East Bay State of Mind | A Celebration of Hope & Justice

April 20, 2017 • 6:00pm–9:00pm

East Bay State of Mind is Rubicon’s special event that raises funds and awareness for our life-changing services. Our mission is to transform East Bay communities by equipping people to break the cycle of poverty.

purchase ticketsCocktail hour and silent wine auction 6pm
Dinner and program 7pm

Starline Social Club*
2236 MLK, Jr. Way, Oakland

Complimentary valet parking​



Baratunde Thurston is a futurist comedian, writer, and cultural critic who helped re-launch The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, co-founded Cultivated Wit and the “About Race” podcast, and wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black. Baratunde is a highly sought-after public speaker, television personality, and thought leader who has been part of noteworthy institutions such as Fast Company, TED, the MIT Media Lab, The Onion, and the gentrification of Brooklyn, New York.

Baratunde has an uncanny ability to crack the shell of any uncomfortable topic through a personal, accessible, and intelligent point of view.  








Wine & Spirits Auction Donors

DeLoach Winery

Field Stone Winery & Vineyard

St. George Spirits

Tres Agaves

VML Winery


*We regret that there is no elevator access to the ballroom. Please contact us if you need special assistance and we will make arrangements. Let us know you have any questions or concerns.