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Sep
22
Fri
2017
Independent Institute 30th Anniversary: A Gala for the Future of Liberty @ The Ritz-Carlton
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Independent Institute 30th Anniversary: A Gala for the Future of Liberty, Red Carpet Bay AreaIndependent Institute 30th Anniversary: A Gala for the Future of Liberty

Join us for an elegant Gala to celebrate our past successes and to look forward as we honor champions of liberty, entrepreneurial innovation, and human well-being.

Master of ceremonies:

P.J. O’Rourke, best-selling author, and America’s leading political humorist

Honorees:

  • Timothy C. Draper, world-renowned, tech-entrepreneur
  • Vernon L. Smith, Nobel Laureate economist
  • Yeonmi Park, North Korean refugee, defector, and human-rights activist

Event Chairs:

Robert W. Alspaugh, William H. Draper III, John Hagel III, Kenneth G. Hecht Jr. Esq., Phillip Hudner Esq., Franklin P. Johnson Jr., Jennifer M. Johnson, David J. Teece CNZM, Leigh G. Teece

Through uncommon independence, depth, and clarity, the Independent Institute expands the frontiers of our knowledge of public policy and fosters new and effective directions for government reform. In 1986, Independent began its tradition of boldly advancing the timeless principles of liberty by combining scholarly rigor with extensive communications and media coverage of the results, engaging new audiences in innovative, enterprising solutions. Through uncommon independence, depth, and clarity, the Independent Institute expands the frontiers of our knowledge of public policy and fosters new and effective directions for government reform.

Sep
23
Sat
2017
JLSF 23rd Annual Home Tour: From Great Heights @ South of Market
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

JLSF 23rd Annual Home Tour, Red Carpet Bay AreaJLSF 23rd Annual Home Tour: From Great Heights

Each year, the Junior League of San Francisco highlights one of San Francisco’s most prestigious neighborhoods. Join us at some of the most exclusive high rise towers of the SoMa neighborhood. Our Home Tour includes residences not normally open to the public.

JLSF Home Tour proceeds support our focus area – advancing the social and emotional health of at-risk youth and elderly populations throughout the Bay Area.

Home Tour Chair: Kris Kolassa

— Related — Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of past Junior League of San Francisco Home Tours:

 

Bay Shore Lyric Opera Free Opera in the Park Series @ Wildwood Park
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 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 at Wildwood Park in Saratoga.

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.

A Gala Benefiting the San Francisco 49ers Academy @ Private Estate
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The 49ers Academy Gala 2015, Red Carpet Bay Area

Vance McDonald, Kendi McDonald, Jed York, Daniel Kilgore and Megan Kilgore at The 49ers Academy Gala in 2015

A Gala Benefiting the San Francisco 49ers Academy

  • Hand crafted libations and dinner by the Avenir Restaurant Group
  • Exclusive tastings of Napa and Sonoma’s finest wines
  • Mingle with San Francisco 49ers players, alumni, coaches, and ownership
  • Live entertainment and after hours party

About the 49ers Academy

Located in East Palo Alto, the San Francisco 49ers Academy is a private non-profit agency embedded in the public school system providing on-site services, staff, and programs to middle and high school students. This unique and innovative model allows the 49ers Academy to address the ongoing challenges facing low-income students and helps bridge the opportunity gap that they face daily.

Through programs such as mentoring, family support services, academic interventions, and case management, the Academy provides students with a community of support that empowers
them to be engaged in school and to reach their full potential. By providing their students with the resources, relationships, and services they need, the 49ers Academy is changing lives, one student at a time.

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Rodin by Moonlight 2017 @ Cantor Arts Center
Sep 23 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Rodin by Moonlight, Cantor Arts Center, Red Carpet Bay Area

David Martin’s House Party played in front of the “Gates of Hell” in the Rodin Sculpture Garden at Cantor Center for the Arts

Rodin by Moonlight

Cantor Arts Center’s biennial gala and benefit event featuring dining under the stars and dancing in front of Rodin’s Gates of Hell. The magical evening begins with a cocktail reception in the museum, followed by dinner in the Rodin Sculpture Garden, with a special menu created by Chef Staffan Tarje, partnering with Paula le Duc Fine Catering. Following dinner, guests dance in front of Rodin’s Gates of Hell until the clock strikes midnight

