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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

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.

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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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, co-founded by current SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie in memory of his late father Art Lurie, provides free arts and athletics programming to children impacted by chronic illness in the greater San Francisco Bay and Los Angeles metropolitan areas.

CoachArt Children’s Benefit will honor Jim Lanzone, Chief Digital Officer of CBS Corporation and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Interactive, for his commitment to the organization. Attendees will include leaders in the worlds of entertainment, media, tech, and finance.
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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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.

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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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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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