The Color Purple

Our friend and marketing consultant, Jack Ryder, invited me to join him at the Purple Silk Music Education Foundation’s Gala on October 20th.  I’ve learned quickly that if Jack invites you somewhere, that you should go, even if you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into.  So a short two hours after a 4.0 earthquake, we boarded the BART and headed over to the Legendary Palace in Oakland’s Chinatown to begin my introduction to the Purple Silk organization.  Founded in 1995 by Sherlyn Chew, a musician and elementary school teacher, PSMEF is a unique program that serves over 700 inner city students a year in Oakland and the Bay Area by providing music education using traditional Chinese instruments. 

At the Gala, we were treated to music from the foundation’s student Orchestra, a delicious 9-course meal and the company of many great people there to support a fantastic organization.  If you’re interested in learning more about Purple Silk Music or would like to offer your support, please visit their website

Help us help you help them

Hey people, now is your chance to bid on a DM+A consultation AND help a worthy organization continue their important works.  We’re participating in the 2011 ALRP Online Auction by offering  an Architecture and Interior Design consultation for a room of your choice. 

DM+A is proud to support Aids Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) and to join in on the fun of ALRP’s big annual fundraiser.  All proceeds from the auction will go to directly support the group’s mission to provide free or low-cost legal services for people with HIV / AIDS.  You can bid either online until October 17th or live and in person at the Live Auction Reception on October 19th in San Francisco at the War Memorial Building.  So bid, and bid often.

Funny Name, Sweet Creek

National River Clean-Up Day was such a success, thanks to everyone who came out with their family and friends to support the CRC Committee of CoreNet to help cleanup San Francisquito Creek on May 21, 2011.  This is the last South Bay creek running above ground as it flows into the Bay and is a refuge for many native species, including shorebirds and fish.  Water levels in the creek are dwindling as the creek is filled with trash every year.  So every year, we work with Acterra to make the Bay Area a better place to live and work.

We are ecstatic to report we collected over 1,000 pounds of trash including old dressers, tools, cribs, tires and the usual litter of fast food containers and bottles.  Without the help of our volunteers we could never have hauled away so much junk that otherwise would have found its way into San Francisco Bay.   

Special thanks to Tony Yado and Corovan for providing us with a yummy lunch.