Holiday Heroes 2009

U.S. Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi and her husband, NHL great, Bret Hedican, 49ers Patrick WillisVernon Davis and Brian Jennings, Oakland Raiders Jon Alston and Chris Morris, San Francisco Giant Brian Wilson and former Giant Tyler Walker and San Jose Earthquakes Joe CannonChris Leitch and Ryan Johnson, were among the local sports stars who showed up to party with 200 underprivileged children and their families at the Wender Weis Foundation for Children’s Holiday Heroes event on December 7, 2009.  The Officers Club in San Francisco’s Presidio turned into a winter wonderland with Beach Blanket Babylon performers, carolers, face painters, video games and stocking makers.

Event chairs Stacey Caen and Christopher Caen, Susan Solinsky Duryea and Paul Duryea, Lori Puccinelli Stern and Peter Stern and Trish Loucks and Charlie Loucks reached out to their peers for support and over 400 came and donated. This year marked the 13th annual fundraiser for the Wender Weis Foundation for Children, a nonprofit that serves at-risk kids through local sports and arts programs. 2009 also marked the premier of the Holiday Heroes event, formerly Halloween Heroes held in October.

Scenes from Holiday Heroes 2009:

Photos by Drew Altizer Photography

— Related: Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of more Wender Weis Foundation for Children events: