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AIM for the Cures Gala @ Parc Du Concours In Pebble Beach
Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
AIM for the Cures Gala, Red Carpet Bay Area

AIM for the Cures Gala featuring Darrell Hammond

AIM is building a movement devoted to the mental health of children, teens, and young adults by funding research to find better treatments and cures, raising awareness, and improving access to effective treatments.

AIM for the Cures Gala features:

  • Darrell Hammond, New York Times bestselling author and comedian best known as the longest-tenured cast member of Saturday Night Live
  • Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, a professor of psychology (UC Berkeley) and psychiatry (UC San Francisco) and author of 12 books on mental health

5 pm Cocktails
6:30 pm Gourmet Dinner, Live Auction, and Entertainment
Cocktail Attire

Merola Grand Finale Summer 2017 @ War Memorial Hall Opera House
Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Merola Opera Program presents the Schwabacher Summer ConcertCelebrate with the 2017 Merola young artists one last time before they head out to dazzle audiences around the world! The Merola Grand Finale is an exciting evening at the War Memorial Opera House, featuring scenes from some of the opera’s most thrilling moments.

7:30 pm Performance (Program and casting to be announced at a later date) at the War Memorial Opera House

10:30 pm Post-performance reception with the artists at the War Memorial Veterans Building in the Green Room. A separate ticket ($75) is required for admission to the reception. For reception tickets, please call the San Francisco Opera Box Office at (415) 864-3330.

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2017 @ The Lodge at Pebble Beach
Aug 20 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance


Sunday, August 20
Dawn Field opens to entrants
8:30 am Judging Commences
10:30 am Field open to spectators
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Awards are presented

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance of 2017, a charitable exhibition, is anticipated to exhibit 200 of the most prized collector cars in the world on Pebble Beach’s famous 18th fairway. This presentation sets the stage for one of the most notable annual events of automotive display.

This event, hidden amongst the pine and cypress forests of Pebble Beach, has grown to be the top-ranking collector car competition in the world

Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style—and the best garner reward and recognition.

Uniquely, the Concours is a competition of elegance, not speed. The automobiles and motorcycles are evaluated based on their historical accuracy, their technical merit, and their style. The finest of the bunch collects reward and recognition.

The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is likely to feature the following marques and special classes among others:

  • Isotta Fraschini
  • Castagna Coachwork
  • American Dream Cars of the 1960s
  • Ferrari Major Race Winners
  • Ferrari One-off Spéciales
Help is on the Way XXIII: Puttin’ on the Glitz @ Veterans' Building: Herbst Theatre and the Green Room
Aug 20 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Help is on the Way XXIII: Puttin' on the Glitz Concert and GalaHelp is on the Way XXIII: Puttin’ on the Glitz Concert and Gala Benefiting Meals On Wheels of San Francisco and Positive Resource Center will feature performances from:

MAUREEN McGOVERN: Grammy Award-winning Broadway star
TRENT HARMON: American Idol 2016 winner
JESSICA SANCHEZ: American Idol 2012 1st runner up
LEVI KREIS: Tony Award-winner (Million Dollar Quartet)
DAVID BURNHAM: Broadway (Wicked, Light in the Piazza) star
LISA VROMAN: Broadway (Phantom of the Opera/Le Miz) star
GARRETT CLAYTON: TV (Hairspray Live), Film (Corbra) star.
MADDIE BAILLIO: TV Star (Hairspray Live)
CAROLE COOK: Broadway (42nd Street)/TV star
PAULA WEST: Jazz/Cabaret star
JASON BROCK: X-Factor semi-finalist/Cabaret star
LISA VIGGIANO: Broadway World Cabaret Vocalist Award winner
EILEEN & LEAH BOURGADE: Virtuoso Violinists
SALSAMANIA: World champion Salsa dance company
Cast members from the touring cast of SOMETHING ROTTEN
JON MAHER: Sign language interpreter

Directed by DAVID GALLIGAN         Musical Director MICHAEL ORLAND

Event Details:

5:00 pm: VIP Gala Reception: Green Room
5:00 pm: Silent Auction: Main Lobby
6:00 pm: Gala Reception: Green Room
7:30 pm: Performance: Herbst Theater
9:45 pm: Club REAF After Party with Cast: Green Room

Gala Co-chairs: Sophie Azouaou, Eileen Blum-Bourgade, Sonya Molodetskaya, Gary Snow

Gala Committee: Shannyn Bessoni, Marc Blakeman, Jerold Osato, Esfir Fira Shrayber, Shae Lynn Styles, Doug Waggener, Lawrence Wong, Diane Yancey

Past Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of REAF events:

Eat Drink SF 2017 @ Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason
Aug 24 – Aug 27 all-day

Eat Drink SF, Red Carpet Bay AreaEat Drink SF (formerly known as SF Chefs) is San Francisco’s premier food and drink festival! Local tastemakers, world-class chefs, and restaurateurs will gather for four glorious days of curated programming. The festival kicks off with the legendary Taco Knockdown, in which chefs compete with their most creative take on the taco. Four Grand Tasting sessions are the signatures of the event, as they showcase the Bay Area’s top-tier and diverse dining scene.

