Pacific Union GMAC Sponsors Evening of Jazz for Think College Now

Posted by Karen Monroe — May 21, 2008

OAKLAND, Calif. – (May 22, 2008) – For the second year in a row, Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate is the proud sponsor of an exciting fundraising evening of jazz music featuring Nicolas Bearde for Think College Now (TCN), an elementary school in Oakland that recently won the 2008 California Distinguished School Award. Pacific Union’s Montclair and Berkeley offices are committed to the future of the community and eagerly support education and the arts and TCN. The TCN evening will be held Friday, May 30 from 5:30 to 9:00 PM at Scotts Pavilion at Jack London Square in Oakland.Pacific%20Union%20GMAC%20Real%20Estate“I feel strongly that better tomorrows begin with education, and it takes a full community effort, with plenty of parental involvement to do it right,” said Dee Knowland, who works from Pacific Union’s Montclair office. “Think College Now is the embodiment of this concept. Please join us in supporting Think College Now at this fabulous fundraiser.”TCN is an elementary school in Oakland’s Fruitvale district committed to doing work to secure a bright future for children. Through its unique focus on college prep beginning in kindergarten, TCN is determined to give its students – 91% of whom live at or below the poverty level – the same opportunities children have in wealthier communities. The TCN community is a group of teachers, volunteers, and students’ families doing incredible work; but they must raise money from the greater community in order to continue to keep class sizes small, maintain the computer lab and pay for essential after-school programs.Jazz recording artist Bearde is from Oakland and a member of Bobby McFerrin’s world renowned a cappella vocal ensemble Voicestra. Bearde packs them in whenever he appears at Yoshi’s, where he applies his remarkably elastic, richly resonant baritone pipes to tunes associated with Lou Rawls.David Silver, TCN principal, will be on hand to share his passion and share more about being one of three Oakland schools to win The Distinguished School Award from the California Department of Education. The event features a wide array of hors d’oeuvres and a no host bar. Bearde will perform from 6-6:45 PM and then a second set from 7:15-8:00 PM.Wonderful trips will be auctioned between sets: a golf trip to the Western USA Finals in Carmel on July 6-7 with one-night accommodations at the Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club; a Puerto Vallarta Private Villa Experience for seven nights; and a Cabo Weekend Luxury Escape to Marquis Los Cabos.Date: Friday, May 30, 2008Time: 5:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.Place: Scotts Pavilion at Jack London SquarePrice: $50.00 ($25 goes directly to Think College Now)Tickets are sold at the door. Credit cards welcome.For more information, call Dee Knowland at 510.338.1318 or email Union GMAC Real EstateSince 1975, Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate has thoughtfully matched generations of buyers and sellers throughout the entire Bay Area. Pacific Union GMAC focuses on delivering outstanding quality and unparalleled service to a full spectrum of discerning clients. Pacific Union GMAC is the only firm in California to receive a distinguished International Property Award in association with CNBC for superior marketing materials and client services in the luxury marketplace. A premier, locally managed brokerage with knowledgeable, experienced real estate professionals, Pacific Union GMAC takes a leading edge to new technology applications designed to enhance the client experience. Pacific Union is a GMAC Home Services company. For more information, visit

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