Oakland, California (EastBayDaily) — Afterguard Sailing Academy is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for their Afterguard Sailing Foundation Hidden Treasures Gala on February 15, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the the California Ballroom. The Black Tie affair includes a delicious crab feed, exciting silent and live auctions ending with dancing to live entertainment by Afterguard's own Perfectly Frank (Steve Swan).
The Afterguard Sailing Foundation fundraising gala directly benefits the Afterguard Sailing Foundation youth, the Oakland school district and community programs. Most significantly, the proceeds will enable the foundation to continue and to expand its 'Destination Graduation' program. Their multi-part program uses sailing instruction to make real sailing lessons from math and science curriculum taught at the Oakland Emiliano Zapata Street Academy High School. The program has helped increase graduation rates and successfully encouraged students to stay in school, keep their grades up and seek higher education.
“The gala auction offers hot items and fun local and exotic experiences and is requesting and accepting more donations to support our cause." said Mary Swift Swan owner of Afterguard Sailing Academy. "We have a vision to offer this opportunity to more schools as a set of proven programs that motivate students to stay in school making a long term difference in the lives of our students. Sailing lends itself to build self-confidence, develop leadership and cooperative teamwork skills, increase awareness of the environment and improve conscious decision making."
The California Ballroom is located at 1736 Franklin Street in Oakland. For sponsorships or donations, please contact Aurice Guyton of AEG Events Management at (510) 731-4425. Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at http://afterguardgala.eventbrite.com. For more information about Afterguard Sailing Academy and the Destination Graduation program, visit http://www.afterguard.net or call (510) 535-1954.
About the company: Afterguard Sailing Academy provides college accredited and ASA certification education for all ages and fun sailing experiences from the East Bay and Treasure Island. Afterguard Sailing Foundation supports low cost sailing club 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 first youth programs, which began in 2003, were for Sea Scouts and Boys and Girl Clubs. The High School programs, began in 2006, are one day a week as a double elective initially for 10 students. Today Afterguard Foundation has 15-25 students per session in fall and spring trimesters, with donated boat restoration instruction during the 12-week winter trimester for 6-10 students, week-long, M-F, summer camps – 8 weeks each summer plus year long internships. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.afterguard.net.
Mary Swift Swan
Afterguard Sailing Academy