BOSS was recently privileged to participate in two special events held by the Oakland A’s to benefit local causes. Thank you to everyone in the A’s organization for their amazing commitment to helping their community!
August 1st – Silent Auction
On Saturday August 1st, BOSS and the Oakland A’s Community Fund partnered for a silent auction at the home game at O.co Coliseum. The weather was perfect, the fans were incredibly supportive, and the A’s clinched a home win over the Cleveland Indians 5-1!
Of the 10 silent auction items available for bid, all 10 received bids over the starting amounts. As a result, BOSS will receive $1,175 from the Community Fund, which provided the items for the auction. The highest item bid was $265 for an autographed Gio Gonzalez jersey!
The Oakland A’s Community Fund also recently provided 150 donated tickets to BOSS in July as part of the Little A’s program, to allow BOSS children and their families to attend a home game for free, and provided silent auction items to BOSS in June for our Rising Stars Youth Leadership Gala event.
BOSS Board Member Marlene C. Hurd and Christine Lias, BOSS Grants and Individual Giving Manager, attended the silent auction to promote BOSS. Before the game, they were able to watch the A’s players warm-up on the field. Marlene in particular thoroughly enjoyed being in the ballpark!
Simultaneous to the silent auction event was a condolence table for fallen Hayward Police Sgt. Scott Lunger, recently passed. Spouses and girlfriends of the A’s players were collecting condolence cards for the family of the fallen seargent. Marlene and Christine met with the players’ wives and girlfriends – and offered up condolences on behalf of BOSS as well.
August 8th – Annual Bowling Bash
On Saturday August 8th, BOSS Executive Director Donald Frazier attended the annual A’s Bowling Bash benefiting the A’s Community Fund at the invitation of Spencer Gillette, Executive Director of the Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce.
Following a dinner buffet sponsored by Outback Steakhouse and an introduction of the special guests in attendance–current and past A’s players, as well as coaches and player wives and girlfriends—the bowling began. Fortunately for the lay-people in attendance, baseball skills do not automatically translate to skills on the lanes!
“I was honored to be part of this fun event, even though I didn’t break 200,” Donald joked. “The A’s are a great organization with amazing community spirit!”
BOSS is incredibly grateful to the Oakland A’s Community Fund for its ongoing partnership and support of our programs!