Wender Weis Foundation for Children gathered more than 500 children, 1,500 sponsors, Bay Area sports stars and A-list performers at AT&T Park for its eighth annual Holiday Heroes fundraiser on December 5, 2017.
San Francisco Giants Legend and Home Run King Barry Bonds received the fifth annual Inspiration Award for his positive impact on Bay Area children’s charities. San Francisco 49er players and alums Joe Staley, Solomon Thomas, Dennis Brown, and Eric Heitmann, Warriors alum Adonal Foyle, and San Jose Earthquakes Chris Wondolowski and Khari Stephenson were all on hand to sign autographs, decorate cookies, stuff teddy bears, and have fun with the children and their families.
Performances included Michael Franti in an acoustic solo set, cast members from Disney’s Aladdin, and Broadway actress Jenn Gambastese from School of Rock.
Scenes from Holiday Heroes with Barry Bonds and Michael Franti:
Holiday Heroes 2017 Beneficiaries: Do It for the Love Foundation, Fit Kids Foundation, Giants Community Fund, San Francisco 49ers Foundation, Warriors Community Foundation, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.
Photos by Susana Bates, Lucas Francisco and Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography
Video Credits: MBL Media Productions, Director of Photography Mark Hamburg, edited by Joanna Hidalgo, written and produced by Marybeth La Motte