Red Carpet Bay Area is created by MBL Media Productions, an Emmy Award winning full-service digital communications, event planning, and video production company.

4th Annual Wine Stroll Benefit for Bill Wilson Center @ Santana Row
Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

4th Annual Wine Stroll Benefit for Bill Wilson CenterThe 4th Annual Wine Stroll and Silent Auction to benefit Bill Wilson Center

Bill Wilson Center provides services to more than 6,300 homeless youth, foster youth, and families in Santa Clara County. Our programs focus on housing, education, counseling, and advocacy. We are committed to working with the community to ensure that every youth has access to the range of services needed to grow to be healthy and self-sufficient adults. Bill Wilson Center has been providing services to runaway and homeless youth since 1973.

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

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

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

 — Related — Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of past San Francisco Symphony Opening Night Gala events:


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