Letter from SAO Chair Steve WagonerBy admin | June 28th, 2012 | Category: Uncategorized | No Comments »
Another summer is underway, and another carnival has graced Oakland. The Sports Association of Oakland had the great fortune of running this year’s carnival. As President of the SAO there are many people to thank.
First and foremost I need to thank the residents of Oakland. As one group with a single purpose, Oakland came together and worked as a team. A big Thank You to the numerous volunteers. I also thank Joe, Jimmy, Derek, Anthony and all the DPW, who went above and beyond their “work” to make sure the carnival would be a rousing success. The police department, fire department and ambulance corps need to be thanked for all they do in securing everyone’s safety at such an event. I would like to thank Chief Kasper for giving the SAO police protection with the carnival funds and escorting Dave to and from the bank every night. The Knights of Columbus deserve thank you for their previous service in running this carnival as they showed us what the outcome of the carnival should be. The Mayor and Council, especially Councilwoman Sandra Coira, for all their help and support.
I must also thank the members of the Sports Association, whose time, dedication and call to service is unmatched by any organization I have ever belonged. This group shouldn’t be the nameless SAO, so if you will humor me I need to thank them one at a time. Dave Altana who is our treasurer. He is also the treasurer of the Blue and Gold touchdown club and former treasurer of the OBTB. His unique grasp at numbers and ability to keep them in line kept this event financially ahead of the curve. Mike Kozak, not an official member of the SAO but someone who heard the call and stepped up. Mike is extremely organized and was another set of eyes on the carnival books, as well as created the spread sheets which can be used for future carnivals. Caron McCormick, everyone knows of Caron’s marketing skills, but her ability to organize the volunteer scheduling and run the SAO booth was something that didn’t surprise any of us. Although often thought of as “one of the boys” Caron was my right hand woman for the carnival. Bob Scalabrini, also the Vice-Chair of the Recreation Commission played the role of back-up all weekend. He filled in roles and ran games whenever needed. He helped the carnival run as smooth as it did. Jim Fuhrman, one of the nicest people in Oakland, was there to do ANYTHING needed in a pinch. He ran games, emptied gaming pouches, counted funds and probably everything else needed. Jim Folkerts who assists Dave with the books, is another person that gets things done. He is last year’s SAO Chair and was important in securing volunteers. Mike Guadagnino, along with being the Chairman of the Recreation Commission is a valued member and an important Commission-SAO link for us. He too was willing to jump into any game, count funds, sell shirts, answer people’s questions and secured the two high school rock bands. Finally, Serge Saraninaki, a tireless worker, he did it all from set up to break down.
My fellow SAO members along with everyone named above deserves thanks for putting on a great show in June. The carnival went on, kids enjoyed this annual tradition they always look forward to, non-profits were able to raise the funds they have come to rely on, politics were not in the equation and everyone in Oakland pitched in. What a great story and a great success for Oakland. Thank you one last time for giving my organization, the SAO, the opportunity to run the carnival.
Sports Association of Oakland