Alameda Theatre To Host Benefit For Slain Oakland Officers 2009: Monday Alameda

Alameda Theatre to host benefit for slain Oakland officers

On Monday, Alameda Theatre & Cineplex will host a unique benefit for the families of four Oakland police officers killed on March 21: “Officers
Remembered.” Kyle Conner, the owner and operator of the movie house, says East Bay director/producer and paramedic Thaddeus Setla first approached him about showing the documentary “Level Zero” before Officer John Hege and Sgts. Mark Dunakin, Ervin Romans and Daniel Sakai were killed by parolee Lovelle Mixon in Oakland nearly two months ago. Setla’s film is about those working for Alameda County Emergency Medical Services. “We met a second time around the time of the shooting of the four officers,” said Conner, “and we were both really thinking about the project we might do together and its aim. One thing led to another, and we saw this was an important opportunity &mdash the right time, the right place and the right charity. We wanted to support the foundation for the families as much as possible.” Tickets for Monday’s event, which includes food, drinks and live entertainment, are $30, with proceeds going to the Oakland Police Department Funds for Families of Fallen Officers. Activities start at 6:30 p.m. The roughly 30-minute documentary will be shown at 9:15 p.m., followed by a conversation with the director. At 8 p.m., a band of Alameda County paramedics and firefighters, Conscious Souls, is set to perform a mix of reggae, hip hop and rock. The group contributed to the film’s soundtrack and recently made a CD of its music. And guitar soloist Chris Ahlman will share his talents with guests as well, according to Conner. About half of the event’s 750 tickets were sold as of May 12. Tickets can be purchased online at and at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2713 Central Ave. The theater will sell tickets on Monday. “I would love to see us get to 700 guests,” Conner said. “The event should be very special.”
Many emergency personnel from the East Bay are expected to attend, including Alameda police Capt. Jim Brock. An honor guard will be present to help guests observe a moment of silence for the slain Oakland officers.

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