5.00 fee.

Tickets are $30, which includes a complimentary glass of champagne and desserts. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are now available and I am happy to deliver them to you. You have been a supporter of this event in the past and I hope you will be able to do so again this year. Tickets may also be purchased online here.

This is the main fundraiser for these two wonderful organizations who do so much for the Albany community. AEF provides grants for AUSD new teachers to assist them in setting up their classrooms, field trip grants, and mini grants as well as the Sally Outis block grants for larger projects. Please see our web site, for more information about AEF.

ACF actively supports a number of programs including the Mercy Brown Bag lunch program at the Senior Center, the Albany Film Festival, Dinner with Albany, the Albany Y’s Youth and Government Program, AHS grad night and the Albany Triathlon. We have provided food at all of the City park clean up days and joined with the Friends of 5 Creeks to replace the signage at the Albany Waterfront. ACF collaborates with the Diverse Housing Working group and AUSD providing funding for the shower program at the Albany Aquatic Center for those experiencing homelessness or other housing challenges. ACF partnered with the City of Albany, University Village and the Albany Unified School District to present Near Normal Man as part of United Against Hate week. ACF was a major funder of the Albany Parklet. Please see our web site for more information about ACF,

If you would like to make a donation to the silent auction or money tree or to become a sponsor, please contact us at

All those who attended in past years had a wonderful time and I hope you will be able to join us this year at what has become a much anticipated Albany event, the 10th Chocolate and Champagne Gala on March 16.