Rhythmix Cultural Works held a dance party, tasting party, auction, and fundraiser called “Pour Your HeART Out” this past weekend. More than one hundred people attended the fundraiser for the fifteenth anniversary of the Alameda arts institution. As well, the party was an opportunity to say farewell to Tina “Bean” Blaine, who handed off her duties as Executive Director at the end of July. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the Rhythmix Performance, Art, & Learning (PAL) arts education program, which has served over 60,000 K-5 students with multicultural assemblies since 2012.
The festivities started with a VIP tasting party upstairs, where guests were encouraged to sample a wide variety of food and drink produced by local businesses. The main event for the public was the dance party in their parking lot on Blanding Avenue. The music was provided by SambaDá, a Brazilian-funk ensemble, accompanied by a group of dancers. The enthusiastic crowd danced for hours while the sun came out on an otherwise foggy day. Pour Your HeART Out also included a wine auction and Rhythmix continues to host another auction online that is open for bids until August 14.
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