More than 500 people gathered at the San Ramon Marriott for a day of networking and inspiring speeches from such dynamic influencers as former Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, two-time Olympic pentathlete Marilyn King, and trans youth advocate Molly Maxwell.
The Lamorinda nonprofit hosted its annual Holiday Boutique and Luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, where nearly 400 guests came to shop and dine in support of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and George Mark Children’s House. The event raised $200,000 for the two East Bay organizations.
The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation’s 10th annual New Orleans–themed gala offered a fun-filled evening of delicious Cajun cuisine, jazz, dancing, games, and live and silent auctions. Held at Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery in Pleasanton, the event benefited local cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment.
More than 100 women gathered at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek to celebrate the launch of Diablo Regional Arts Association’s (DRAA) Women’s Artistic Alliance. The inaugural charity event featured an array of performances by local actors.
California Shakespeare Theater honored Oakland-born playwright Marcus Gardley and four inspiring Bay Area luminaries at its annual Guiding Stars event. Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with raffles and games, a gourmet dinner, a live auction, and music at the Claremont Club and Spa in Berkeley, raising $400,000 to support the Orinda-based theater.
With ice luges, vodka-infused gummy bears, and more than 25 types of libations served, this spirited fundraiser at San Francisco’s Exploratorium celebrated the art and science of mixology. The soiree drew more than 1,000 guests who helped raise $120,000 for the museum’s education programs.
Contra Costa Interfaith Housing hosted its 10th annual Ruby Slippers: There’s No Place Like Home gala at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum, where guests dined, danced to tunes by David Martin’s House Party, and participated in auctions. The event raised $240,000, which will go toward permanent supportive housing for local homeless and at-risk individuals.
During the fourth annual Celebrate John Muir Health gala, more than 700 guests gathered at the Concord Jet Center and enjoyed wines from DuMol Winery, a gourmet dinner, dancing, and a live auction. The Hooray for Hollywood–themed party raised $1.7 million to support John Muir Health Emergency and Trauma Services.
Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation held its star-studded fundraiser at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. The band Chicago, Phantom of the Opera’s Franc D’Ambrosio, and East Bay native and country star Cam headlined the 27th annual show.
Contra Costa Oncology hosted a ’60s-inspired party at 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon in Lafayette, featuring bites and libations, a costume contest, and raffle prizes. Proceeds benefited Cancer Support Community.
San Francisco Giants legend Barry Bonds, Oakland Raiders guard Solomon Thomas, Golden State Warriors alum Adonal Foyle, and other Bay Area athletes gathered at AT&T Park for a family-friendly bash to benefit local children’s charities. Guests enjoyed musical performances, ballpark fare, face painting, and access to the batting cages and dugouts.