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JLSF Touch-A-Truck @ Civil War Parade Grounds
Apr 1 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

JLSF Touch-A-Truck, Red Carpet Bay AreaJLSF Touch-A-Truck is a family-friendly event designed for children! Bring your picnic blanket and the family for a day in the Presidio filled with cars and trucks of all sizes, arts and crafts, bubbles and more activities to keep everyone busy and active.  Food trucks will be onsite offering lunch and snacks for purchase. Touch-A-Truck is open, rain or shine.

Touch-A-Truck Co-chairs: Elyssa Match and Andrea Swetland

Sustainer Advisor: Usha Burns

Committee: Sarah Adler, Kacey Anderson, Tanya Benzhaf, Jennifer Childs, Nancy Gomez, Rita Graham, Dana Kennard, Michelle Lofgren, Brittany Lothe, Michelle Mukherjee, Kimberly Oberhauser, Mia Pallari, Megan Purdy, Valerie Reilly, Kristin Riccio, Kiley Sheehy, Whitney Snyder,  Allie Stallone, Michele Tom, Nicole Verhalen, Lindsay Ward

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Compass Family Services Spring Benefit 2017 @ Bently Reserve
Apr 5 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Compass Family Services Spring Benefit 2017Compass Family Services Spring Benefit 2017

Event Co-chairs: Sobia A. Shaikh and Katie Traina

Event Emcee: Amy Gutierrez

Compass Family Services is where families facing homelessness receive housing services and comprehensive support as they transition from crisis to economic stability. Serving San Francisco for over 100 years, we are the City’s longest operating family safety net and, in cooperation with partner organizations, we will serve until the need ceases to exist.

51st Edgewood Fair @ The Bently Reserve
Apr 6 – Apr 7 all-day

51st Edgewood FairThe Edgewood Fair is a two-day benefit event for Edgewood Center for Children and Families, a nonprofit that helps thousands of youth who have suffered from abuse, neglect, and trauma. Gala guests will enjoy cocktails, dinner, extraordinary shopping opportunities, and a lively Fund-a-Need program emceed by “The Foodie Chap,” Liam Mayclem.

51st Edgewood Fair Event details:

Thursday, April 6, 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Gala
The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and exclusive shopping opportunities for all attendees; vendors will donate 25 percent of sale proceeds to Edgewood. Then enjoy an elegant dinner, silent auction, keynote by author and inspirational speaker, Lauri Burns, and a lively evening program emceed by “The Foodie Chap”, Liam Mayclem.

Friday, April 7, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm – Fair Day Luncheon
A morning of exclusive shopping with retail vendors will be followed by the popular Edgewood Luncheon featuring this year’s Alumnae of Distinction Award recipient, Anne Magill, and program emceed by “The Foodie Chap”, Liam Mayclem. All retail vendors will donate 25 percent of sales to Edgewood.

Friday, April 7, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Fair Day Shopping Only
If you cannot make the Fair Luncheon, but still want to do some shopping for a cause, join us for Fair Day Shopping. Your ticket includes one drink on us! All retail vendors will donate 25 percent of sales to Edgewood.

Edgewood Auxiliary Co-Presidents: Kelley Myerberg and Abbey Walker
Fair Sponsorship Co-Chairs: Sandi Colabianchi and Jocelyn Corbett
First Vice President, Fair Chair:  Paige Olson

Magic Theatre 50th Anniversary Gala @ Minnesota Street Project
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Magic Theatre 50th Anniversary Gala

Sam Shepard and Loretta Greco

Magic Theatre 50th Anniversary Gala will celebrate the achievements of this trailblazing organization for playwrights and new works. Ed Harris will honor renowned Magic playwrights including Pulitzer Prize® winners Sam Shepard (Fool for Love, Buried Child, True West), Paula Vogel (The Baltimore Waltz, How I Learned To Drive), and international phenomenon Taylor Mac (The Lily’s Revenge). The evening will also celebrate Magic Theatre’s previous artistic directors including founder John Lion, successors Harvey Seifter, Larry Eilenberg, Mame Hunt, Chris Smith and current artistic director Loretta Greco.

Magic Theatre is dedicated to the cultivation of bold new plays, playwrights, and audiences – and to producing explosive, entertaining, and ideologically robust stories that ask substantive questions about our place in humanity. Magic provides a nurturing yet rigorous artistic home where innovative writers can create a body of work.

Magic Theatre Board of Directors and Gala Committee: Ian Atlas, Debbie Degutis, Loretta Greco, Pat Schultz Kilduff, Whitney Krause, Corky LaVallee, Jaimie Mayer, John Marx, Matt Pagel, Matt Sorgenfrei, Alan Stewart and Bennett G. Young

Honorary Gala Committee: Kathy Baker, Nilo Cruz, Joshua Harmon, Ed Harris, John Kolvenbach, Carl Lumbly, Emily Mann, Richard Montoya and Octavio Solis

Exodus: Let My People Party! @ Contemporary Jewish Museum
Apr 15 @ 9:00 pm – Apr 16 @ 11:59 pm

Exodus: Let My People Party!AN EVENT MORE THAN 5,000 YEARS IN THE MAKING

Please join The CJM Contemporaries for Exodus: Let My People Party!—a late night celebration of Passover and Cary Leibowitz: Museum Show. This special one night only party features world class DJs, specialty cocktails, drag performances, dancers, activities, and more!

