Greg Michael, Shonaree Michael, and Greg Labagh at Jingle & Mingle, Children of Shelters Designer Wreath Auction and Benefit
A wreath designed and donated by Sloan Interiors brought in $1,800 for Children of Shelters at Jingle & Mingle (photo courtesy Sloan Interiors)
Children of Shelters holiday events including Jingle & Mingle, a designer wreath auction and cocktail reception, and SantaFest, a day of fun for children and families, raised a record-breaking $340,000 for some 4,000 children living in San Francisco’s homeless shelters. The funds will be used to send 200 kids to summer camp, 50 children to San Francisco Recreation and Parks classes, eight youths to private schools, and to host 150 kids birthday celebrations.
On December 6, 2012, a capacity crowd of 600 supporters attended Jingle and Mingle at the Golden Gate Club in The Presidio. Forty-nine one-of-a-kind donated wreaths for auction were displayed in the alpine-lodge styled setting by Ken Fulk.
The next morning the club transformed for SantaFest! Children and their families decorated gingerbread houses, played games and breakfasted with Santa Claus. That afternoon, Children of Shelters brought 100 families from five local shelters to the club for a party and a special holiday dinner. Each child, from newborn to teen, went home with a gift.
Scenes from Jingle & Mingle and SantaFest:
Santa Claus listened to children’s wishes at SantaFest (photo: Jodi Carr, ArtParty)
Mrs. Claus, aka Summer Tompkins Walker and Children of Shelters co-president, with Mr. Claus (photo: Jodi Carr, ArtParty)
SantaFest Chair Kate Chung (left) with Jingle & Mingle Co-chairs Maryam Murduroglu and Jessica Kaludis
Vanessa Getty, Tatum Getty
Ken Fulk and Kurt Wootten with the St. Bernard in Fulk’s alpine lodge-styled photo booth
Abbi Adams, Annie Woods, Nicole Lenihan
A wreath designed and donated by Adam P. Gale Metalworks and Sculpture received the highest bid, $3,400, for Children of Shelters
Children of Shelters Board Member Meredith Levy with Alice Cahan
Children of Shelters Vice President Heidi Castelein with Jennifer Biederbeck
A wreath designed and donated by Moroso Construction and William Duff Architects received the second-highest bid, $3,000
Jingle and Mingle event photos by Drew Altizer Photography
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