Celebrating 107 Years
Weekly News Update Presented by the Oakland Metro Chamber
May 29, 2012
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Dear Members & Friends,

Celebrating 107 Years 


This year's Annual Meeting will recognize and celebrate its members, the lifeblood of the organization. The event presents members with an opportunity to celebrate a year of Chamber accomplishments, a chance to network with new and award-winning members, and a way to show support for the Chamber and our many programs. The luncheon is also one of the major fundraising events of the year, providing the Chamber with funds to continue those programs and our strong advocacy for local business.


The 107th Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, June 27 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Oakland Marriott City Center. Visa is the title sponsor. Go with Visa!


The event will showcase the Oakland Chamber Award winners in the following categories:


Small Business Innovator

Nonprofit Impact

Business Volunteer of the Year

Education First

Community Contributor

Best Oakland Dish

Leadership Oakland Alumni of the Year


Table sponsorships start at $1350 and a single ticket for the event is $75.


To reserve a table or seat or sponsor an award at the luncheon, visit www.oaklandchamber.com or contact Amanda Medina at the Chamber of Commerce, (510) 874-4800, ext. 319 or at amedina@oaklandchamber.com 


God Bless America!


 Joseph Haraburda, President and CEO







Multi-Chamber Mixer, Thursday, May 31st, 5:30-7:30 p.m at Oakland Harley Davidson, 151 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA


Ambassador Committee meeting, Wednesday, June 13, noon-1 p.m.


Economic Development Forum, Wednesday, June 13 3-4:30 p.m. featuring Pop-Up Hood co-founders Alfonso Dominguez and Sarah Filley discussing Micro Enterprises and Lessons Learned in Old Oakland.



Empty Bowls - Join the Alameda County Community Food Bank from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 for an evening of art, nourishment and advocacy as they fill empty bowls for those in need in the community. Info: www.accfb.org


An Evening in Paris - The Board of Directors of the Alameda County Health Care Foundation invites you to its 22nd annual gala benefit, "An Evening in Paris," benefiting Alameda County Medical Center's mission of health care for all. The black tie optional gala will be held on Saturday, June 2 at The Rotunda Building at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland. Info: www.achcf.org 


Raiders golf classic - On Monday, June 4, Oakland Raiders legend Fred Biletnikoff will join with the Raiders to host the 8th annual Fred Biletnikoff Hall of Fame Golf Classic in Lincoln, California, in memory of his daughter Tracey, to support many causes throughout the East Bay and Sacramento area. The tournament is now the official golf tournament of the Oakland Raiders. Info: www.biletnikoff.org


Pacific Community Ventures fundraiser - Pacific Community Ventures invites you to be a part of re-inventing prosperity at its annual fundraiser and marketplace on Wednesday, June 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens St. in San Francisco. Join PCV and LinkedIn Chief Executive Officer Jeff Weiner, 40 local companies and 350 community leaders to celebrate small businesses, the entrepreneurs who build them, and the jobs they create in lower-income communities. Info: (415) 442-4306 or akelly@pcvmail.org


Adults only at Children's Fairyland - Pixie lights will twinkle, food and drink will be served, and visitors will bid on live and silent auction items at "Once Upon a Time" at Children's Fairyland from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 699 Bellevue Ave. on Thursday, June 7. Info: www.fairyland.org 


Scholarship Banquet & Ball - The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, which trains and motivates high school and middle age school young men, will celebrate its 34th anniversary with the annual banquet and ball on Friday, June 22 at Bates Hall, 6670 Foothill Blvd. Info: (510) 482-8900 or (510) 867-8436.