Press Release

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:05am
Oakland Museum of California Presents Ziggurat, A Party with Personality and Purpose that Captures the Spirit of Oakland in Food, Style, Music, Attitude, and Art
June 10 Event at OMCA Features World Premiere of New Digital Artwork by Chris Johnson Plus the Best of Oakland Performing Artists and After Party

(OAKLAND, CA) May 2, 2017—Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will present the second annual Ziggurat, a uniquely Oakland fundraising event Saturday, June 10, beginning at 6 pm in the Museum and Gardens. From high-energy and hip to low-key and cool, Oakland's style, food, art, entertainment, and attitude fuse for one night when the community comes together to celebrate. This unconventionally Oakland evening draws guests from high fashion to DIY glam and from street-dance inspiration to fine art.

A party with a purpose, Ziggurat features specialty cocktails, a performance by Retro JukeBox Band, food by Barbara Llewellyn Catering, the premiere of a new digital artwork by world-renowned Oakland artist Chris Johnson, and one-of-a-kind auction items. The party continues into the night with a special “Best of Friday Nights @ OMCA” After Party featuring an open bar and performances by GIRL6 and Soul Mechanix, complete with a not-to-be-missed Prince tribute, all in support of OMCA’s innovative programs that have impacts on more than 320,000 families, children, and adults each year. Tickets for the full evening start at $625, lounges start at $5,000, and After Party tickets at just $75. For more information, visit museumca.org/ziggurat and for an invitation, contact ziggurat@museumca.org or call 510-318-8502.

“Building on our first Ziggurat event last year, we are turning up the dial on this party and participatory celebration of what makes Oakland an amazing epicenter of art, style, culture, and community,” say Ziggurat Event Co-Chairs Rachelle K. Sessions and Karen Eichler. “Much more than just another sit-down dinner gala, the inaugural Ziggurat inspired people to come as they truly are, inspired by their love of Oakland, and this year we look forward to welcoming even more partiers as word has spread that this is an event as unique as its locale and as inspiring as its populace.”

The Ziggurat Event Co-Chairs are Rachelle K. Sessions and Karen Eichler. The Events Committee includes Sasha Bainer, Rachel Benham, Mary Corley, Valerie Corvin, Melissa Davis, Sheila Duignan, Laurie Johnson, Elizabeth Shaw, Brynne Staley, Jennifer Walker, Penelope Wong, and Carina Wong. The Ziggurat Corporate Committee is co-chaired by Ann Thompson of Bank of America and Mark Slater of Wells Fargo. The Corporate Committee includes Mary Corley, Rosen Consulting Group; Karen Eichler, Karen Eichler Fine Art; Silvia Fernandez, First Republic Bank; Joy Jacobs, Deloitte LLP; Tim Johnson, UPRAISE; Doug Heske, Grow; Dorine Holsey Streeter, James Campbell Company, LLC; Joe Hurwich, Estrella Parker, Satellite Healthcare; and Rachelle K. Sessions, RKS Interiors

Ziggurat Sponsors
Sustainers : Bank of America; Benefactors: Quinn Delaney and Wayne Jordan, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, Heffernan Insurance Brokers, Oakland Athletics, Peter Pervere and Georgia Cassel,The Simpson Family; Directors: Suzanne and Ronald Bachman, Deborah Parker Bailey, Rachel and Derek Benham, Cahill Contractors, Inc., Sean Shih K. Chang, Karen and David Eichler, Ernst & Young LLP, Silvia Fernandez and Paul Ash, Franklin Templeton Investments, Lance and Katherine Gyorfi, Kaiser Permanente, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Mike and Lauren Rosenbaum, Satellite Healthcare, Beth and David Sawi, Andrew and Rachelle Sessions, David and Brynne Staley, Penelope Wong and Timothy S. Kochis; Patrons: Carson Barnett and Tom Dubensky, Mary Corley and Jeff Bond Matson, Guy and Jeanine Saperstein, Dorine Holsey Streeter and Jon B. Streeter, Union Bank, Wells Fargo; Supporters: Andrea Alfano and Charles Freiberg, Eileen Ash and Frank Arthur, William Anderson and Ronald Clancy, Sasha and Matt Bainer, Raquel Baldocchi and Alex Reyes, Bay Area Graphics, LLC, David and Elizabeth Birka-White, Colin Boyle and Marcilie Smith Boyle, Christine P. Brown, Clars Auction Gallery, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP, Todd Cole, Valerie and Scott Corvin, Jennifer Doebler and J. Patrick Kelly, Katherine H. Drake, Vincent and Claire Faughnan, Joseph and Sherry Felson, Karen Frank, Virginia Furth, Linda Graebner and Charlie Shalvoy, Galen Hoskin and Dina Wolkoff, Timothy and Cara Hoxie, Joe and Beth Hurwich, Jane and Bert Inch, Liz Isono, Aaron and Yulia Klein, Diana Larson, Anita Martinez, Carla and Bill Newell, Oakland Museum Women’s Board, Marcia Pillon, Straty and Mary Lou Righellis, Wayne Rowland and Vanessa Washington Rowland, Sitzmann Morris and Lavis Insurance Agency, Stice & Block LLP, Ann and Bob Spears, Karen and Tom Sullivan, Liz and Bert Tuan, Jennifer Walker, Dr. Kathleen M. Welsh, Faye Wilson; Official Spirits Sponsor: St. George Spirits; Official Wine Sponsors: Calista Wines, Raeburn Winery; Official Beer Sponsor: Lagunitas Brewing Company; Valet parking generously provided by Douglas Parking, LLC.

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA's groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California's cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

VISITOR INFORMATION
Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for children 8 and under and Members. There is a $4 charge in addition to general admission pricing for special exhibitions. OMCA offers onsite underground parking, with validation for Museum visitors, and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the new 1000 Oak Street main entrance. Regular hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm Fridays. museumca.org

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