A Night for the Children - April 28, 2017


On April 28th, we held our annual gala at the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland. We convened 150 friends and colleagues who believe in Ann Martin Center's goal to support the emotional health and school-readiness of children. We remain faithful to our mission to empower underserved youth through psychotherapy and educational support.

We would like to thank each and every one of you for your unwavering support of Ann Martin Center.

Click here to view photos from the last gala

Gala Honorary Chair: California Assemblyman Tony Thurmond, 15th District

Assemblymember Tony Thurmond represents California’s 15th Assembly which includes the East Bay communities that stretch along the I-80 corridor from Hercules to Oakland. Prior to his election to the Assembly, he served on the Richmond City Council in 2005, the West Contra Costa Unified School District from 2008 to 2012 and served as Senior Director of Community and Government Relations at Lincoln Child Center.

He has demonstrated his unwavering commitment to the field of mental health by sponsoring AB 1025 that funds mental health specialists in elementary schools. In Alameda County, Ann Martin Center is one of the biggest providers of mental health services at the elementary school level through the EPSDT program, and in June 2016, Assemblymember Thurmond selected Ann Martin Center as "2016 Nonprofit of the Year" for his district. We were honored to receive this recognition.


At the forefront of innovation, the Ann Martin Center has been providing high quality mental health services, and educational support to the greatest at-risk families in Alameda County for over 50 years. It is with great pleasure that I honor and recognize the tremendous work, achievements, and the dedicated staff of the Ann Martin Center, by naming them the California State Assembly 15th District Nonprofit of the year.” 
–California Assemblymember Tony Thurmond, 15th District
Entertainment: Destiny Arts Performing Center

Destiny Arts Center is an Oakland-based nonprofit violence prevention and arts education organization that has been serving youth ages 3-24 for over 25 years through after-school, weekend and summer programs in dance, theater, martial arts, self-defense, performance and youth leadership at our Oakland center and in up to 45 East Bay public schools annually.  Destiny uses the performing and martial arts as a platform to build peace, create awareness and effect social change.    
The Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company is a multicultural group of teens working with professional artist to create original performance art. Using hip hop, modern, and aerial dance, theater and martial arts, teens harness emotions and channel them through creative movement and performance.  The group performs for up to 25,000 audience members each year in different settings and has been the subject of two feature length documentary films.  
We are very thankful for our Corporate Sponsors: Dodge & Cox, Kaiser Permanente, Crossroads Trading Company, and Telecare Corporation. All sponsors include tickets to the event, ads in our program book, and recognition on our website, invitations, and program slideshow. If you are interested in sponsoring our "A Night for the Children" Gala this year, please contact Emily Cha, Development Coordinator, at echa@annmartin.org or 510-655-7880 x 304.
We are grateful for your loyalty and generosity helping us reach underserved children in our East Bay community.  
Many Thanks to our Generous Sponsors & Table Hosts!
Entertainer Sponsor ($10,000)
Dodge & Cox
Artisan Sponsor ($5,000)
Hill Blackett, III, & Elaine Bayus
Ann & Jon Reynolds
Betty & Mark Simpson
David S. Theis
Performer Sponsor ($2,500)
Candis Cousins, PhD, and Bruce Kerns

Crossroads Trading Company

Kaiser Permanente

Jacquette S. Theis
Dancer Sponsor ($1,500)

Telecare Corporation
Table Hosts & Captains:
Linda & Mike Baker
Steve & Deborah Kaminski
Marian & Tim Nelson
Catherine Reining
Joan Waranoff
John White & Marcia Black
Thank you to our Generous Wine Donor(s)!

Stomping Girl Wines, Berkeley, CA

Broc Cellars, Berkeley, CA