AEC Living at the 25th Annual Have a Heart Gala

We stepped out, and stepped up, once again, to support one of our local Alameda charities! A benefit for Alameda’s Midway Shelter for Women and Children was held at the Elk’s Lodge Rathskeller on Saturday evening, April 2nd. This year’s event honored Tony DeSimone who founded the event 25 years ago! The event featured the big band sound of the Jim Franz/Jan Nichols Franz Band. Everyone danced, ate great food provided by High Street Station, and celebrated Tony!


The Midway Shelter advocates for homeless women and their children, assuring their right to live free of domestic violence in a safe and supportive environment. The Alameda Homeless Network strives to secure adequate funding to keep the Midway Shelter operating 24 hours a day while raising the consciousness of our community.

The Alameda Homeless Network is a non-profit organization responsible for the Midway Shelter property. The Network partners with Building Futures with Women and Children; together they operate the Midway Shelter. The Network raises a significant amount of private funds to keep the Midway Shelter operating.

Building Futures operates and manages the shelter, including securing public funding for the shelter and managing staff, operations, support services, and providing domestic violence outreach services to residents and the community.

Coming up on the social calendar for AEC Living this month is the Alameda Education Foundation Salute to Education event on Friday, April 15th, at Rhythmix Cultural Works honoring great teachers, great programs, and great volunteers in the AUSD system! See you there!

Though each member of AEC Living is a separate entity, we consider ourselves a community. Our community is bigger than that though, we are a part of Alameda’s  wonderful community, part of the larger Bay Area community, and a part of the global community. We believe that our actions have an impact on our community, and we take that into consideration when making decisions.