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Once Upon a Time at Fairyland
fundraising gala in support of Children’s Fairyland in Oakland
Evening of Wednesday, May 25, 2022
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Kick off your glass slippers and join us as we invest in Fairyland’s bright future!

Once Upon a Time at Fairyland returns live and in person to the shores of Lake Merritt, bringing with it a rare—and coveted—opportunity for adults to experience the park without littles. Add to that a gorgeous evening of food, wine, costumes, fun, and philanthropy under the stars and you’ve got an evening that cannot be missed.

Our team is working hard to ensure that you will have an incredible evening while keeping the health and safety of our guests in mind: all attendees will be required to be fully vaccinated, including all recommended booster doses, and we’re using creative event design to enhance space for distancing.

Interested in last minute single tickets?

Please contact Leslie Fay Marks, Senior Director of Philanthropy, at leslie.marks@fairyland.org or (510) 452-2259 to inquire about available seating.

Our online auction begins on Friday, May 13 at noon and ends Saturday, May 28 at 8 p.m. PDT


2022 Gala Sponsors

Diamond Sponsors 

Union bank logo

Theresa Nelson and Barney Smits

Ruby Sponsors

Commnity bank logo

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Diane Delucchi Goodhue 


 Ken Betts' Companies

KRG primaryHoriz logo color

Marqeta Primary Logo SM 1 





Chris and Jana Pastena, owners of Chop Bar/Calavera 

Safeway Foundation logo

Square LogoLockup Black 

Deborah and Bob Van Nest

Visit Oakland logo

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Glenn and Ellen Voyles  

Silver Sponsors

First Republic Bank

Hanson Bridgett LLP

The Mickelson/Brody Multigenerational Fund


Port of Oakland 

Crystal Sponsors 

AB&I Foundry

Karen Boyd and Samee Roberts

Genesis Protective Services

Marcus Realty

Lorna Padia Markus

Rodney Richter and Gena Lewis Richter

Shining Star Consulting LLC

The Thompson-Bliss Family Gift

Walker and Associates Consulting



Contact Leslie Fay Marks, Director of Philanthropy, at leslie.marks@fairyland.org or (510) 452-2259.

2022 Gala Committee

Jana Pastena, Chair
Chop Bar

Diane Goodhue, Honorary Chair
Goodhue Investments

Carla Betts
Ken Betts, Co. 

Tori Decker
Downtown Oakland Association

Isaac Kos-Read
Kos Read Group

Jillian Loh Kearns
Loh Realty & Investments
Wellington Property Company

Camden Louie

Theresa Nelson
Theresa Nelson & Associates

Dawn Newton
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Deborah Van Nest

Individual and Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

At Fairyland, we believe in the promise and joy of all Oakland and Bay Area families, and that the power of play and stories—personal, cultural, and fictional—are a vital part of growing up. Sponsor Once Upon a Time at Fairyland and invest in diverse representation, broad access, and meaningful community, all while connecting with a broad range of philanthropists deeply committed to Oakland and Bay Area families.

Sponsorships are available at four levels

  • Diamond Sponsor: $10,000 includes ten (10) tickets
  • Ruby Sponsor: $5,000 includes ten (10) tickets
  • Sapphire Sponsor: $2,500 includes four (4) tickets
  • Crystal Sponsor: $1,000 includes two (2) tickets

Find all the details of corporate sponsorship here.

Find all the details of individual sponsorship here.