Honorary Chairs: Deedee Mc Murtry and Burt McMurtry 

Event Committee: Sara Abbasi, Katie Anderson, Melissa Badger, Paula Carano, Charlene Cogan, Katie Hanna Dickson, Michele Kirsch, Lisa Mooring, Amy Salisbury, Komal Shah, Quintilla Shott, Cindy Traum

— Related: Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of Rodin by Moonlight (2015) and Rodin by Moonlight(2013)

Sep
28
Thu
2017
Cocktails and Couture 2017 @ Private Estate
Sep 28 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
49ers Academy Cocktails and Couture, Red Carpet Bay Area

San Francisco 49er Eric Reid

The San Francisco 49ers Academy is pleased to announce Cocktails and Couture 2017, our annual “Girls’ Night Out” where women come together to celebrate while they shop and sip to support education in East Palo Alto.

This signature event features fabulous shopping with a unique selection of curated fashion vendors. 25% of all purchases made the night of the event will be donated to the 49ers Academy! Guests will enjoy epicurean delights and bites from local culinary partners, sip-sational cocktails, and luxurious wine tasting. Our evening will culminate with a trend setting fashion show featuring 49ers players’ and coaches’ significant others and more local celebrities.

A ticket to the event includes access to shopping vendors, the fashion show, unlimited food & drinks and a gift bag.

About the 49ers Academy

Located in East Palo Alto, the San Francisco 49ers Academy is a private non-profit agency embedded in the public school system providing on-site services, staff, and programs to middle and high school students. This unique and innovative model allows the 49ers Academy to address the ongoing challenges facing low-income students and helps bridge the opportunity gap that they face daily.

Through programs such as mentoring, family support services, academic interventions, and case management, the Academy provides students with a community of support that empowers
them to be engaged in school and to reach their full potential. By providing their students with the resources, relationships, and services they need, the 49ers Academy is changing lives, one student at a time.

— Related — More Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of San Francisco 49ers Academy events:

Pinwheel Party @ Monarch SF
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Pinwheel Party, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention CenterPinwheel Party for San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center

The pinwheel is a national symbol of child abuse prevention, and this year, the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center is hosting its first ever Pinwheel Party to celebrate the vital importance of children’s advocacy.

Join us for a night of drinks, dancing, and fun for a cause — advocating for the safety of the Bay Area’s children. Delicious bites, craft cocktails, and DJ Lauren Cañas spinning. Cocktail attire requested.

All proceeds benefit programs and services at the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center – working to prevent child abuse and to reduce its devastating impact.

Host Committee: Kelly D. Fair, Emilie Lynch, Hilary Mendola, Jamie Mendola, Vanessa Mendoza, Shawn Miller Gillam, Gwenn Murphy, Emily Schell, Joanna Seelbach, Pippy Sou, Alissa Yee

— Related — more Red Carpet Bay Area coverage for San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center:

Shanti’s 43rd Anniversary Compassion Is Universal Dinner @ The Palace Hotel
Sep 28 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Shanti's 43rd Anniversary Compassion Is Universal DinnerNordstrom presents Compassion Is Universal Shanti’s 43rd Anniversary Benefit Dinner

2017 Nancy Pelosi Lifetime Achievement Award: Mark Leno
Performance from CHEER San Francisco
Event Co-chairs Monica and Adam Mosseri
Honorary Co-chairs: U.S. Ambassador James C Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen

Shanti Project exists to enhance the health, quality of life and well-being of people with terminal, life-threatening or disabling illnesses or conditions. Through a continuum of services, including in-home and onsite patient and care navigation, emotional and practical support and preserving the human-animal bond, Shanti strives to achieve the highest medical and quality of life outcomes for San Francisco’s most vulnerable.

More Red Carpet Bay Area coverage for Shanti Project:

Sep
30
Sat
2017
Strut Your Mutt @ Little Marina Green
Sep 30 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

sym-dog-headerStrut Your Mutt is an annual fundraising dog walk and festival held in more than a dozen cities across the country and online. Money raised during the event goes toward saving the lives of homeless dogs and cats. What sets Strut Your Mutt apart from other dog walks is that strutters can choose the group that they want to strut with and raise money for — whether it’s Best Friends or a participating group nearby. In addition to the charity dog walk, Strut Your Mutt includes super fun activities like doggie yoga, Frisbee, live music, contests, and more. There are also numerous vendors offering pet-related goods and services.

