Thanks to Alameda Business Network

The Alameda Welfare Council Board and our members send a huge thank you to the Alameda Business Network for their contribution to our nonprofit agency. The Alameda Welfare Council has been in existence since 1928 and has supported only Alameda's nonprofit agencies through the years.

Through the efforts of ABN and its fundraiser and mixer, "Arms Around Alameda," held at the Alameda Elks Lodge recently, the beneficiaries of the event were the Alameda Food Bank, Toys for Tots and the Alameda Welfare Council. The guests donated food and toys, then toured auction tables and bid on items and tried their luck at several big ticket prizes.

The Palacios Brothers hosted a delicious buffet, and DJ by the Bay provided live music. The event raised $10,000, which was donated to the Alameda Welfare Council for distribution to many of the nonprofits agencies within Alameda. This is truly an example of charity beginning and staying at home in Alameda!

Thank you, ABN, for a wonderful event that was very well organized, fun to attend, and will benefit the needs in Alameda. This was a win-win for Alameda, Alameda Welfare Council and our many nonprofit agencies.

Dee Keltner president, Alameda Welfare Council Board

Editorial well done about tech industry

I often look forward to reading the Alameda Journal's editorials, and I found the recent entry, "Public's trust in U.S. tech products has to be restored," so exceptional as to move me to respond with a note of appreciation.

Apart from a well deserved and full-throated critique of the NSA's spying/data collection and the economic impact on the Bay Area business community (not to mention the privacy issues as concerns individual citizens) the paper took to task the belated response by the high-tech industry leaders as well as government officials, naming names, summarizing how we managed to find ourselves in this state, going back to the passage of the first Patriot Act, and what we can do to restore trust in our government and business industry alike. Well done.

Heidi Chesney

Kudos to those who helped local shelter

Many thanks to those individuals and groups who have contributed to the Midway Shelter's Adopt-A-Bed program for abused women and their children. A number of the listed donors have contributed several times during the month of December.

Marion Abdullah, Barbara Wildman, John and Pat Kennedy in memory of Mary Michael Kennedy, Luso -- American Life Ins. Co., Edmund V. Lemi, Paula Patillo-Dupree, Sothera Sang, Barbara Anderson, Betty Sanderson, Anonymous I, Malyon Booth, Cynthia & Walt Grady, Kevin Kennedy, Beverly in memory of Beverly Partridge, Michelle M. Eaton, Dale Wright, DPM, Debbie & Roland Gregoire, Rachelle A. Perata, Gaurav & Katja Huebner, Maurice Ramirez Photo Design. Jennifer Serr, Power Fitness/Erin Kreitz Shirey, Virginia Krutilek, Lynda & Kenneth Hild, Mary Lou Kurtz, Joanne Robinson in honor of Virginia Krutilek, Marjorie Lanzit, Elaine & Yun-Wen Hung, Patricia Biwer, Marian Williams, Diane Coler-Dark, Dorothy & Thomas Wisner, Barbara Newell & Richard Chapman, Roger & Judith Ecker, Barbara Anderson, Kappi Bowen, Ann Casper & Mark Irons, Patricia Sahadi, Mark Fraser, Maryle Eade, Mary Brownson, Leslye & James Robey, Marti Burchell, John & Andrea Medulan, Dianne Richmond, Jan Ortner, Jolene Findley & Edward Atkinson, Rich & Susan Sherratt, Anne & Russell Yee, Lois Pryor, Roger & Patricia Baer, Toni Lajoie, Lawrence & Anna Dougherty, Karen Kenney, Elizabeth Rogers, Maureen Kelly, Ruth Gray, Emily Shea, David & Virginia Miller, Walter & Barbara Morris, Beverly Church, Raymond Fitzsimmons, Isle City Institute #51 YLI, Kristi Zabrano, Diane Runyan, The Lupo Family, Nicole Kidd, Chapter UN, PEO, Kathleen Kim, Keith Nealy, Kenneth Letsch & Jennifer Moss, Barbara Gibson, Camilla Whyte, Bridget Gulseth, Susan & Richard Osanna, Donna Lee Porter, Thomas Michaud, Mel Nutter, Christine Buck, Dwayne Brighouse, Gabriel Naranjo in honor of Mary Michael Kennedy; Eve Deley, Mary Gleim, Sharon & James Stehr, Boris & Paulina Kirola, Lili Mai Albertoni-Weedin Trust, First Congregational Church (UCC), Louis Toepfer, Sarah Neuhoff, Jim Hager, JOJO Holdings Inc, Women' Association First Presbyterian Church, The Claire Meehan & John White Fund, Cardinal Point Resident's Assoc., Beulah Circle Twin Towers UMC, Otis Elementary School Sock Drive headed by Elina & Ryan Graham, Anita Wong & Jim Williams, Audrey Aljoe, Mary Butler in memory of Bernie Mannion & Mamie Heneghan, Carolyn Murphy, Paul J. Canavese, Ankie Schuitema honoring Mark & Cindy Hovermale, Marion Yeaw, Harlyn Traynor, Barbara Janowski, Joyce & David Denyven, Eric & Ann Cross, Trout Properties, Christina DeSimone, David Graber, Jordan Battani & David Burton, Kathleen & Glenn Henderson, Heidi & Robert Larsen, Willem & Pam VandeKamp, Suzanne L. Bryant, Dr David Skinner & Penelope Pahl, Barbar Capon, Judy Broughton, Susan Getman & Don Kelley.

Send donations to Alameda Homeless Network, P.O. Box 951, Alameda 94501. For further information call 510-523-2377 or go to www.midwayshelter.org

Ginny Krutilek