Support Friends of Oakland Parks at Rec at “A Taste of Spring”

With city services at increasing risk of draconian cuts, the support provided by local organizations like the Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation or Friends of the Oakland Public Library grows more important all the time.

A Taste of Spring

I wanted to call attention to one fun way to help out one of these great organizations — attend the Friends of Oakland Parks and Recreation’s annual fundraiser, A Taste of Spring, which will be held this Wednesday.

Here’s some more information about the event from their press release (PDF):

Proceeds from the benefit will be used to fund swimming, boating, and camp scholarships, and special projects designed to support and enhance the City’s parks and recreation centers.

The event will feature delicious hors d’oeuvres from some of the East Bay’s finest restaurants, delicious fine wines, special musical entertainment, and a silent and live auction. Auction items include: a power lunch with Mayor Jean Quan, U2 concert tickets (June 7, Oakland Alameda County Coliseum), Oakland A’s luxury box tickets for eighteen, a football autographed by Raisers tight end, Zach Miller, and more.


A new community award — named after Friends’ founder, Anne Woodell — will be given in honor of the 30th anniversary of the founding of the group. The two community honorees who will receive the first ever Anne Woodell Community aware are: Gordon Piper, Oakland lanscape Committee and Ellen Wyrick-Parkinson, the 2008 winner of the Oakland Mother of the Year Award.

“A Taste of Spring” will be held this Wednesday May 4th at the Rotunda Building (300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza) in downtown Oakland. Tickets are $75 in advance or $85 at the door. You can buy advance tickets online at or by phone at 510.465.1850.

Hope to see some of you guys there!