Oct
3
Tue
2017
13th Annual City College Basic Skills Luncheon @ The Fairmont Hotel
Oct 3 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
City College Basic Skills Luncheon, Red Carpet Bay Area

Genelle Relfe

The Auxiliary of the Foundation of City College of San Francisco and President Debra M. Dooley, invite you to the 13th Annual City College Basic Skills Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Mark Leno, Former Senator District 11
Speaker: Dr. Mark Rocha, Chancellor CCSF
Master of Ceremonies: Jan Yanehiro
Event Chair: Marie Lipman
Host Committee Chairs: Elsa and Rennie Spaulding

Your donation to this luncheon is an investment

City College of San Francisco: A Place of Opportunity and Success

City College of San Francisco continues to make the changes necessary to serve the Bay Area Community for generations to come. Please know that all funds donated to the Basic Skills Luncheon are used in the current school year to help the students of the Guardian Scholars Programs and those enrolled in Basic Skills classes. Your donation will have a direct impact this year supporting a student in real need of your help.

Related: Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of the 10th Annual City College Basic Skills Luncheon

Oct
5
Thu
2017
Root and Rebound 2017 Annual Benefit @ The Lab
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Root and Rebound 2017 Annual Benefit, Red Carpet Bay AreaRoot and Rebound 2017 Annual Benefit

Join Shaka Senghor, a storyteller, an author and one of many who transitioned from prison into society. Root and Rebound, a legal resource center, works to empower those who are re-entering communities from prison or jails all around California. Funds raised will help Root and Rebound expand their reach and provide legal assistance so that jail is not a life sentence. Their services restore hope and dignity and create real opportunities and second chances for those Americans who may have never had a first.

Shine Gala: Celebrating San Francisco’s Girls @ Twitter HQ
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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Join us to for a shining-good time to raise funds for Oasis For Girls’ RISE Life Skills, CREATE Arts Education, and ENVISION Career Exploration programs. Discover the amazing things Oasis girls are doing and meet some of the women who inspire them to SHINE every day!

Founded in 1999, Oasis For Girls partners with young women of color from under-resourced communities in San Francisco to help them cultivate the skills, knowledge, and confidence to discover their dreams and build strong futures.

Featuring tasty hors d’oeuvres and drinks from Twitter’s chefs and a can’t-miss silent auction

NOTE: In accordance with Twitter security, no event entry will be allowed after 7:30 p.m.
Special thanks to our sponsors!

Oct
7
Sat
2017
George Mark Children’s House Autumn Celebration @ George Mark Children's House
Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

George Mark Children's House Autumn Celebration, Red Carpet Bay AreaGeorge Mark Children’s House Autumn Celebration

Join the caring staff and friends of the George Mark Children’s House to support families of children with a terminal diagnosis or life-limiting illnesses. Enjoy a gourmet dinner and entertainment combined with inspirational stories and house tours on the beautifully landscaped grounds of the George Mark Children’s House.

About George Mark Children’s House

Situated on five picturesque acres in San Leandro, California, George Mark is the first freestanding pediatric palliative care center in the United States and the leader in the pediatric palliative care movement. Since 2004, the exceptional staff has served more than 3,000 children, parents, and siblings.

“We provide safe, superior care to children in the comfort and warmth of a home-like setting, and we extend this support to their families who never see a bill for the medical care provided,” explained Founder and Board President Kathy Hull, whose recent TED Talk has garnered international attention. “We are deeply grateful to our supporters, who have helped us to improve the quality of lives of these children while providing a compassionate, supportive atmosphere.”

Families with a patient at George Mark never see a medical bill, and its model of care is offered at significantly less cost than that of an acute care hospital facility.

