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2017 San Francisco Decorator Showcase @ 2017 Decorator Showhouse
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – May 29 @ 4:00 pm

2017 San Francisco Decorator ShowcaseSince 1977, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase has raised over $15 million in support of the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program. This year’s Showcase promises to be extra special, as it marks the 40th anniversary of the historic event.

The 2017 Decorator Showcase is located at 2698 Pacific Avenue, bringing this esteemed event back to Pacific Heights for the anniversary celebration. The exquisite 11,000 square foot residence, built in 1904 and designed by renowned architects Newsom and Newsom, offers panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
To help us ring in the 40th year in style, we’ve enlisted the help of some of the Bay Area’s finest interior designers and landscape architects. Click here for the full list.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday: 10am-3pm (last entry)
Friday: 10am-7pm (last entry)
Sunday and Memorial Day: 11am-4pm (last entry)
CLOSED MONDAY (except Memorial Day)

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San Francisco Art Institute Annual Gala: The Original Disruptor @ San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm

San Francisco Art Institute Annual Gala: The Original DisruptorSan Francisco Art Institute Annual Gala: The Original Disruptor will celebrate generations of alumni by inviting more than twenty artists back to transform its iconic Chestnut Street campus
into a series of stunning art bars and lounges for one night only.

Gala: 6pm until 9pm
After Party: 9pm until 12am

From Burning Man artist David Best’s monumental installation over the historic courtyard to the glow-in-the-dark drinks at Whitney Lynn and Tony Labat’s peace sign bar celebrating the Summer of Love, San Francisco Art Institute’s 2017 Gala will be a one-of-a-kind experience. Its historic home on Russian Hill will provide the setting for an unprecedented celebration of its legacy as an incubator for some of the nation’s most “disruptive” and groundbreaking artists such as Joan Brown, Richard Diebenkorn, Annie Leibovitz, Paul McCarthy, Laura Poitras, Jason Rhoades, and Barry McGee, just to name a few. The event is SFAI’s premier fundraiser—all proceeds from the evening will benefit student scholarships.

SFAI alumni artists will transform the campus into twelve stunning, temporary bars and lounges designed to generate surprising and immersive experiences. Renowned chefs and bartenders will join forces with the artists to create an unforgettable homage to the creative spirit fostered at SFAI for the past 146 years.

Arriving guests will enjoy drinks in an elaborate installation, built over SFAI’s cloistered courtyard, designed by David Best (1962, 66-67, 71-74) who heads up Burning Man’s famous Temple Crew and was a member of the now world-renowned festival’s founding group.

Whitney Lynn (MFA 08) and Tony Labat (MFA 80), both current faculty at SFAI, will take over the Diego Rivera Gallery with an homage to the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Labat, well known for his giant peace sign sculptures, will return to this subject with an enormous peace sign-shaped, blacklight bar created in partnership with Lynn. Expect glow-in-the-dark drinks, neon, video projection, and more.

KunstCapades, a collective composed of Tim Sullivan (MFA 04), Joshua Pieper (MFA 05), Robyn Carliss, and others, will bring their art-themed variety show/podcast to the President’s Office. Guests will board a gondola up to the recording booth—a micro tiki bar—for conversation and cocktails.

David Janesko (MFA 13) and Adam Donnelly (MFA 13) are creating the Camera Obscura Bar. Guests will enter an enclosed, 10’x20’ camera obscura to see the outside world projected inward through a variety of lenses focused on the surrounding area and San Francisco Bay. Photos taken by the giant camera will be available for sale that night.

Penelope Houston (77-78), a singer in the famous proto-punk rock band The Avengers, is creating a bar called Backstage that mirrors the hundreds of hours she has spent backstage at punk clubs. A live punk band will perform songs from the first wave of San Francisco’s punk scene, and the audience will be invited to perform punk-karaoke style. Expect graffiti and cheap beer on ice.

Taravat Talepasand (MFA 06), currently on the faculty at SFAI, is collaborating with fellow graduates Ala Ebtekar (BFA 02) and Amir Esfehani (MFA 07) to create “Mehmoonies,” or a Persian party. Layered rugs, cushions, and arabesque motifs will create a cozy spot for tea, baklava, seasonal fruits, and more.

Lorena Perez (MFA 14), now based in Mexico City, will turn the SFAI tower into a dazzling ribbon wrapped installation with a rooftop bar for viewing.