The Exodus Party provides an opportunity to celebrate Jewish culture through a contemporary perspective. Proceeds from this spectacular event support The CJM’s year-round evening programs that celebrate the connection of Jewish culture with contemporary life.

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SF Conservatory of Music Gala Honoring Brent Assink @ San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Apr 18 @ 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm

giving-gala-hero2San Francisco Conservatory of Music Gala Honoring Brent Assink —  We salute Brent’s remarkable career and legacy as the leader of San Francisco Symphony our valuable partner institution, and we invite you to join us for a celebration in gratitude of his tremendous contribution to the music community.


Special Gala performers include Deborah Voigt, Jon Nakamatsu, San Francisco Conservatory of Music and San Francisco Symphony brass quintet, and SFCM students.

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Catholic Charities 20th Annual Loaves and Fishes @ St. Regis Hotel
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Catholic Charities 20th Annual Loaves and FishesCatholic Charities 20th Annual Loaves & Fishes Dinner and Gala will recognize supporters for their vital role in providing funds to benefit Catholic Charities services to children and youth throughout San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties. Bill Ring, a Catholic Charities Director Emeritus and Super Bowl Champion will receive the 2017 Loaves & Fishes Award for Faith in Action for his 25 years of tireless work in service to children and youth.

Land of Flowers @ Julia Morgan Ballroom
Apr 25 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Land of Flowers, San Francisco Garden ClubLand of Flowers, San Francisco Garden Club 91st Anniversary Benefit Luncheon features a special presentation from floral designer Annette Kunz.
Honorary Chair: Janet Reilly

The annual benefit ensures that the San Francisco Garden Club can continue its 91-year history of contributing to the beautification of the City and County of San Francisco. The Land Of Flowers luncheon will benefit San Francisco Garden Club’s Alice Eastwood Legacy Garden located in the San Francisco Botanical Garden.  The funds raised from the luncheon will be used to refurbish the plantings many of which are in need of tending, supplementing, or replacing.  The restoration work on the garden will be done by Botanical Garden certified gardeners with support from San Francisco Garden Club volunteers.  The goal of the completed project is to make the Alice Eastwood Garden a place that the general public will enjoy visiting often and in which they will want to linger.

FAMSF Page Views Book Club ‘Monet: The Early Years’ @ Florence Gould Theater at the Legion of Honor
Apr 26 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

FAMSF Page Views Book Club 'Monet: The Early Years'Page Views ‘Monet: The Early Years’ is the inaugural event for Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s first ever book club!

Join us for this free event at the Legion of Honor Florence Gould Theater, where we will discuss The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave The World Impressionism by Ross King. In this compelling non-fiction work, King describes the period surrounding the rise of the Impressionists in France and their larger place in modern art history. This parallels ‘Monet: The Early Years,’ the first major US exhibition devoted exclusively to the initial phase of Claude Monet’s career.

About Page Views:

Our goal is to deepen engagement with works on view by pairing special exhibitions with a companion text. Together, we’ll celebrate art history, literature, and the thrill of lively discussion among friends new and old.

Reading Partners’ Celebrity Spelling Bee @ Bimbo’s 365 Club
Apr 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Reading Partners' Celebrity Spelling Bee, Red Carpet Bay AreaReading Partners’ Annual Bay Area Celebrity Spelling Bee

A unique event that raises funds and awareness for Reading Partners’ one-on-one reading tutoring program that supports 2,700 students in 52 reading centers across the greater Bay Area. This year’s theme is “Literacy and Leaders in Innovation.” Spelling Bee guests enjoy a cocktail hour with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres followed by an onstage spelling competition between five teams—each composed of a leader of innovation and a corporate sponsor. All funds directly support Reading Partners’ one-on-one literacy intervention program in San Francisco, the East Bay, and Silicon Valley.

About Reading Partners

Reading Partners empowers low-income elementary students to reach their full potential by ensuring they have the foundational reading skills necessary for academic, professional, and life success. To support this effort, Reading Partners recruits and trains community volunteers to provide individualized instruction to struggling readers in local Title I elementary schools.

California Prize for Service and the Common Good @ USF Campus
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
California Prize for Service and the Common Good

Changemaker:Dr. Joseph E. Marshall Jr., Alive & Free, Changing the World for the Common Good

University of San Francisco will present its California Prize for Service and the Common Good to Alive & Free co-founder and executive director Dr. Joseph E. Marshall Jr. Join

Proceeds from the gala benefit the African American Scholars Project at USF.

ZooFest 2017 @ San Francisco Zoo & Gardens
Apr 28 @ 6:00 pm – 11:30 pm

ZooFest 2017ZooFest 2017: Call of the Wild Gala on Friday, April 28, is a delightful evening filled with dining and dancing at San Francisco Zoo and Gardens. This year’s event pays tribute to and Lynne and Marc Benioff for their impact on improving communities, both local and worldwide.

Proceeds from ZooFest support the San Francisco Zoological Society’s mission to connect people with wildlife while inspiring care for nature, and advancing conservation action. Every year, more than 900,000 people visit the SF Zoo, including 300,000 local school children. With help from more than 2,000 animals, the SF Zoo fosters curiosity, appreciation, and respect for nature.

ZooFest: Call of the Wild Event Chairs: Elizabeth and Jeff Minick

Animal-inspired cocktail attire encouraged; valet parking provided

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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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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!

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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