ABC7 San Francisco news anchor Dan Ashley returned to the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek with his yearly fundraiser for Court Appointed Special Advocates, Friends of Camp Concord, and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Always a star-studded event (Cheap Trick and Melissa Etheridge have performed in the past), the 2019 extravaganza featured “Lady Marmalade” singer Patti LaBelle.
Berkeley-based Bay Area Children’s Theatre hosted author Chelsea Clinton and illustrator Alexandra Boiger at a special staging of the theatrical adaptation of their best-selling book, She Persisted. The evening also celebrated the company’s Dare to Dream Fund, which provides vital resources to expand the horizons of children and families.
A night of Gatsby-esque elegance led to equally extravagant giving at Yours
Humanly’s Gift of Schooling Gala at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville. The event and its 200 attendees raised more than $90,000 to benefit the nonprofit’s programs, including those focused on aiding low-income children throughout the Bay Area.
The Women’s Artistic Alliance—a powerhouse of philanthropic leaders looking to improve our community through the arts—feted its one-year anniversary with a reception and private performance by country singer-songwriter and Bay Area native Mark Mackay at Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts.
At its annual gala, Orinda’s California Shakespeare Theater raised money to support its artistic-engagement and learning programs and honored five individuals—from inspirational artists to devoted community partners—who serve as luminaries in the theatrical world and beyond. This year, the Guiding Star Award was given to the CEO of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Deborah Cullinan.
Underserved children, military personnel, first responders, and sports stars enjoyed a magical night in San Francisco’s Oracle Park at this fundraiser for the Wender Weis Foundation for Children, which helps kids in need. Ex-Giant Hunter Pence and his wife, Lexi, were honored with the Inspiration Award for their charitable work with No Kid Hungry.
With this annual bash at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation raises funds to save dogs and cats who have run out of time at public shelters. Headlining the furtastic evening were Grammy Award winners Bruce Hornsby and Christian McBride; other performers included the Grammy-nominated Robb Flynn and friends, Sven and the Masterful Majestic Orchestra, and comedian Tom Cotter.
Nearly 400 guests—among them nine debutantes—attended the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Hill Branch’s 61st Winter Ball. Proceeds from the event will support the Transport Isolette, a specialized, movable NICU unit that transports premature and critically ill infants from all over Northern California to Children’s Hospital Oakland for care.
Hundreds of employees at CSAA Insurance Group joined staff from Assemblyman Tim Grayson’s district office in Concord to volunteer for a day at Danville-based The Crayon Initiative. The national nonprofit recycles used and unwanted crayons to reduce waste and enrich the lives of hospitalized children through art and imagination.
San Ramon’s Paws in Need organization is dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in the Tri-Valley with its programs, such as financial assistance for one-time emergency veterinary care and spraying and neutering. The winter fundraiser at the Shrine Event Center in Livermore included dinner, games, raffle baskets, and an auction.
Diablo magazine recognized outstanding volunteerism at the Threads of Hope gala at the Orinda Theatre. The annual event saw five local heroes receive awards for their tireless efforts to better the community, from teaching tai chi to cancer patients to representing LGBTQ+ immigrants applying for asylum.