Katie Bush (MFA 00) promises “an environment that will be like a relaxing but violent lava lamp of love.” Expect light projections that “explode and molt … and reverbed funky machine gun beats.”

Other contributors include SFAI Board member Tom Loughlin (MFA 13) who is turning his bar over to SFAI students; experimental filmmaker Kerry Laitala (MFA 97); the Bonanza team of Conrad Guevara, Lindsay Tully, and Lana Williams (MFA 13); and faculty member/conceptual artist Mads Lynnerup (BFA 01).

All bars and lounges will offer food and drink, with a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and all will offer art for sale, including the installation work itself in some cases.

An After Party will feature live music, as well as a silent disco.

About San Francisco Art Institute

Founded in 1871, SFAI is one of the country’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education in the practice and study of contemporary art. As a diverse community of working artists and scholars, SFAI provides students with a rigorous education in the arts and preparation for a life in the arts through an immersive studio environment, an integrated liberal arts and art history curriculum, and critical engagement with the world. Committed to educating artists who will shape the future of art, culture, and society, SFAI fosters creativity and original thinking in an open, experimental, and interdisciplinary context.

Laughs for Life @ Julia Morgan Ballroom
May 4 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Laughs for LifeSan Francisco Suicide Prevention presents Laughs for Life, a gala evening and benefit event featuring stand-up comedy from some of the Bay Area’s best local comedians. Join us for cocktails, dinner and a fun night celebrating the life-saving achievements of San Francisco Suicide Prevention.

Comedians: Torio Van Grol, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, and Joey Avery

Altruism Award Recipient: Michael Scribner, President and CEO, BCCI Construction Company

Wine, Women and Shoes 2017 @ The Ritz-Carlton
May 7 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Wine, Women and Shoes, San Francisco, 2017The Saint Francis Foundation Presents Wine, Women and Shoes, a benefit for the Tenderloin Health Improvement Partnership

Join us for afternoon tea and wine tasting, a fashion show, shopping, and an auction filled with incredible lots!

Fashion and Compassion — Be There, Be Fabulous!

Parca Palm Beach Club with Jason Wu @ Private Estate
May 10 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Parca Palm Beach ClubParca Palm Beach Club, the 29th annual Parca Auxiliary fundraising luncheon and fashion show will feature famed New York fashion designer Jason Wu. In partnership with Gloria and Sam Malouf of Sam Malouf Authentic Luxury in Burlingame, Parca Auxiliary will host Jason Wu as he presents his fall 2017 runway collection.

Parca Auxiliary Luncheon Co-chairs: Meghan Crowell, Renee Fischer, Francie Jain

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CoachArt Children’s Benefit @ Terra Gallery
May 11 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

CoachArt Children's BenefitCoachArt Children’s Benefit

Join us for an evening of cocktails, dinner, entertainment and love in support of CoachArt’s services for families impacted by childhood chronic illness. The annual CoachArt Children’s Benefit honors individuals for exceptional professional success and personal humanitarianism. This year’s “Heart & Humanity Champion” is Jim Lanzone, Chief Digital Officer of CBS Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Interactive.
Founded in 2001, CoachArt uses the proven power of arts and athletics to spark students’ imagination and build confidence by providing long-term, no-cost arts and athletic opportunities for chronically ill children and their siblings. CoachArt works with about 500 volunteer coaches and community partners to provide 10,000 free lesson hours to 1,000 students annually.
Women at the Center Honors 2017 @ Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco
May 12 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Women at the Center Honors 2017Junior League of San Francisco Women at the Center Honors 2017: Judy Jorgensen and Jennifer Siebel Newsom

These extraordinary and visionary women have given generously of their time, energy and resources in an effort to further philanthropic causes and improve our community.  Their lifelong commitment to voluntarism, community leadership and vision are inspirations to others. Click here to learn more about these accomplished women.

