Boxer & Gerson attorneys were once again happy and well-fed sponsors Saturday night at the Seventh Annual Charity Crab Feed organized by Alameda Fire Fighters IAFF Local 689 and the Alameda Education Association. The event has become a staple of island life that benefits local service agency the Alameda Point Collaborative while also providing a fun-filled evening for a wide circle of generous supporters.
Associate Attorneys Amy Shen and Deirdre Mochel (pictured above) were joined at the event by Boxer & Gerson Partner Bert Arnold and their respective spouses as hundreds of attendees enjoyed table service provided by off-duty Alameda firefighters who cheerfully volunteered for the alternative service of toting steaming containers of crab around the hall through the dinner hour. The event featured not only plentiful crab, but also raffles, drinks, and dancing late into the evening on the historic aircraft carrier U.S.S. Hornet, part of a naval museum based on Alameda Island.
The evening’s beneficiary, the Alameda Point Collaborative, is currently celebrating its 20th year. In 1999, the nonprofit organization transformed vacant military housing on the former Alameda Naval Air Station into a supportive housing community that now provides more than 500 formerly homeless residents with a place to call home and an array of supportive services to help stabilize their lives. Last year’s crab feed raised more than $20,000, and organizers were looking for Saturday’s event to exceed that figure.
IAAF Local 689 is affiliated with the International Association of Firefighters, AFL-CIO, which celebrated its centennial last year and will be holding its 55th Annual Convention this summer in Orlando, Florida.
The international union represents more than 300,000 firefighters and emergency medical services personnel in 3,200 locals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Some 85 percent of the U.S. population comes under the protection of IAFF members.