20th Anniversary Women Who Dare Gala

Thanks to the generous and enthusiastic support of our sponsors, attendees, donors, and volunteers, we had an incredibly empowering and inspirational 20th Anniversary Women Who Dare Gala at the beautiful Oakland Scottish Rite Center on February 9th, 2019.

Because of you, we had the most successful event to date to support innovative and transformative programs that inspire girls to be strong (healthy), smart (educated), and bold (independent).

We are especially grateful to our amazing, hardworking, and dedicated Board, Women Who Dare Committee, Staff, and Emcee/Auctioneer Dia Bondi for making Women Who Dare 2019 such a tremendous success!

Congratulations to the exceptional girls and women who thoroughly impressed and inspired us with their amazing presentations and speeches. They truly exemplify strong, smart, and bold!


Women Who Dare Awardees

Dolores Huerta – Honorary Award, Social and Economic Justice Activist and Advocate

Supervisor Wilma Chan – Women Who Dare Award, Supervisor District 3, Alameda County Board of Supervisors

Dorie Guess Behrstock – Women Who Dare Award, Advisor and Advocate for Women and Girls

Eman Khatri – Women Who Dare Teen Award, Senior, Alameda High School

Cherri N. Allison Esq. – Champion Award, Executive Director, Alameda Family Justice Center

Jill Barcelona – Alumnae Award, Technology Consultant and Community Volunteer

Joan Barcelona – Alumnae Award, Risk Assurance Associate and Community Volunteer

Learn more about our 2019 Awardees or view a list of past Women Who Dare awardees.


Best Foot Forward Girls

Jayla Anderson, Carmen Baker, Zola Baker, Preston Chilcott, Wren Chilcott, Abigail Cook, Cleo Friedman, Bella Lama, Ariana Marshall, Laura Marston, Jillian Rose Metzger, Emiko Takemoto, and Megumi Takemoto


Photographs of the gala, provided courtesy of Al Wright at Raintree Studios, may be viewed on our Facebook page.

Thanks again and see you next year!

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Alameda Elder CommunitiesBerkshire HathawayFelts Family FoundationKaiser PermanenteAlameda HospitalAlice Home CareShum Financial GroupAlameda Pediatric Dentistryfuse projectJustine NoonanPoppy BankPhocus FinancialRebecca Schnier ArchitectureThe William-Thomas FamilyAlameda FirefightersCaffrey Insurance SolutionsAlain Pinel RealtorsOrthodontics for Children and AdultsONE Toyota of OaklandOwl and Palm JewelryAlameda DentistUSTADrake's Brewing CompanyRock Wall Wine CompanyAmerican OakCheckers CateringDJ By The BayExcel GraphicsIrish MonkeyLilac Dress BoutiqueRaintree StudiosScary Bear Advertising & Design