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Big Give Open House

Help us win big!
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9am-5pm

Want to participate in the Big Give, but aren't sure how to make a donation online? Perhaps you'd like to see the Retirement Center’s new space 101 University Hall? Stop by any time during normal business hours on Thursday, November 20, to enjoy refreshments, visit with our staff, and make your Big Gift online! No RSVP needed —  just come on down.

November 20 marks UC Berkeley’s first-ever, 24-hour fundraising blitz, the Big Give. It’s an opportunity to stir up a flurry of fun and excitement for the benefit of campus departments during Big Game week!  Find out more online at

Why donate on 11/20/14?
If you donate online during the Big Give, the Retirement Center will be eligible for a portion of the Big Give prize money, effectively increasing the value of your donation.

How can I help?
Step 1: Mark your calendar to donate on 11/20/14
Step 2: Watch the Big Give video called “What’s the Big Deal About Berkeley?” found here:
Step 3: Help spread the word!  

  • Download and print the Big Give sign template at
  • Write out how the UC Berkeley Retirement Center is important to you.
  • Take a photo of you with your sign and email it to us at (or post it to your favorite social media site, include #CalBigGive in your comment).

Step 4: On November 20 go to: and make your donation to the UCB Retirement Center. Remember, your contribution on that day will help the Retirement Center win Big Give prize money. If you prefer to give by phone, call the Big Give hotline at 1.888.815.8885.

Call us if you have questions, 510.642.2553.


Berkeley Art Museum Teas and Tours

A tea and open discussion follows each of these free, docent-led special events. Advance registration is required to attend. Contact or 510-642-5461 to register. Space is limited.

American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection
Thursday, December 4, 2-4pm

This exhibit captures our burgeoning nation during a time of enormous change, from the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to the onset of the Civil War in 1861. The exhibition includes approximately fifty portraits, landscapes, commemorative mourning pictures, weather vanes, and decorative sculptures from the BAM/ PFA collection. This distinguished collection—one of the finest of American folk art in California—is due to the generosity of W.B. Carnochan and N.C. Edebo.

With remarkable beauty and formal simplicity, the works of art in American Wonder evoke the vivid presentness of their subjects and makers.

American Wonder: Folk Art from the Collection is organized by Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Collections Lucinda Barnes.


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