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  • Mary Kemnitz

Our New Partner: Oakland Museum Women’s Board

The Oakland Museum Women’s Board is a California non-profit public benefit corporation whose sole purpose is to provide services and funds to the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA). Founded in 1955, The Women’s Board has been providing funds and services to OMCA for over 50 years.  With the annual White Elephant Sale as our only fundraising activity, they have contributed more than $20 million in support of OMCA educational programs, acquisitions to the permanent galleries, exhibitions, facilities, capital improvements, and more.The legendary annual White Elephant Sale returns to the San Francisco Bay Area is organized and presented by the Oakland Museum Women’s Board every year and all Sale proceeds benefit the Oakland Museum of California.Made possible by donations from the public, the White Elephant accepts donations almost year round. Thanks to generous donors, over the years, shoppers have been able to purchase the usual and the unusual, including a pony, paintings, pianos, cars, and estate furnishings. In 2016 The Women’s Board of the Oakland Museum announced another outstanding sale result: $2.13 million will benefit OMCA. But that’s not all: In 2014, the Women’s Board contracted with three prominent Bay Area artists – Vogue, Ernest Doty and Griffin One – to paint a 7,200 square foot aerosol mural on the Derby Avenue side of its warehouse. Demonstrating pride in Oakland and its Jingletown neighborhood, the mural shows nature blending into the urban landscape and includes a White Elephant with its trunk raised high. Nearly 30,000 school children and teachers annually visit the Museum. Their financial funding has helped enhance their OMCA experience through a wide range of engaging and interdisciplinary education programs. Recent grants from the Women’s Board have also contributed to improved museum-wide technology, conservation projects and the recent marketing campaign. The OCMCA has backed such impressive exhibits as Pixar, 25 Years of Animation, Summoning Ghosts: The Art and Life of Hung Liu, and the annual community celebration honoring the Days of the Dead tradition. Cars2ndChance is proud to have the Oakland Museum Women’s Board as a partner and help this great cause! You can also help them by donating your car to Cars2ndChance!


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