America’s Cup Presentation Adds Highlight to Oakland Sailing School, Afterguard Sailing’s Hidden Treasure Fundraising Gala

Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — The Hidden Treasures Fundraising Gala on February 15, hosted by Afterguard Sailing Academy and Foundation, now has a new presentation on the evening’s lineup. America's Cup presenter Peter Rusch, from the America's Cup communications group at Pier 23 in San Francisco will provide an enthralling audio visual presentation followed by a Q&A session.

The Gala is being held in the California Ballroom at 1736 Franklin Street in Oakland, beginning at 7 p.m. 'Black Tie' is the loose guideline to suggest all dress up for a night of great fun. A site to see, Nico Colomb the youth director at Afterguard, will be wearing a Tux. Guests will be treated to their first glass of wine, champagne, or locally crafted beer, (those under 21 get soda, juice or waters). Thereafter, a no-host bar provides beer, wine and non-alcohol refreshments. Guests should bring their smart phones or can use an on-site computer, provided by 'Oakland Technical Institute', to keep updated when someone tops their bid on a treasured prize in the silent auction. During the silent auction and social hour, guest can enjoy the live performance of Jazz pianist Gunther Hofmann with flute accompaniment.

At 8 p.m., guests will take a seat to enjoy an 'All You Can Eat' Crab Feed' brought to the gala by local fishermen. Dessert is hand crafted Ice Cream provided by 'Tucker's Ice Cream' of Alameda. As the initial clatter of dishes quiet, five honoree awards will be given to Oakland Street Academy Principal Patricia Myrick-Williams, Math and Science Teacher Jeremy Cavagnolo, stalwart volunteer and retired OPD Marvin Jackson, and two deserving youth from the program.

At 8:30 p.m. the stage, podium, and big screen are given over to Peter Rusch. Peter has a stunning multimedia presentation to bring all who attend up to speed on the momentous events bringing the world's eyes to the Bay Area's sailing grounds. Practice sails will begin as soon as March 2013.

After the Q&A session on the America's Cup, the live Auction takes off, and this fun evening ends with the live performance of the voice of Sinatra by Steve Swan backed by a trio led by Kelly Park.

Can't make the date? Interested parties can participate in the Auction from afar using until the end of the silent auction – 8 p.m. the night of the Gala. Live auction items are pre-bid only. The on-line auction will continue to load new items up to February 13. Any items not sold or added after the event will be in a second on-line auction from February 16 until sold or until January 2014.

Doors open for the Gala at 7 p.m. at the California Ballroom on February 15. Tickets are $100 each, and proceeds directly benefit the foundation, ASF youth, OUSD alternative high school, and community programs. Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased by calling direct or on-line by visiting For sponsorships or donations, please contact Aurice Gaylon of AEG Events Management at (510)731-4425. Group pricing available, contact the office for more information.

About the company: Afterguard Sailing Academy is a sailing school and Charter company on San Francisco Bay waters teaching people to sail since 2003. Adult and youth courses are open to all ages with fun San Francisco Bay Charters and sailing followed by wine tasting experiences from the East Bay and Treasure Island. Afterguard has supported ASA college accredited and High School for credit courses with the help of Afterguard Sailing Foundation. Together this organization supports low cost sailing experiences for community members, non-profit sailing education programs for inner city High Schools, scholarships for financially challenged youth in summer camps and internship mentoring for high school youth directly and through Youth Employment Partnership.

The youth programs have always been a part of the mission for Afterguard, which began in 2003. The High School programs, began in 2006, fill one day a week as a double elective PE courses, initially for 10 students. Today Afterguard Foundation supports 15-25 students per session, in 6 sessions over the school year and 8 weeks of summer camps plus year long internships. For more information on their sailing clubs, sailing lessons and sailing charter services, please visit their website at


Mary Swift Swan
Afterguard Sailing Academy