George Mark Children’s House Founder and Board President Kathy Hull
Chief Executive Officer Linda Ashcraft Hudak

Oct
8
Sun
2017
Soirée du Vin Wine Auction @ Fremont Hills Country Club
Oct 8 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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Discover the nuances of red and white wine at the 12th Annual Soirée du Vin: Rouge et Blanc! Indulge in exceptional wines, gourmet food, and a live auction with unique experiences, luxury items, and exclusive wine lots.

By supporting Soirée du Vin, you are helping to ensure that the International School of the Peninsula is able to continue on its mission to educate students through a rigorous and dynamic bilingual program, inspiring them to develop an inquisitive and responsible international mindset. Raise a glass at Soirée du Vin and support the children of the International School of the Peninsula!

 

Oct
11
Wed
2017
25th Annual TNDC Pool Toss @ Phoenix Hotel/Chambers Eat + Drink
Oct 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

TNDC Pool Toss, Red Carpet Bay AreaGet ready to soak up the fun at the 25th Annual TNDC Pool Toss! Watch San Francisco luminaries get drenched for dollars! Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s splashiest event is at SF’s chic Phoenix Hotel/Chambers Eat + Drink on Wednesday, October 11. Notable Bay Area personalities belly flop, nose-dive, and cannonball into the pool to raise money for TNDC’s After- School Program. THE pool party of the year has raised nearly $5 million for TNDC youth and family programs. TNDC serves more than 4,100 of the lowest-income individuals in San Francisco’s Tenderloin and nearby neighborhoods.

In addition to wet and wacky fun, the festivities include hosted bars and tasty Bay Area bites from Twenty-Five Lusk, Brenda’s French Soul Food, Cumaica Coffee, Deerfield Ranch Winery, Kai Vodka, Farallon, and Jane on Larkin, just to name a few.

Bonhams auctioneer Aaron Bastian will lead the spirited auction while the burly and brawny lifeguards from Fitness SF will be rescue ready if the need arises. Pool Toss fave, The Fabulous Bud E. Luv Show, will be back again to entertain the crowd.

Hosts: Brian Copeland and Nikki Medoro
Event Chairs: Laura King Pfaff and Jim Losi

2017 TOSSEES:

Nancy Andrews, CEO, Low Income Investment Fund
The Conley Family, Dunking Celebs Since 1992
Bill Feyling, Executive Director, Carpenters 46 Northern California Counties Conference Board Paul Frentsos, EVP/COO, SF Travel
The Honorable Mark Leno
Jim Losi and Laura Pfaff, longtime Pool Toss Co-Chairs
Jessica Silverman, owner Jessica Silverman Gallery
Richard Tran, Mayor of Milpitas
Carlie Wilmans, Executive Director, 500 Capp Street Project
The Women of Pixar, a dedicated group of colleagues who are taking the plunge together

— Related: Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of past TNDC fundraising events

 

Oct
13
Fri
2017
2017 Headstand Gala @ St Regis Hotel
Oct 13 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Headstand Gala, San Francisco, Red Carpet Bay AreaThe 7th Annual Headstand Gala is on October 13, 2017. Headstand builds a sustainable commitment to schools by providing students with mindfulness, yoga classes, and curriculum for one year or more. For students living in poverty, Headstand classes can help reduce or even reverse the physiological damage of chronic and toxic stress from their environment. This increases the potential for academic achievement, which in turn narrows the achievement gap.

Event Chair: Pamela Culp

Emcees: Mike Nicco, ABC7 and Carolyne Zinko, San Francisco Chronicle

Oct
19
Thu
2017
Dracula Orchid Ball Gala Under Glass @ Conservatory of Flowers
Oct 19 @ 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm

dracula-ball-socialThe Dracula Orchid Ball and Gala Under Glass is the annual benefit for the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco.

The event will highlight the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and tactile beauty of rainforests all over the world. Each gallery will seduce you with sublime experiences.

Proceeds from the Dracula Orchid Ball support the 138-year-old historical treasure, the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Funds will be used to renovate the Cloud Forest Gallery and its supporting greenhouse, which are critical to maintaining and protecting rare, endangered orchids. Rainforests lose more than 80,000 acres daily, which means a loss of 135 plant and animal species each day.

The Dracula Orchid Ball is a multifaceted experience designed by Carina Hessmer of Entire Productions.

— Related — Red Carpet Bay Area coverage for the Conservatory of Flowers: