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On May 2, 2024, our annual benefit event raised $135,000 to help individuals and families building new lives after homelessness and domestic violence.

It was a night to remember! Guests enjoyed the unforgettable jazz stylings of Darlene Coleman and the Steve Carter Trio. Nido’s provided delectable appetizers, an organic taco bar, and delicious cocktails. Special thanks to the event’s enchanting emcee, Board Member, Nicole Hankton. 

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In Nido’s covered outdoor oasis, more than 200 guests mingled with friends old and new. Six members of Building Futures’ leadership team shared how we do our work with love. One highlight was the success story of Sofia. The single mother and her four small children moved into stable housing after receiving tailored services while living at San Leandro Shelter.

“Every day I look around me in gratitude.” 


The raffle was a huge success, raising over $9,000 for Building Futures’ shelter, street outreach, domestic violence, and housing programs!

Jazz it Up also included an opportunity to help Building Futures achieve a matching gift from a generous anonymous donor, who agreed to match all donations up to a total of $10,000. WE DID IT! Together, we raised $10,000, which means $20,000 to boost life changing services.

Thank you to ALL who made Jazz it Up our best yet.

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100% of the net proceeds from this fundraising event supports our homeless, domestic violence and housing services in Alameda County.

SPECIAL THANKS: Day-of-event-support: Events by Ale; Photography: Alain McLaughlin; Sound: Felipe Martinez (; Raffle prize donations: Sandy Schneider (vacation package), Ay’Anna Moody (Warriors Foundation); Volunteers: Susan O’Neill (Torani) & Susan Schonberg & Susan Bothwell

Building Futures with Women and Children is a 501(c) (3) tax exempt organization, Federal tax ID 94-3100741, (aka Cornerstone Community Development Corporation) Contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Our mission is to build communities with underserved individuals and families, where they are safely and supportively housed, free from homelessness and domestic violence