Breakfast for dinner: Short stack for a tall cause

Breakfast for dinner: Short stack for a tall cause

Nanette Deetz

Banjo player Bill Evans will perform at the Perforce Foundation's Breakfast for Dinner event. Photo from Evans' website.

The Perforce Foundation has organized an event to benefit two East Bay charities, the Alameda Point Collaborative and the East Oakland Boxing Association. The theme for the evening is, "Bring the whole family, wear your pajamas, and support a very good cause."

Short Stack for a Tall Cause: Breakfast for Dinner will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. November 22, in a large and colorful tent located at 2319 Clement Street, between Park and Oak streets. Admission is $8 for children 7 and under, $20 for adults and $50 for a family of four.

The Alameda Fire Department will be serving pancakes, and Alameda's Cardel Catering will be rounding out the menu with eggs, bacon, and donuts. Perforce employees will provide a kids' corner with bedtime stories, face painting, temporary tattoos, balloon animals, and seed planting, and Bill Evans will strum the banjo.

If you don't have pajamas or a robe, Daisy's, located at 1347 Park Street, will offer 20 percent of all pajama and robe sales to the organizations; tell them that you are purchasing items in support of Tall Stack Big Cause.

Perforce has been in Alameda for 15 years and has sponsored numerous charitable organizations, along with activities for families like the ice skating rink that is now located at Alameda South Shore Center. (Perforce founder Christopher Seiwald also created the Little House Café, which sits next door to the software company's Blanding Avenue headquarters.) Perforce has a unique giving program as well.

The company donates $1,500 a year on behalf of each of its 250 employees to up to three organizations of the employee's choice and separately, accepts funding requests from charitable organizations that are vetted by a committee of employees. The programs - under the auspices of the Perforce Foundation - have given $2.3 million to date, the company's website says.

The 10-person giving committee wanted to create a fun, family-friendly event that focused around food, and pancakes were the most fun food they could think of, said Tina Coffield, who is helping to promote the event. They chose to support the Collaborative and Boxing Association because both organizations promote healthy eating and nutrition, she said.

The Alameda Point Collaborative's programs include Farm2Market, a job training program that sees trainees growing and selling produce from the Collaborative's farm to members in the community supported agriculture program. The Collaborative also has a commercial kitchen where healthy food can be prepared.

The East Oakland Boxing Association has developed a program called Smart Moves that focuses on building self-esteem in children and youth between the ages of 5 and 18. The program provides nutrition education, along with academic support in the form of tutoring combined with a mentoring program, creative art activities, gardening, community service, field trips and physical education. The Association also runs an Urban Fresh Gardeners program, a youth-led business that sells low-cost vegetables, herbs and drought-tolerant landscape plants.

Tickets for the event can be purchased online, at For more information, call 473-3192.


Submitted by Teresa K (not verified) on Thu, Oct 31, 2013

Perforce--truly one of Alameda's treasures!