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For the first time in the history of the Fruitvale Dia de los Muertos Festival, we will be hosting a VIP area for supporters, donors, and sponsors! Do you want to get in on this VIP action? Join us by making a generous donation today.

Tequila El Rey – VIP Area Sponsor!

Special thanks to Tequila El Rey who will be providing tastings of their premium tequilas to guests 21+. Tequila El Rey last year won the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and this year were Gold Medal Winners for Reposado and Silver tequila in the Monterey Bay Tequila & Cuisine Competition.

“Headquartered in Oakland, California we stay true to our roots and take pride in being a part of such a diverse and robust community.”

Thank you, Tequila El Rey! 

Roses’ Taproom – VIP Area Sponsor!

Beer tastings at the VIP area will be provided in part by Roses’ Taproom. Open for one year in the Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, Roses’ Taproom is not your typical brewpub. Light, airy, and family- and female-friendly, Roses’ welcomes all to enjoy fresh brewed pints with unusual flavors and styles. “Brewing everything from classic provincial beer styles like crisp Kolsch and floral Saison to experimental offerings like Toasted Coconut Porter with lime wedge and pink Belgian Golden Strong Ale brewed with hibiscus and pink peppercorn, it’s our goal to continuously surprise and excite beer drinkers and expose non-beer drinkers to this ancient, magical beverage that sits at a perfect intersection of art and science.” Thank you, Roses’ Taproom!

Southwest Airlines – VIP Area Sponsor!

Southwest Airlines is the official airline of The Unity Council, providing our staff and clients with transportation to conferences, classes, and other professional development opportunities. This December, eight teachers and parents in our Head Start Program will be attending the Parent and Family Engagement Conference in Orlando, FL. “These conferences provide unique opportunities for parents in our program to gain organizing and leadership skills, so that they better advocate for their child’s learning needs,” says Luis Arenas, our Director of Children & Family Services. “Without Southwest’s support we would not be able to offer this to as many parents, and Oakland’s early-learning community would suffer as a result.” Thank you, Southwest Airlines!

First Republic Bank – VIP Area Sponsor!

The VIP Area would not be possible without the support of First Republic Bank. “We take pride in our strong partnerships and relationships with nonprofits across affordable housing, the arts, education and economic development. Through our corporate giving program, we hope to encourage more dialogue around giving, to spark fresh ideas about how our financial resources and our hours can change people’s lives for the better, and to be more aware of what nonprofits really need.”

  • Over $7 billion:  Since 2010, First Republic has dedicated over $7 billion to finance affordable rental housing and promote community development in low-to-moderate-income (LMI) communities and underserved minority neighborhoods.
  • Close to 500: First Republic supported close to 500 nonprofit organizations in 2017, through charitable contributions, volunteerism, and other support.
  • Over 8,800 service hours: Employee Volunteer Program provides every employee with 2 paid work days for volunteerism, with over 8,800 service hours given in 2017.

Thank you, First Republic!