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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area Gala
"Mentoring Magic: Little Moments, Big Magic"
Join ABC7 News anchor Dan Ashley for some "Mentoring Magic," benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area! Proceeds support life-changing mentoring relationships for more than 1000 local youth each year.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is thrilled to announce our 2016 BBBSBA Gala & Auction at the world-renowned Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco, featuring Guest Speaker Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Celebrity Guest Sabin Lomac, Big Brother, former Little Brother, and Co-Founder of Cousins Maine Lobster (featured on ABC's "Shark Tank").
Taking place on Friday, April 22nd, the evening begins on the terrace, where you will sip cocktails while enjoying breathtaking views of the San Francisco waterfront. Then, continue inside, where you will enjoy a sumptuous three-course gourmet dinner and wine pairings prepared by world-class Four Seasons chefs all while enjoying a live auction, inspiring speakers, and exciting VIP experiences.
This stunning annual event raises funds that directly support over 1,000 life-changing mentoring relationships for children across the Bay Area each year. Supporting the Gala & Auction and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area is a wonderful chance to both network with and market to over 450 philanthropists and community leaders while creating amazing opportunities for our Bay Area youth.
Friday, April 22, 2016, 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Four Seasons, 757 Market Street, San Francisco
Join ABC7 News weather anchor Spencer Christian for an inspiring evening of young talent in music, art, and fashion. Proceeds help at-risk and foster youth in the Bay Area.
Guests will enjoy an elegant evening full of excitement and entertainment featuring youth musical performances, a fashion show, and a silent art auction. Win amazing prizes by buying keys to a treasure chest filled with exclusive items or bidding in a live auction. Also back by popular demand, Rocky Jay, a former foster youth, who will delight the audience with his musical talent. The Community Champion award will be presented to William J. Del Biaggio, Founding Chairman of the Heritage Bank of Commerce.
Unity Care offers a wide range of services benefiting at-risk and foster youth and their families throughout Northern California. Its signature program, founded in 1992, focuses on serving the housing needs of youth in foster care and beyond. The organization's mission has grown and expanded over the past two decades and, today, includes more than a dozen community-based, education and behavioral health programs, aiding approximately 5,500 underserved youth and families annually. Unity Care's programs exemplify its "Five Pillars of Success" philosophy: Housing, Education, Employment, Well-Being (physical, social, emotional and spiritual) and Unconditional Care (adult connection). Each program focuses on being successful and supportive while promoting accountability, honesty and fun.
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 6:00 p.m. to Midnight
Fairmont Hotel, 170 South Market Street, San Jose
Celebrate the Golden Anniversary of the Edgewood Fair at its auction gala, luncheon, and shopping festivities! Proceeds help Edgewood's long history of helping children and families get much needed behavioral health.
The two-day event at the Bently Reserve will celebrate Edgewood's 165th anniversary of helping thousands of Bay Area children, youth, and families who are struggling with mental health issues. On April 28, enjoy a Gala with three-course dinner, and live auction, followed the next day by a Fair Day luncheon and happy hour shopping.
Proceeds from the two-day event benefit Edgewood Center for Children and Families. Since 1967, the Edgewood Fair has raised over $7 million in vital funding for the children and families of Edgewood. Last year, the Fair raised much needed funds to support more than 7000 at-risk children and families in the Bay Area.
Started in 1851 as a refuge for Gold Rush orphans, Edgewood is now a nationally recognized, multifaceted agency that offers a broad range of services to help children and their families at home, in schools, and in the community. When high needs children and our most vulnerable youth require more comprehensive care than their family or school could provide, Edgewood helps them to heal and reconnect with a safe, loving family whenever possible.
April 28 and April 29, 2016
The Bently Reserve, 301 Battery Street, San Francisco
"March for Babies"
March of Dimes
Register today for "March for Babies!" Choose from several convenient Bay Area locations and help fund important research and programs for babies to begin healthy lives.
Right now, premature birth touches half a million babies and their families every year. Babies born too soon are more likely to die or have lifelong disabilities. 120,000 babies are born with serious birth defects every year. Every baby deserves someone in their corner. The March of Dimes is here for all babies - those born healthy and those that need help to survive and thrive.
Several walk locations are available in the Bay Area. Walk sites are available in San Francisco and in the East Bay on April 30th and in Silicon Valley on May 1st. Look for the ABC7 News team to help kick-off the morning programs. See below for specific locations. Program begins at 9:00 a.m.
The March of Dimes is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Founded in 1938, the March of Dimes funds programs of research, community services, education, and advocacy to save babies and in 2003 launched a campaign to address the increasing rate of premature birth.