Eat Drink SF charitable beneficiaries include CUESA — the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture and the Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation.

ChickTech Gala 2017 @ The Ritz-Carlton
Aug 25 @ 9:00 pm – Aug 26 @ 1:00 am

ChickTech GalaChickTech invites you to a black-tie affair at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco. Join us for a night of networking, dancing, karaoke, open bar, and hors d’oeuvres.

Through ChickTech events, the organization empowers women and girls in technology, builds community, and provides networking and mentoring opportunities.

Headquarters staff: Janice Levenhagen, Katie SanFillipo, Britney Morgan, Heather McGreevy

Board of Directors: Beena Ammanath, Christine Placek, Mark Lewis, Priya Cloutier

Advisory Board: Suzanne Clark, Tyler Bel, Rose Robinson

Beats for Boobs Fashion Show and Fundraiser @ CLIFT Hotel
Sep 7 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm


Beats for Boobs Fashion Show and Fundraiser

Beats for Boobs is an all-volunteer San Francisco based organization that grants financial support to local breast cancer nonprofits. Our annual fashion show and fundraiser on September 7, will take you back to the roaring 1920s as we celebrate, honor and remember those impacted by breast cancer. Flappers, gangsters, and raucous revelers are welcome!

Event Details:

Master of Ceremonies: Rachel Cantu Rajput

Art: Heather Joyce Morrill and Michelle Mansour

Fashion: Alexander Michael Snyder, Jessica Hoff Designs, Miss Velvet Cream Neocouture Clothing and Venus Superstar Jewelry, Warrior Within Designs

Performances: Lindy in the Park, Aima the Dreamer

Music: Lauren Li// tangled headphones, ViaJay// Angels of bAss, DJ Mancub// Space Cowboys

For the past thirteen years, Beats for Boobs has combined art, fashion, food, music, and education to inspire the community to take action, volunteer, and to donate.

SF Opera Ball 2017 @ War Memorial Opera House
Sep 8 @ 5:00 pm – 11:59 pm
SF Opera Opening, Red Carpet Bay Area

Promotional poster for the premiere of Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Turandot”, on 25 April 1926; Photo by Mushii – Public Domain

San Francisco Opera Opening 

San Francisco Opera Ball Co-chairs Courtney Labe and Maryam Muduroglu invite you to celebrate the opening night of San Francisco Opera’s 95th Season! Pre-performance cocktails and a sumptuous dinner are followed by a performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, after which guests will enjoy dancing and further celebration. 

Check out more Red Carpet Bay Area coverage from San Francisco Opera’s season opening events:

Pour for a Cure! @ Private Residence
Sep 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pour for a Cure

Pour for a Cure!

Join the Seto Family for a fun-filled afternoon! Enjoy wine and delicious elixirs, a beautiful selection of hors d’oeuvres, with live music, and surprises in lovely Santa Rosa hill country. Your support will help patients locally as well fund important research towards a cure.

Indulge in fine wine, delicious elixirs, beautiful hors d’oeuvres, live music and more for a fun-filled afternoon in the lovely Santa Rosa hill country! Your support will help patients locally as well fund important research towards a cure. The attire is Diamonds and Denim.

The Big Grape Escape (Pre-Party Excursion) – 9:00 AM

For those who want to make a full day of wine tasting: You will be picked up at 9 AM in San Francisco, visit Fleury Estate Winery & Kendall Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens for special tastings, and then arrive at the Pour for a Cure Wine Social in Santa Rosa. Boxed lunch included. Limited to 50 guests.

VIP Three-Course Luncheon starting at 12:00 PM

Enjoy a delicious three-course luncheon with wine pairings. Very limited seating available. Limited to 50 guests.

Wine Social from 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Partake in tastings from 15 vineyards. Limited reserved seating and round-trip transportation available.

