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Onyx News Thanksgiving edition-New events, updates and results of last week's fundraiser

From: Lakeisha
Sent on: Thursday, November 24, 2011 2:14 PM

Greeting Onyx,

Happy Thanksgiving! Whether you are here in the Bay Area or celebrating the holiday elsewhere, I hope you are in the company of loved ones.  Connecting to the many positive folks I’ve met through Onyx over the years has been amazing. I never imagined it would grow this much or be such a huge part of my life when I started back 2007. I am so grateful.

So with this Thanksgiving edition, I finally have had the opportunity to make some updates and add some new events that I would like to share with you. I also wanted to share with everyone the results of last week’s Adopt-A-Family fundraiser at Savvy Cellar and let everyone know of an opportunity to cheer up orphans in Burkina Faso by writing them a holiday note.

New Events

Tomorrow’s two events:

  1.  World Premiere of Fam Bam tomorrow at De Young: If you are in the area and want to do something active tomorrow, we’re heading over to San Francisco to view one of the screenings of FAM BAM, a short documentary by award-winning filmmaker, De Young fellow and Onyx member Kevin Epps.  FAM BAM takes a critical look into the structure of the black family in America and delves into the many layers of how this structure helped assuage the influences of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and the crack era. I’m sure it’ll be interesting. To RSVP, click here.                                 Logistics: Tickets are free but they are first come, first serve and they will be dispensed at 5:30 pm at the front of Koret Auditorium. I plan to arrive at 5:30 pm and I am going to try to get tickets for the second screening at 7:10 pm because the Q&A session with Kevin Epps will follow at 7:45 pm.  If I can, I will ask for tickets for all the folks that RSVP but I can’t guarantee they will let me get tickets for people who are not present. So, it would be great if some folks can join me at the ticket area at 5:30 pm. Once we get the tickets, we can grab dinner at the De Young Café (the food there is excellent).  Note on parking- Parking is sometimes hard at the park. I will try to park inside Golden Gate park but worse case I’ll park in the Inner Richmond neighborhood next to the park and walk in.
  2. Mixologi Event at the Mercury Lounge: Following the showing, we’ll head over to the Mercury Lounge to dance off that holiday turkey. This free event is hosted by Mixologi.  If you’d like to join us, click here.  I’m not sure when exactly we’ll head over so make sure to call or text to connect with the group.

Holiday Parties Galore:

  1. Remy Martin Mixer at ME Restaurant on Dec. 1st: Come join East Bay Black Professionals for a Private mixer at ME Restaurant in Hayward. Additional details are here.
  2. Google Holiday Mixer on December 8th: Behold, I finally posted some details on our third annual holiday mixer at Google (so awesome that the event got 55 rsvps without any information at all). Like usual the event is in collaboration with National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and generously sponsored by Google. This networking reception will feature presentations about local outreach initiatives and opportunities to make a difference in the Bay Area and Silicon Valley communities. Representatives on behalf of Girls to Women and 100 Black Men of Silicon Valley will be present.
    Next week, I will email to the yes rsvps a link to Google's registration page. I
     mportant:in order to attend the event, you will need to register on Google's event page in addition to here for security reasons. Space is limited and we have reached maximum capacity each year, so please register on Google's event page early once you are certain you will attend. The attire for this event is business/business casual.
  3. TAN/Onyx/BPN Holiday Party at the San Jose Hilton: This is the holiday party to break out your holiday cocktail dress or dark suit. Onyx is once again is partnering with the African Network and the Black Professionals Network in hosting a holiday party at the Hilton in San Jose. Appetizers will be provided and the ticket will cover one drink (alcoholic or non alcoholic). DJ Fiifi will spin African/World beats and Hip Hop favorites. Advanced tickets are $25 and a portion of the proceeds will go to Onyx's Adopt-A- Family fundraising effort. To purchase advance tickets, please click here.

Adopt-A-Family Fundraiser-results from last Thursday's event and online donating:

Thanks to everyone who attended the Adopt-A-Family Fundraising Mixer last Thursday. In addition to being a great time, we received great support for the Adopt-A-Family Fundraising effort, which was greatly appreciated. We received $260.00 in cash donations, 2 $25 Walmart gift cards, a bunch of Wii games, and two $20 cards for grocery stores- one for Lucky and the other for Safeway. We will apply every contribution towards assembling gifts for all the families. Because we are still in need of funds, I set up a page so people can make online donations here (I added content and set up the Paypal link). Any contribution would be greatly appreciated.

Another thing I neglected to mention is that the donations are tax deductible. If you wish to receive a donation, just provide your contact information and I will forward it on to Compass Family Services.


Write A Holiday Note To Orphans In Burkina Faso:

Last, but not least, I wanted to share an opportunity to do something small but powerful for orphans in Africa. Yonel Perez, the founder of the Yiriba Orphanage in Burkina Faso has made a request for folks to send holiday cards to the orphans at his orphanage. As you might imagine, the December holidays can be a very sad time of the year for orphans as they don't have parents or family to celebrate with or to receive a present from. Yonel is asking for folks to take 5 minutes to write a note, email, or send a card to the orphans of Yiriba. Yonel will personally deliver them at Yiriba Orphanage and they will presented to the orphans on Christmas day. If you have kids, it would be great to invite them to participate by drawing or writing a card. If you wish to participate, send the cards to P.O.BOX[masked] San Francisco, CA 94119 or email = [address removed] by December 3rd.


That's all for now. Thanks for reading and Happy Thanksgiving!



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