Women at the Center Honors Event Details:

Patron Cocktail Reception – 6:30 – 8:00 pm
An exclusive reception for Patrons and Corporate Sponsors in the Ritz-Carlton Courtyard featuring live entertainment, cocktails and tasty bites

Champagne Stroll – 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Pre-dinner reception for general ticket holders featuring sparkling wine

Dinner and Program – 8:00 – 10:30 pm
Three-course dinner followed by Honoree Award program

Past Women at the Center Honorees:

2005: Katie Cardinal & Dede Wilsey
2006: Delia Ehrlich & Charlene Harvey
2007: Chris Hellman & Leslie Luttgens
2008: Nancy Bechtle & Kimberly Wright-Violich
2009: Barbara Callander & Louise Renne
2010: Gretchen de Baubigny & Susan Cook Hoganson
2011: Belva Davis & Patricia Sughrue Sprincin
2012: Joanne Horning & Charlotte Shultz
2014: Athena Blackburn & Merla Zellerbach
2015:  Patricia Tatum Otstott & Roselyne Chroman Swig
2016: Anette Harris & Dagmar Dolby

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Soirée 2017 – Summer of Love @ The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, San Francisco
May 13 @ 6:00 pm – 11:59 pm

Soirée 2017 - Summer of LoveSoirée 2017 – Summer of Love – at the historic Ritz-Carlton Hotel (San Francisco Landmark #167) will be a psychedelic celebration of the Summer of Love on its 50th anniversary! Experience the landmarks, luminaries, and legacy businesses of Haight-Ashbury and the sights and sounds of the Sixties. Music by San Francisco’s Summer of Love Revue.

The Ritz-Carlton’s 1909 white neoclassical façade will be bathed in Summer of Love-inspired purple. A vintage Volkswagen bus parked inside for photos. Come in black tie or a creative circa-1967 costume — clothing required!

Proceeds from Soirée 2017 will benefit The Landmark Fund, a newly launched program by San Francisco Heritage that aims to ensure that the city’s historic landmarks and legacy businesses fully reflect the diversity of its people and places. Historic designation is the most effective and proactive way to safeguard important places from demolition, destruction, and displacement. The Landmark Fund will nominate 50 buildings, districts, businesses, and nonprofits for landmark or legacy designation over the next five years.

Raphael House Gala 2017: There’s No Place Like Home @ Palace Hotel
May 13 @ 6:30 pm – 11:59 pm

rh_logo_rgb-01Raphael House Gala 2017: There’s No Place Like Home — Celebrate Raphael House’s 45th year supporting homeless families in San Francisco. Eat, drink, and dance with us in San Francisco’s beautiful Palace Hotel! All funds raised support our family shelter and the comprehensive programs that help us transform the lives of local parents and children in need.

2017 Gala Co-chairs: Josselyn Eccleston and Terra Sollman

2017 Gala Committee Members: Susan Atherton, Victoria Dade, Judy Davies, Marzanne DeLoof, Harriet de Pracomtal, Lillian Everdell, Par Hanji, Marny Homan, Dr. Lisa Kang, Asti Khachatryan, Melissa Koerner, Jennifer Law, Laura Larsen, Amy Lebastchi, Michele Lee, Claudia Lombana,, Ladan Mozafar, Molly O’Brien, Cecily Olson, Mahkameh Rahimi, Kate Smith

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Holy Family Day Home Casino Night @ Julia Morgan Ballroom
May 18 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Holy Family Day Home Casino NightHoly Family Day Home Casino Night — Join us for a fun and important night of fundraising to benefit the children and families of Holy Family Day Home, San Francisco’s oldest preschool and family support service center. Funds raised will help us the continue to provide high-quality early childhood education and immediate family support services for working class families in the Bay Area. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served while you enjoy casino games, entertainment, and live and silent auctions.

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Children’s Champions 2017 @ Menlo College
May 20 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Children's Champions 2017Children’s Champions is a fun, family-friendly event benefiting at-risk children in the Bay Area. The Wender Weis Foundation for Children and Fit Kids are coming together to help make fitness fun. Held at Menlo College, Children’s Champions will feature sports drills, clinics, and demonstrations with Stanford athletes, including members of the Stanford football team. Visitors can also participate in Fit Kids activities such as an obstacle course, relay races, capture the flag games, arts and crafts. Don’t miss the fitness and fun, and the opportunity to take photos with professional team athletes and mascots!

2017 Change Maker Award Recipient: Joe Staley, San Francisco 49ers, Pro Bowl Offensive Tackle

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LymeAid 2017 @ Private Residence
May 20 @ 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Diana Ross for LymeAid (Drew Altizer Photography)

Diana Ross for LymeAid (Drew Altizer Photography)

LymeAid 2017 is the Bay Area Lyme Foundation’s 5th annual exclusive benefit dinner and live concert, held at a private home in Portola Valley, CA.

This year we are featuring live music by Grammy Award winner, singer and songwriter Kenny Loggins. Actor and beloved entertainer, Alec Baldwin, will serve as master of ceremonies. The event is by invitation only—please email for more information.