 Event Chair: Sharon Seto

Honorary Co-chairs:  Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Anita Lee, Mayor Sam Liccardo and Jessica Garcia- Kohl, Assembly member David Chiu, Congressman Ro Khanna, Helene Edelman

Honorary Committee: Nancy Bechtle, An and Clement Chen, Robyn Coles, Gail Covington, Pamela Rummage Culp, Thao and Jerome Dodson, Carol Doll, Claudia and Brian Fleury, Cooksie Giannini, John and Marcia Goldman, Anette Harris, Patti Lee Hoffman, Arlene Inch, Judy Jorgensen, Roberta Kracht, Stephen K. Lee, Sam Leftwich, Richard Okiuye, Misty M. Reistad and Larry A. Schreiber, Clara Shayevich, Patricia and Charles Sprincin, Mindy and Peter Sun, Lan Tran, Lawrence Wong, Elizabeth W. Vobach

Willy Ball 2017 @ Oakland Coliseum
Sep 9 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

469d71_e9b2c4dfae4848c58bbb1b2d6e729cb3_png_srz_346_204_75_22_0_50_1_20_0Each year, Willy Ball brings together friends, families, and clinicians for high energy fun at the ballpark to raise critical funds that benefit our support grant program for families in need who are also caring for a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Event Details:

This year’s Willy Ball will take place on September 9, 2017, as the Oakland A’s take on the Houston Astros.

Pre-Game BBQ: 11 am – 1 pm
Game Time: 1:05 pm PT
Please note: Tickets are not required for children under 2 years of age

All proceeds benefit our Will’s Way Foundation grants program. Unable to attend? Sponsor a NICU family.

Willy Ball Host Committee: Camille Bui-Nguyen, Heather Birchall, Lauren Horning, Brittany Lothe

About Will’s Way

Founded by Scott Bolick and Brittany Lothe after the premature birth of their son, Will, Will’s Way Foundation provides support grants and solutions to improve children’s health in the San Francisco Bay Area.

During Will’s five month stay in the NICU at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Scott and Brittany experienced first hand the challenges of having a child with a life-threatening illness—both on themselves and other parents.

Our Mission

Advance family centered care in the Bay Area to improve outcomes for children and families.

Our Focus

  • Research, education, and tools
  • Support grants and experiences for parents and caregivers during times of need

Our Operating Principles

  • Target investments in areas of focus
  • Partner to increase impact
  • Focus on outcomes
  • Engage Will in the cause as he gets older

We hope that you will join us in advancing Will’s Way in the San Francisco Bay Area!

15th Annual Maritime Ball @ The Palace Hotel
Sep 9 @ 5:30 pm – 11:59 pm

15th Annual Maritime Ball, Red Carpet Bay AreaSan Francisco Maritime Association’s 15th Annual Maritime Ball, A Salute to the Matthew Turner

Join us as we salute the new 130-foot sailing vessel, Matthew Turner, built for youth maritime education programs, and launched on April 1st this year. Named for the Bay Area’s most prolific designer and builder of sailing ships, the brigantine Matthew Turner is the first wooden ship to be built in Northern California in over 85 years.

Event Details:

5:30pm – 7:00pm Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction
7:00pm – 9:00pm Dinner and Live Auction
9:00pm – Midnight After-Party with Entertainment by Mustache Harbor

Master of Ceremonies: Frank Somerville
Live Auction: Mark Buell

Co-chairs: Andrea Donohoe and Taryn Hoppe

Committee: Jack Lapidos, David Hoppes, Brian T. Mullins, Darlene Plumtree, Oliver Roup, Betty Taisch, Carol Tregenza, John Tregenza, Charles “Bruce” Woodward

Attire: Cocktail, Natty Nautical, Nautical Black Tie

Bay Shore Lyric Opera Free Opera in the Park Series @ Redwood City Courthouse Square
Sep 10 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bay Shore Lyric Opera Free Opera in the Park Series

Bay Shore Lyric Opera Presents Carmen

Bay Shore Lyric Opera Free Opera in the Park Series presents Carmen. For the classical, instrumental and opera music lover, or anyone who appreciates great musical talent. Families will love these free concerts, performed outdoors on beautiful Courthouse Square in Redwood City.

Bay Shore Lyric Opera

Let us entertain you with breathtaking, passionate, inspiring opera for the community from the greatest singers in the Bay Area. Come enjoy the world’s most beloved opera arias and ensembles from beloved master composers like Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Gounod, Mozart, and Mascagni. This year features Carmen by Georges Bizet. The performance will be sung in Italian with spoken dialogue in English with members of the Winchester Orchestra and conducted by Michael Di Giacinto.

