Posted February 10, 2014 by Editorial Staff in 2014

Elevate Oakland Concert Raises $110k To Support Arts/Music Programs In Oakland’s Schools


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Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Location: Fox Theatre, Oakland
Pictured: Orianthi, Judith Hill, Michael Franti, Sheila E., Goapele
Photos by: Christopher Victorio, Mike Rosato, Joe Russo

February 10, 2014 – Elevate Oakland raised just over $110,000 through fundraising efforts and the inaugural benefit concert, which was presented by Oakland’s own Sheila E. Funds raised through this event will go to support art and music education programs in Oakland’s public schools where no art or music curriculum is offered and will continue to support the current programs in need at schools such as Castlemont High School.

“We are truly grateful for the success of Elevate Oakland’s first benefit concert. The generosity of the artists who donated their performances and time is absolutely amazing. The support of the community, the teachers, all of our sponsors and the dedication of all our volunteers is what made this event such a success,” in a joint-statement issued by Elevate Oakland’s co-founders Sheila E., Jason Hofmann, Lynn Mabry and Yoshi Akiba, “We definitely plan to make this an annual event and are already planning the next one.”

Hosted by Sterling James of KBLX and music DJ D-Sharp, there were more than 1500 community members, local dignitaries, teachers and sponsors in attendance to show their support and enjoy a night of music curated by Sheila E.

Performers included: Castlemont High School students, Mark Curry, Oakland Future Quartet,Michael Franti with members of Spearhead, Ozomatli, Orianthi, Goapele, Judith Hill, Kev Choice, Juan Escovedo, Lynn Mabry, Leroy Crosby aka Hykuu, Center of Hope Choir and Castlemont High School Choir, Trinity Harper and Michael Franti

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