A modern style, fully redesigned, remodeled interior designed restaurant space Piedmont Oakland Lamorinda.

Oakland’s Wood Tavern with interior design by Laura Martin Bovard / LMB Interiors. Marble countertops, bar seating.

Every year since the joyous day Wood Tavern opened their doors, owners Rich and Rebekah Wood have been doing good for people—serving up tasty, comforting food in a warm and gracious atmosphere.

In the restaurant’s first year, Rebekah and Rich (whom you may also know as my sister and brother-in-law—and my clients) collected a devoted tribe of regulars including the wonderfully warmhearted and giving Debra Dryden. Early on, Debra approached the couple with an invitation to host an auction to raise money for the East Bay Agency for Children, which provides mental health and community and family support services to over 19,000 Bay Area families with the goal of empowering children and teenagers to succeed in school and life.

The Agency’s mission and the spirit of the Wood Tavern community proved to be a perfect match; the fundraiser has been an annual affair ever since. This year was extra special as they had live music from Shades of Gray featuring Gray Cathrall who is also the editor at large for our local paper The Piedmont Post.

Debra Dryden with Paul Lettieri

Every year, LMB Interiors participates in this auction by donating design services. I feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this event. Not only it is fulfilling to help raise money and awareness for a worthwhile cause, the community building that takes place—as well as the fun we have with friends and clients that day—enriches my life and my business beyond measure. I met two of our most incredible clients (who had what became two of my most favorite projects) as a result of their bids on my design services at this event.

See below for some fun snapshots of this year’s party, taken by Jennifer Fox of the Piedmont Post, who also wrote about the event for the newspaper. Thank you, Jennifer, for the fabulous photos!

The Martin girls: Laura Martin Bovard and Rebekah Wood.
Our mom would be so proud!

One of LMBI’s beloved clients, Paul Friedman, who had the winning bid for our donated design time at the first EBAC auction, five years ago! (He secretly wants to work in a restaurant so Rebekah and Rich give him a pass to go “behind the line.”)

Ken Matsumoto (EBAC Board Member), Scott Bovard (Yes, that’s my guy!),
and Charlie Michelson (EBAC Board Member)

Rich Wood, owner (along with Rebekah) of Wood Tavern,
as well as Southie, the sandwich-and-small-plates joint next-door where (word’s out that they are serving the best breakfast in town)

Including proceeds from this year’s event, in the five years that Rich and Rebekah have hosted the auction, EBAC Night @ Wood Tavern has raised more than $80,000 for the East Bay Agency for Children. A very generous donation by the friends and family of Wood Tavern!

To learn more about the East Bay Agency for Children and/or to make a donation, visit www.EBAC.org.