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:00 a.m. SAN FRANCISCO: at Fort Mason's Great Meadow, 2 Marina Blvd Bay at Franklin.
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:00 a.m. PLEASANTON: at Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue.
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 9:00 a.m. SAN JOSE: at History Park San Jose, 1650 Senter Road.
Road to Recovery 5k
Center for Open Recovery
Enjoy a family-friendly 5k, and celebrate those who are in recovery from addiction at Road to Recovery! Register today for a team, or join a group!
It's a community celebration of those in recovery and a day of health and wellness for everyone who supports recovery from addiction. Sign up for the run and stick around the finish line for inspiration, food, friends, music, and more! The event will begin at 9:00am with a 5K walk or run (wheelchair and stroller accessible) along a course at Crissy Field - to the Golden Gate Bridge and back, followed by a celebration on the grass in a "Recovery Village" filled with music, healthy refreshments, art projects, yoga and more.
Help pave the path to long-term recovery. Center for Open Recovery (COR) champions long-term recovery to end the stigma of addiction. Founded in 1957 as The National Council on Alcoholism and other Drug Addiction (NCADABA), the organization served the region through its advocacy, educational program, collaboration and direct services. With peer to peer resources and other capable direct-service providers treating people's addictions, COR has responded to the void in programs, policies, and education that are focused on sustaining long-term recovery and thus evolved its mission, purpose and name. COR envisions a world where there is freedom from addiction.
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Crissy Field, San Francisco
Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) San Mateo
28th Annual Awards Gala
Look for ABC7's own David Louie and Vic Lee at OCA San Mateo's Annual Awards Gala.
The Gala dinner is OCA San Mateo's major fundraiser for its high school senior academic scholarships, chapter internships, and Speak and Lead with Pride Program. These are workshops designed to improve local high school students' public speaking and leadership skills.
Established in 1987, the OCA San Mateo Chapter is one of four chapters in the Bay Area and one of seven in California. OCA is a national nonprofit nonpartisan, civil rights advocacy and educational organization dedicated to embracing the hopes and aspirations and advancing the social, political and economic well-being of Americans of Chinese and Asian descent.
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Dominic's at Oyster Point, 360 Oyster Point Blvd., South San Francisco
FOG Design+Art Fair
Explore modern and contemporary design, architecture, and art at the FOG Design+Art fair, a benefit for San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The four-day celebration includes a dynamic lineup of presentations, discussions, movie screenings and more!
During these four days in January, San Francisco becomes the epicenter of art and design, celebrating modern art, architecture, technology and design, with dynamic exhibits, custom installations, pop-up galleries, as well as presentations and discussions on topics ranging from famed art collector Peggy Guggenheim to Northern California's woodworking renaissance in the 1970s, art collecting, the San Francisco design and art scene and more.
A diverse array of artists, designers, and dealers will participate in the fair's lively schedule of special preview events, panel discussion and conversations, and performances.
FOG Design+Art will feature over 40 prominent 20th century and contemporary art and design dealers from the Bay Area and beyond, including the return of Stanlee Gatti's iconic 21POP installation-titled "Cut it Out" for this year's fair-pop-up culinary experiences from Cotogna and Jane and a lineup of presentations, lectures and engaging discussions with leaders in the design and art worlds. The fair kicks off with a preview gala benefiting the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) that will give guests the opportunity for a first look at the fair's offerings before it officially opens to the public. Reflecting the inventive spirit of the San Francisco Bay Area, this year's FOG Design+Art will honor Instagram co-founders Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom at the Innovators Luncheon on Thursday, January 14, with design writer and sociologist Sarah Thornton as special guest speaker.
Founded in 1935 as the first West Coast museum devoted to modern and contemporary art, SFMOMA is reaching the final phase of a major expansion. The new SFMOMA will open on May 14, 2016. The proceeds from the FOG Preview Gala and fair support SFMOMA's innovative exhibitions and education programs -- programs that serve more than 55,000 students, teachers and families each year. For more information about SFMOMA and its expansion project, visit sfmoma.org.
Tickets for the FOG Design+Art fair are $20 at fogfair.com and $25 at the door.
January 13 (Special Preview Gala)
January 14 to 17
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd., San Francisco
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Day of Service
January 18 honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., who devoted his life to service. Go to www.MLKDay.gov to find out how you can volunteer on this day and beyond!
Dr. King devoted his life to equality, social justice, economic advancement and opportunity for all. He challenged us to build a more perfect union and taught us that everyone has a role to play in making America stronger. Dr. King consistently said life's most persistent and urgent question was, "What are you doing for others?"
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