One-of-a-kind designer wreaths, some fine art curated by Stephanie Breitbard, live music, catering from McCall’s and 450 supporters joined to make Children of Shelters‘ 20th anniversary a success for local children in need. The annual Jingle and Mingle event at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio on December 3, 2015, raised nearly $325,000 for children living in San Francisco’s homeless shelters. The popular wreath auction featured one-of-a-kind creations from Bay Area interior designers and florists. The top seller a drum circle by Jen Kelly Wick of Restoration Hardware Teen, for $1,450. Of the 12 pieces of fine art, Jennifer Brandon‘s fetched the most, at $1,550.
Jingle and Mingle event co-chairs Shonaree Michael, Jessica Kaludis, Katie Spalding and Andrea Zola also hosted SantaFest, a children’s holiday party, at the Golden Gate Club, on December 5th. Children from sponsor families decorated nearly 200 gifts for less fortunate children, made holiday crafts with help from Sophie’s Stress Free Soirees and visited with Santa Claus. Later that day, Children of Shelters’ transported 150 families to the event for the festivities, gifts, and a holiday dinner, too.
Scenes from Jingle and Mingle 2015:
Nicole Lenihan, Maryam Muduroglu, Shreya Ramchandani
Drum circle designed by Jen Wick of Restoration Hardware Teen
Leigh Matthes, Summer Tompkins Walker
Kerry Honey, Courtney Murphy
Megan Rose, Adam P. Gale
Will Wick, Jeff Schlarb
Stephanie Plexico, Jessica Kaludis, Kate Sheridan Chung, Katherine Simon
Claudia Ross, Stefanie Roumeliotes, Ken Fulk, Tiffany Cummins
Shonaree Michael, Greg Michael
Katie Spalding, Andrea Zola
Grant Gibson, Monica Pauli
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography
— Related: Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of more Children of Shelters’ events