Media outlet Good News in Oakland is hosting its first anniversary fundraiser party and 100th episode at 6 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Z Cafe, 2735 Broadway. The host of the event will be the C.E.O. and founder of Good News in Oakland Sean Kennedy.
Kennedy said he began Good News in Oakland because of all the negative attention that Oakland receives in mainstream media. Kennedy wanted to show the world that Oakland has positive things taking place.
"[ I want ] to brand Oakland as an international destination for good news," Kennedy said.
The event will be a celebration of Good News and their accomplishments - 400 videos, 130 produced videos and covering the extraordinary stories of ordinary Oaklanders. These stories include Kevin Butler, a fifth grader from Manzanita Seed Elementary who scored 100 percent on the math portion of the California Standardized Test and Trinity Wilson who finished sixth place with 13.71 in the 100 meter hurdles at the Youth Olympics in Singapore this past year.
These extraordinary Oaklanders will be recognized for their achievements. The presenters of these awards will be Mayor-elect Jean Quan, singer Latoya London, Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, Marlon McWilson and more.
What about entertainment? Good News has got you covered with Oakland turf dancers and Yak Films. Turf dancing has recently become an international dance craze and continues to bring good news to Oakland."
"The suggested donation is $20, but it is about giving what you can. If you have nothing to give, you can still come and enjoy the party," said Good News founder Sean Kennedy.