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Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge
Friends of Faith, Inc.
Look for ABC7's own Carolyn Tyler, Cheryl Jennings and Dan Ashley at the Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge, August 23, at Lake Merritt in Oakland!
Some of the Bay Area's best-known media women are teaming up with the Friends of Faith Fancher for this event. The 5k walk and fun run around Oakland's Lake Merritt raises funds to help Bay Area women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Back by popular demand, Dan Ashley's rock band PUSH! will perform during the pre- and post-Walk program! There will also be exhibit booths and great raffle prizes including an iPad Air, 10th Anniversary Quilt, Mexico timeshare, and more.
The 10th Annual Faith Fancher Breast Cancer Challenge is a 5k Walk/Fun Run for the entire family. The course kicks off at 10 a.m. in the Gazebo adjacent to Children's Fairyland and circles Oakland's scenic Lake Merritt.
Friends of Faith was founded in 1997 by the late Faith Fancher after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. FOF is dedicated to fighting the breast cancer epidemic by providing funds to local organizations offering direct assistance to under-served and under-insured women with breast cancer.
Registration minimum: $45
August 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lake Merritt, 699 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland
"Help is on the Way" 20th Anniversary Gala & Concert
Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation
Celebrate 20 years of providing hope at "Help is on the Way," a dazzling benefit concert with stars from the stage and screen! Go to www.richmondermet.org to see the amazing cast!
Primary beneficiaries include Abzyme Research Foundation, Aguilas, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and Positive Resource Center.
"Help is on the Way" is Northern California's largest annual AIDS benefit concert. It's an elegant evening of fun, designed to raise funds for Bay Area AIDS Service provider agencies. An extensive silent auction will be on-site until the end of intermission!
The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation (REAF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Arts/AIDS organization dedicated to raising funds for AIDS service organizations in the Bay Area through the production of quality entertainment programs. REAF was founded by two mothers, Barbara Richmond and Peggy Ermet, who lost their only sons to AIDS, as a way to honor their sons' memories and help alleviate the suffering of all the other sons and daughters living with HIV and AIDS.
Tickets: $150+ Underwriter (pre- and post-concert gala reception); $125 Gala (pre-concert reception); $65 Performance only. 100% of your ticket price goes directly to the beneficiaries with the help of our corporate sponsors.
Sunday, August 24, 7:30 p.m.
Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
Day in the Park
Taylor Family Foundation
Enjoy a beautiful day of music, gourmet food and wine tastings, and a fantastic auction at "Day in the Park." Look for ABC7's Cheryl Jennings and other celebrity guests at this fundraiser for a camp to help children with life-threatening diseases and disabilities.
This premier epicurean event features incomparable silent and live auctions and an unforgettable tour of the camp. Your contribution, big or small, plays an integral role in the lives of our campers and their families.
With your help, we have impacted the lives of more than 45,000 children and 80,000 families by providing program support respite and unique camp opportunities.
The Taylor Family Foundation (TTFF), a public non-profit organization, was formed in 1991 by Elaine and Barry Taylor to preserve the wellness of children. The Foundation raises money to support programs for children in Northern California with life-threatening illnesses and disabilities. The foundation has helped thousands of children who suffer from skin, heart disease, Crohn's, autism, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases by providing medical care, psychological support and summer camp experience.
Tickets: $200 each; $2500 table of 10.
Sunday, August 24, 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Camp Arroyo, 5555 Arroyo Road, Livermore
CAAMFest San Jose
Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)
Celebrate Asian American film, music, and food at CAAMFest San Jose, September 4 to 7! The festival brings four days of highly anticipated film premieres, conversations with celebrated media makers, and lively parties.
Celebrating its 12th year in San Jose, CAAMFest San Jose presents films and events reflecting the impact and influence of Asian Americans in Silicon Valley and their continuous innovation in technology, arts and culture, media, and community.
"We are so excited to bring together stories that reflect relevant and authentic portrayals of Asian Americans and the Asian diaspora. San Jose is home to the nation's fourth largest Asian population and CAAM recognizes that this community is fueling the dynamic growth of the region's business, civic and cultural life," says Stephen Gong, Executive Director at CAAM. "CAAMFest San Jose is the perfect vehicle to highlight how Asian Americans are creating the future of Silicon Valley."
