MONTCLARION: FEBRUARY 18,2010
NFL legends and a red carpet evening. Sounds like the Superbowl – but it’s a local event coming up at the new sports bar in Oakland’s Woodminster neighborhood – Monaghans. Organizer Rich Lieberman says Hall of Famer Jim Brown is the headliner for a major charity gala from 5-10 pm on April 8.
“It’s going to be huge,” says Lieberman. “We may have five Browns there – it may be a “Brown out”’ he jokes. In addition to inviting former Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown and Former House Speaker Willy Brown, he’s invited enough big names to field a team – including Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice.
The Town Crier will be there, of course. “Every media wag will be there,” claims Lieberman, whose Rolodex reads like a Who’s Who in the Bay Area and beyond. The public is invited and proceeds for the Jim Brown tribute party will go to Brown’s Amer-I-Can Program, teaching life management skills to inner city and incarcerated youth.
Fungus fashion: After last week’s column on mushroom art, a reader called to say that mushrooms were the inspiration for a collection of garments by Oakland designer Amy Sarabi. You can see the 26 year old Sarabi this season on the Lifetime reality show Project Runway. She’s one of 16 contestants vying for the grand prize, which includes $100,000 for the winner to launch their own fashion line.
Baseball battle: The fight to keep the Oakland A’s in Oakland is gathering momentum – thanks to Facebook. Organizers of Let’s Go Oakland – Keep the A’s say that in one afternoon, more than 1000 people followed their link and sent an email to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig pushing for the A’s to commit to a new ballpark near Jack London Square. Here’s the link if you want to check it out: http://www.facebook.com/letsgooakland
Helping Haiti: Here are three of the most innovative local fundraisers to help Haiti in recent days: Broadway Terrace Café donated an entire day’s receipts, over $1200, to the Salvation Army. The seniors at Salem Lutheran Home cleaned up 85 used walkers, wheelchairs and canes (with the help of the Pleasanton Rotary) to send to MedShare, and perhaps most impressive – 8 year old Grace Lester-Talley and her friend, 9 year old Emily Wagner, made $455 from a bakesale they held for Haitian relief. It was Grace’s idea – something she came up with after her teacher discussed the earthquake in class at Head Royce School. “A few years ago, my friend Emily came up with the idea of a persimmon sale for charity so I knew Emily would want to do this with me,” she said. The girls sent the money to the Red Cross.
Animal Tales: Just when I thought I’d heard everything….I’m told there’s a website where you can buy diapers for your pet goose. People actually do this – they diaper their geese so they can waddle around the house without dropping little surprises everywhere. This tidbit falls under the same category as people who put braces on their poodles to correct the overbite.
But then who am I to talk? I take my cat out for drinks.