Celebrating Children Rising’s Fifteenth!

By Children Rising | June 23, 2016

Thank you to every one of our supporters, volunteers, donors, table sponsors, speakers, prayer warriors, and guests for making our 15th Anniversary Gala a success! It was a beautiful, inspiring evening and we surpassed our fundraising goal of $100,000!

In particular, we’d like to salute

  • marvelous emcee Donna Somerville for conducting our event smoothly despite technical difficulties; 
  • keynote speaker Mayor Libby Schaaf for her time and her message of encouragement to our community;
  • 2016 Partners of the Year, the Lowell Berry Foundation and Lawrence Berkeley Lab;
  • 2016 Volunteer of the Year Carl Anderson for his 15 successive years of service as a classroom helper and for his quiet, caring, consistent commitment to investing in our kids and supporting our teachers.
Randy Roth and Mayor Libby Schaaf

In addition, we proudly presented three high school seniors with scholarships. The Eddie College Scholarship Fund was created by Todd and Doris Ahlsten for socioeconomically disadvantaged but promising students for the pursuit of post-high-school education. Requirements include participation in our CareerBridge mentoring program for at least two years. Congratulations to Fanae Clark, Ny’Dajah Jackson, and Mickey Sola! We loved getting to know you and we look forward to your future!

Margena and our Eddie College Scholarship recipients

Kudos to our Event Sponsors listed below:

Branagh Construction
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
Kensington Veterinary Hospital
Mark & Joanne Perra
Parnassus Investments
Union Bank

Todd & Doris Ahlsten
Ken & Stacey Mattson
Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa

Kaiser Permanente

Click on the link to watch Children Rising’s 15th Anniversary video.
Click on the link to see more gala photos.