Gala Fundraiser

  • In 2017 we celebrated our 22nd annual gala with Hidden Treasure

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  • There were buccaneers, sea dogs and pirates galore. 

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  • The galley turned out seaworthy cuisine

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  • A swashbuckling good time was had by all

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  • Your support makes all the difference

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Once upon a time … there was an enchanting storybook park on the shores of a beautiful lake in the middle of Oakland. That park, Children’s Fairyland, thrives today because of people like you who believe in our story. Join us on Wednesday, May 30, to celebrate Fairyland’s 68 years and to propel us into a magical future. We’ll open our fairy gates for adults only, with twinkling lights, whimsical décor, and lavish hors d’oeuvres and drinks, followed by a sumptuous catered banquet and live auction.

Dress in your favorite fairy-tale or storybook attire and enjoy a memorable evening on the shores of Lake Merritt. As a nonprofit organization devoted to ensuring that all kids have access to the magic of our park, we rely on our annual fundraising Gala to keep our fairy wings aloft.

Won’t you help us turn Once upon a time into Happily ever after

Our online auction begins at 9 a.m. on Friday May 18 and ends on Thursday June 7 at 8 p.m. 

Our event is sold out, but you can still sign up for our wait list.

Or become an event sponsor to access all of these amazing benefits

We invite individuals and businesses to donate gift certificates, wine, and travel packages to our online and live auctions. Please fill out the donation form.

A big "thank you" to our 2017 Gala Sponsors

Special Friends


Glenn and Ellen Voyles


Ruby Sponsors

Dan Altemus & Marie Riehle


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Gallagher Burk Logo




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Gold Sponsors

Carla and Kenneth Betts

Black Oak Gallery

Community Bank of the Bay

Give Something Back Office Supplies

Isakow and Salinas Family

McGuire & Hester Foundation

Nia Community Foundation

Port of Oakland

The Safeway Foundation


Silver Sponsors

Antonio Sandoval Painting, Inc.

Mark and Kay Barchas

Bell Investment Advisors

BTR Capital Management, Inc.

Chop Bar, Lungomare and Calavera

Colliers International

Cushman & Wakefield

Johnstone Supply Oakland /Gene Zahas

Josehart Construction Management, Inc.

The Lenfest Foundation

LOH Realty & Wellington Property Company


Madison Park Financial Corporation

Theresa Nelson and Barney Smits


Oaks Card Club

Orton Development

Roberts Electric Co., Inc.

Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc.

Signature Development Group, Inc.

W.A. Rose Construction


Crystal Sponsors

ABC Security Service, Inc.


Jamie Flaherty-Evans & Ken Evans

Golden State Warriors

Diane and Neil Goodhue, Goodhue Investments

Lake Merritt Dental

Lee & Associates

Kyle Milligan and Susan Casentini

Lorna Padia Markus

Beryl and James Potter

Serenity Thompson, Realtor, Better Homes and Gardens


In-kind Sponsors

Douglas Parking

Handled With Care Mailing Service

Royce Printing

Safeguard by Julie Fox & Associates


Media Sponsors

Clear Channel Outdoor

The Piedmont Post

Food Provided By


Blue Heron Catering

Chop Bar

Commonwealth Café and Public House

Home of Chicken and Waffles


Hutch bar & kitchen


Miraglia Catering & Event Planning

Montperi Catering and Events

Pacific Fine Foods

Picán Restaurant

Red Boy Pizza

Ron & Sally’s Oyster Bar





Barefoot Wine & Bubbly

Core Hydration

Farley’s East

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Remy Martin/Mt. Gay Rum

Rosenblum Cellars

Sparkling Ice

St. George Spirits

Zocalo Coffee



Fentons Creamery

Johnny Appleseed Cafe

Natty Cakes

OCHO Candy

Old Towne Danville Bakery

Silvia Morita-Patel Events

Sysco Foods

Whole Foods Market