Kristi Yamaguchi at the Raphael House Gala
Judy Davies, Erin Collier
Raphael House, San Francisco’s oldest and only privately funded shelter and services program dedicated to transitioning families beyond homelessness, held its 18th annual One Home, Many Hearts gala at the Palace Hotel on April 18, 2015. Gala co-chairs Melissa Koerner and Laura Larsen welcomed some 500 supporters and guests and raised over $550,000 for Raphael House.
The black-tie celebration included a benefit auction and dinner with entertainment from magician and illusionist Patrick Martin. After dinner, chanteuse Amanda King performed favorites from the American Songbook. Emmy-Award winning broadcast journalist Liam Mayclem served as master of ceremonies.
Scenes from the Raphael House One Home, Many Hearts gala at the Palace Hotel:
Charles Thieriot, Marissa Thieriot
Jessica Moment, Kate Smith
Ben Dibble, Julie Dibble
Burcu Garnier, Olivier Garnier
Jenna Ervice, Amanda King
Marybeth La Motte, Kimberlee Sharp Dutto
Jessica Moment, Patrick Martin, Lauren Eastman
Laura Larsen, Sloan Larsen, Susan Larsen, Neils Larsen
Benjamin Aune, Rick Dade, Victoria Dade, Wait Harris, Leslie Harris, Hooman Khalili
Melvin Lau, Josie Mai
Alessandro Barone, Anna Menyhart
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography
Since 1971, Raphael House has provided Bay Area families experiencing or at risk for homelessness the personalized family-centered solutions they need to build brighter futures. Raphael House is a privately funded and community-supported organization. With a spirit of warmth, compassion and kindness at its core, Raphael House serves each family uniquely with programs including residential shelter, career building and job placement, K-12 academic tutoring and mentoring, financial literacy workshops and social activities aimed at strengthening the family bond. Raphael House has served nearly 20,000 children and parents since opening its doors.
— Related: Red Carpet Bay Area coverage of the Raphael House Gala in 2016