San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala 2017 @ San Francisco Symphony
Sep 14 @ 5:00 pm – 11:59 pm

YoYo Ma, San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala 2017San Francisco Symphony’s 2017-2018 season will celebrate the 100th birthday of Leonard Bernstein, one of the greatest composers, conductors, and educators of the 20th century. The season kicks off with an Opening Night Gala and Concert featuring superstar YoYo Ma with Michael Tilson Thomas and the Symphony Orchestra.

The concert opens with Bernstein’s Overture to Candide, commencing a season-long celebration of the composer’s centenary. Yo-Yo Ma performs two of the most beloved works from the cello repertoire–Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto No. 1. Ravel’s Boléro wraps up the evening’s concert program.

All opening night concertgoers are invited to continue the celebration at the After-Party, which includes cocktails, live music, and dancing.

Make a whole night of it! Four unique Dinner Packages that include premium seating for the concert are available.

2017 Opening Night Gala Chair: Priscilla B. Geeslin
Honorary Chairs: Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem
Wattis Room Dinner Co-Chairs: Ann Paras and Joelle Benioff
Symphony Supper Co-chairs: Heidi Bjornson-Pennell and Dr. Manjula Noone
Symphonix Dinner Party Chairs: Logan & Elizabeth Allin and Nicholas & Meredith Tan
After-Party Co-chairs: Annie Dreshfield, Cate McDonough, and Sharon Seto

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American Cancer Society Discovery Gala @ The Fairmont Hotel, San Francisco
Sep 16 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

American Cancer Society San Francisco Discovery GalaThe 2017 American Cancer Society San Francisco Discovery Gala is expected to raise more than $2 million in the effort to finish the fight against cancer.

Some 600 guests including American Cancer Society’s Board of Ambassadors will gather for a reception, elegant dinner, special guest entertainment, and a live and silent auction.

Event Chairs: Denise and John Orwin, Chief Executive Officer of Relypsa

Party for the Parks 2017 @ Stern Grove
Sep 16 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Party for the Parks 2017, Red Carpet Bay AreaParty for the Parks 2017 at Stern Grove

Party for the Parks is a festive and lively evening filled with signature cocktails, spectacular dinner stations by McCall’s Catering, and dancing late into the night with DJ Aaron Axelson.

This year’s event benefits the work of the San Francisco Parks Alliance and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to renovate playgrounds across the city. Join us, and ensure that more than 20,000 children in San Francisco have safe, imaginative places to play!

Event Chairs: Sophie Hayward, Liz Farrell, and Caroline Brinckerhoff

Committee: Vince Carey, Linda Voigt Coates, Carolyn Feinstein Edwards, Caitlin Fisher, Christine Gardner, Emily Ginsburg, Jason Goldman, Jennifer Goldman, Matthew Goldman, Lauren Haswell, Mollie Gardner Hector, Michelle Hughes, Courtney Klinge, Martine Krumholz, Mather Martin, Martha Miller, Missy Smit, Amanda Valentino, Katy Congdon Williams, Michelle Potthoff Wylie, Alana Young

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Bay Shore Lyric Opera Free Opera at the Beach @ Capitola Esplanade
Sep 17 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Bay Shore Lyric Opera Free Opera at the Beach

Bay Shore Lyric Opera presents Free Opera at the Beach in Esplanade Park

Bay Shore Lyric Opera Free Opera in the Park Series presents Carmen. For the classical, instrumental and opera music lover, or anyone who appreciates great musical talent. Families will love these free concerts, performed outdoors at the beach in Esplanade Park, City of Capitola.

Bay Shore Lyric Opera

Let us entertain you with breathtaking, passionate, inspiring opera for the community from the greatest singers in the Bay Area. Come enjoy the world’s most beloved opera arias and ensembles from beloved master composers like Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, Gounod, Mozart, and Mascagni. This year features Carmen by Georges Bizet. The performance will be sung in Italian with spoken dialogue in English with members of the Winchester Orchestra and conducted by Michael Di Giacinto.

Polo for Lyme @ Polo Fields at Menlo Circus Club
Sep 17 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Bay Area Lyme

Polo for Lyme

Enjoy a beautiful afternoon in Atherton beginning with an Opening Flag Ceremony, followed by a polo competition between three teams: The Cure, The Ticks, and Stanford. The Menlo Circus Club will serve lunch under the glorious oak trees, complete with a traditional champagne divot stomp, a fancy hats competition, and a lively silent auction. Wear your festive Sunday attire — we look forward to seeing you there! All donations go towards Lyme disease research.

Honorary Host: Lyn Jason Cobb

Event Hosts: Karen Allen, Bonnie Crater, Jo Ellis, Kate Vanzanten, Loring Weidner, Laure Woods