SAN FRANCISCO, CA - June 6 - Ozomatli attends BuildON Concert 2024 on June 6th 2024 at The Chapel in San Francisco, CA (Photo - Ando Caulfield for Drew Altizer Photography)

Raising Funds and Spirits with Ozomatli at our Better Together Concert

On June 6, we hosted an unforgettable night of music and community spirit at The Chapel in San Francisco for our annual Better Together benefit concert! 

The show featured dynamic performances by three-time GRAMMY winners Ozomatli and their energetic blend of multicultural music. At the end of the show, as we reached our initial fundraising goal of $180K (which has now grown to over $200K!) the band joined the audience for an encore in the middle of the crowd. It really made the moment much more meaningful and reminded us all why we’re all Better Together.

Guests also had the opportunity to hear from our opening band Westerly which features our very own Oakland Development Director Sterling Spence. And two Oakland students–Rashaud Williams-Reems and Paul Chun Li–even joined them on stage to share their impressive musical talents. 

Throughout the night, guests had the chance to immerse themselves in a buildOn Trek through virtual reality. The experience features a Trek to Senegal and gives the viewer an understanding of what it’s like to travel to another country, live and work side-by-side with community members, and construct a school with buildOn.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from the evening will benefit our amazing Oakland youth who participate in our Service Learning Program. Thank you to everyone who attended and to everyone who supports our students every day!

We run Service Learning Programs in six major U.S. cities–Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, Boston, Bridgeport, and the Bronx. To support our program, please consider making a gift today.