LymeAid, presented by the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, is designed to facilitate collaboration between renowned scientists, physicians, ecologists, business leaders, and philanthropists to accelerate solutions for Lyme disease. Silicon Valley leaders have inspired many to act and are already shaping a new, promising landscape in Lyme diagnostics and treatment.

LymeAid Event Chairs: Arlene Inch, Jane Inch, Lucy Kuchan, Carolyn Margiotti, Eileen Morgenthaler, Lisa Najarian, Kathleen O’Rourke, Laure Woods

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The Gala: An Evening Benefiting Brain Aneurysm Research @ The Fairmont
Jun 10 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

The Gala: An Evening Benefiting Brain Aneurysm ResearchThe Gala: An Evening Benefiting Brain Aneurysm Research is a three-way cooperative between the Joe Niekro Foundation™, Mission:BRAIN, and The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation. The event will showcase our organization’s joint focus on research and awareness for brain aneurysms, AVM and hemorrhagic stroke, as well as neurosurgical care of indigent people.

Actor/director Zach Braff, who is best known for playing his role of Dr. John ‘J.D.’ Dorian on the hit television series, Scrubs (2001), will be our emcee, while athletes and celebrities from across the country will join patrons for an evening of fun, laughs, and memories to last a lifetime. Braff is also known for his writing, directing and acting roles in the films Garden State (2004) and Wish I Was Here (2014).

We are honored to announce our first ever William L. Young Achievement Award recipient, Dr. Michael Lawton. Dr. Lawton is the Tong-Po Kan Endowed Chair, professor of neurological surgery and vice chairman of the department at the University of California, San Francisco. As chief of one of the busiest cerebrovascular centers on the West Coast for nearly 20 years, Dr. Lawton is being recognized for his outstanding advancements and treatment of brain aneurysms, AVMs and hemorrhagic strokes.

Merola Opera Program 60th Anniversary Gala and Concert @ San Francisco City Hall
Jun 11 @ 5:15 pm – 11:15 pm

Merola Opera Program 60th Anniversary Gala and ConcertMerola Opera Program 60th Anniversary Gala and Concert: Sparking the Future of Opera — The Merola Opera Program will launch its 60th anniversary season with a nod to its history while forging a new path for young opera artists.

The Merola 2017 season opens June 11 with a Benefit Gala, including cocktails and dinner. The evening begins at San Francisco City Hall with a cocktail reception and dinner, starting at 5:30. Guests will then make their way across the street to Herbst Theatre for the concert, featuring some of the most illustrious participants from past Merola programs including Deborah Voigt (’85), Julie Adams (’14), Kristin Clayton (’93), Tracy Dahl (’85), Catherine Cook (’90), Zanda Svēde (’13), Dolora Zajick (’83), Pene Pati (’13), Issachah Savage (’13), Quinn Kelsey (’02), Bojan Knezevic (’92), John Churchwell (’96), Mark Morash (’89), and more special Merola alumni. The festivities conclude with a Dessert After-Party in the Green Room at the Veterans Building following the concert.

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MarinScapes Opening Night Gala @ Escalle Winery
Jun 22 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
MarinScapes Opening Night Gala

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The Opening Night Gala for the  29th Annual MarinScapes Fine Art Exhibit & Benefit at the beautiful and historic Escalle Winery in Marin’s charming town of Larkspur. MarinScapes will showcase the works of over 30 artists and photographers who capture the stunning beauty and natural scenery of Marin County. This year’s featured artist and

This year’s featured artist and guest Susan Schneider Williams is a Marin County based fine artist, and wife of the late Robin Williams. MarinScapes annual event is a fundraiser for Marin, Napa and Sonoma County-based Buckelew Programs. In particular, the Family Service Agency and the Helen Vine Recovery Center whose mission is to promote recovery, resilience, and hope by providing behavioral health and support services that enhance the quality of life.

MarinScapes Opening Night Gala gives art patrons the opportunity to peruse the exhibit prior to the art show’s public opening. MarinScapes Gala patrons and sponsors will enjoy an evening of fine dining by local favorite Insalata’s and inspirational words from Susan Schneider Williams.

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 featuring superstar YoYo Ma with Michael Tilson Thomas and the Symphony Orchestra performing two beloved works. 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.

San Francisco Opening Night Gala Performers:

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
San Francisco Symphony


Bernstein, Overture to Candide
Saint-Saëns, Cello Concerto No. 1

Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme

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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