Program highlights include Opening Night Film: Meet the Patels, on Friday, September 5, at 7pm, at Camera 3 Cinema in downtown San Jose, followed by Opening Night Party at 9pm at the San Jose Museum of Art. At the Centerpiece is American Dreams in China, which has been highly praised as the "Chinese Social Network." Closing Night Film is 27C Loaf Rocks, a mouth-watering foodie flick based on Taiwan's master baker Wu Pao-Chun. Also on the schedule is a special screening of Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice, about the Japanese American icon and civil rights activist who passed away in June.
Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. CAAM does this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.
September 4 to 7
Various locations in San Jose
Hard Hat Walk & Lights On Festival
UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay
Join UCSF Medical Center for the Hard Hat Walk around Mission Bay and AT&T Park! At the finish line, enjoy a spectacular show at the Lights On Festival surrounding the new hospitals!
Beginning with the interactive 5k Hard Hat Walk, event participants will wind their way along the waterfront of Mission Bay and AT&T Park with snack stations, rest stops and entertainment along the route.
At the finish line, participants will enter the Lights On Festival - a high energy party featuring food and beverages from some of San Francisco's best restaurants, while enjoying top-tier entertainment. As the sun sets, UCSF will stage a spectacular, state-of-the-art light show surrounding the new Medical Center hospitals!
By participating and fundraising for the Hard Hat Walk, you are directly contributing to the life-saving work that happens at UCSF Medical Center every day. Walk with us to celebrate and support the patients, families, staff and philanthropists that are making the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay a reality!
Start or join a team today to begin collecting sponsor pledges to help the children, women, and families the medical center will serve. Registration: $25 Walk only, $100 Walk + Lights On Festival, $100 Lights On Festival only.
Saturday, September 6, 3:30PM Check-in; 5:30PM Walk begins
3rd Street, UCSF Mission Bay, San Francisco
Paws in the Park
Valley Humane Society
Bring together your friends and family for Paws in the Park, and support Valley Humane Society's life-saving work for dogs and cats!
Our goal for this fourth annual dog walk-a-thon and animal festival is to raise $50,000. Every dollar of pledge money raised goes directly to support the animals at our nonprofit, volunteer-based, no-kill shelter. By participating in Paws in the Park you will be part of an integral fundraising event for Valley Humane Society.
The walk is a about a mile long around beautiful Amador Valley Community Park in Pleasanton. All dogs must be on non-retracting leashes and up to date on shots. We invite you and your family to get out and be active with your pet for Paws in the Park, not only on September 28, 2014 but every day! Walking is a great way to bond with your pet, get your heart pumping and raise money to help the homeless animals of the Tri Valley.
Valley Humane Society (VHS) has been improving the lives of companion animals in our community since 1987. As advocates for responsible pet ownership, VHS seeks to provide educational outreach and collaborative programs that enrich the bond between people and companion animals and eliminate unnecessary euthanasia. VHS offers dog and cat adoption, humane education presentations, Canine Comfort visits, and resources to help pet guardians.
Sunday, September 28
Amador Valley Community Park, Pleasanton
The Mexican Museum & University of San Francisco
Explore an iconic exhibition at University of San Francisco's Rooftop Sculpture Terrace! It's a collaboration of The Mexican Museum and USF's hacher Gallery and Masters in Museum Studies program.
Among the featured artists are Francisco Ziga, Felipe Castaeda, Jos Luis Cuevas, Jorge Duron, and Armando Amaya, most of whom studied at the acclaimed La Esmeralda in Mexico City. Their art presents female archetypes that strongly reference Mesoamerican forms. Also included are sculptures by Manuel Neri, Byron Galvez, and Gunther Gerzso, artists who formed abstract rather than realistic figures. Together, these sculptures offer a survey of 20th century Latin American sculpture that emanates from rich tradition and explores human emotion.
USF's recently-launched Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Museum Studies is designed for entry-level and emerging museum professionals as well as professionals from other fields wishing to pursue a career in the museum field. The program prepares its graduates for positions in leadership in artistic, cultural, educational, and heritage organizations, and for long-term professional growth.
Admission is free.
Through December 2014, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
USF Rooftop Sculpture Terrace
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