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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
Susan G. Komen SF Bay Area
Race for the Cure
Join thousands from around the Bay Area for Susan G. Komen SF Bay Area "Race for the Cure," and help our low-income, under-insured, and uninsured with critical breast health support.
The SF Bay Area Race for the Cure begins and ends at Justin Herman Plaza and runs along the Embarcadero in San Francisco. The event is designed to accommodate walkers and runners of all abilities, so you may walk, run, stroll, skip, or move however you might like!
While fundraising is not a requirement, your donations help provide local women and men life-saving programs that include: free mammograms and diagnostics; medical treatment for qualified breast cancer patients who cannot afford care (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation); support services (support groups, help with finding financial resources, prescription refills, and transportation to medical appointments); education (warning signs of breast cancer, early detection, treatment options); and research for a cure.
The Race for the Cure series is the largest series of 5K runs/fitness walks in the world, raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.
Komen SF Bay Area is an independent 501c3 with strong roots and community ties right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. With the help of donors, volunteers and sponsors, Komen SF Bay Area helps to meet the health needs of low income, under-insured and uninsured women and men in the SF Bay Area. We do this by reinvesting 75% of the net funds generously donated to our affiliate back into the community, based on a needs assessment that identifies the breast health needs in the 9 Bay Area Counties. The remaining 25% of net funds raised goes towards research to find the causes and cures for breast cancer.
Sunday, September 28, 7:30am Registration, 8:30am Warm Up
Start/Finish Line: Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco
Hep B Free Gala
Did you know that the San Francisco Bay Area has the highest rates of liver cancer in the nation?
Hepatitis B is the most common cause of liver cancer among Asians and Pacific Islanders.
Hep B is a vaccine-preventable disease, and we need your help to make sure everyone gets tested!
Join us at the 7th Annual Hep B Free Gala and learn more about the campaign to make San Francisco the first city to be Hepatitis B free! Look for Rick Quan and Fiona Ma to MC the evening's program, as well as ABC7's own Alan Wang!
San Francisco Hep B Free is a citywide campaign to turn San Francisco into the first hepatitis B free city in the nation. This unprecedented campaign will provide free and low-cost hepatitis B testing and vaccinations to Asian and Pacific Islander (API) adults at locations throughout San Francisco.
Wednesday, October 8, 6 p.m.
InterContinental Hotel, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. (TNDC)
Celebrity Pool Toss
See local celebrities get "soaked" for a great cause at San Francisco's splashiest soiree, the TNDC Pool Toss! It's hailed a the Pool Party of the Year, returning to the ultra-cool Phoenix Hotel/Chambers Eat + Drink pool.
This year's Pool Toss will be co-hosted by comedian/writer/TV and radio host Brian Copeland and Emmy Award-winning TV host and reporter Lizzie Bermudez. The evening festivities includes hosted bar and tasty tidbits form some of the Bay Area's favorite restaurants, entertainment by The Fabulous Bud E. Luv Show, high energy auctioneer from Bonham's, and lifeguard support from FitnessSF.
Over the past 22 years, the annual TNDC Celebrity Pool Toss has raised nearly $4 million for TNDC's youth and family programs in San Francisco's Tenderloin and nearby neighborhoods.
TNDC mission it to provide affordable housing and services for low-income people in the Tenderloin and throughout San Francisco, to promote equitable access to opportunity and resources. With 33 buildings in five San Francisco neighborhoods, TNDC provides homes and support services to nearly 3,400 low-income seniors, families, people with disabilities, emancipated youth, and formerly homeless individuals. With a focus on community development, our work includes on-site social work services to help tenants stay housed, an after-school program for working families, and a community organizing program that encourages all community members to get involved and make a positive impact in their neighborhoods.
Tickets are $125 each.
Wednesday, October 8, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy Street (at Larkin), San Francisco
Wine + Design Gala
Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
Look for ABC7's Ama Daetz at the Wine + Design Gala, benefiting Support for Families of Children with Disabilities. The Gala raises funds to provide information, education, and peer support services for families of children with any kind of special need. Guests are invited to enjoy a hosted bar and dinner and have a chance to bid on unique items and experiences at the live and silent auctions. Oakland's The John Brothers Piano Company will provide music for toe-tapping and dancing in a style that the SF Chronicle has described as evoking the "honky-tonk ghosts of the Barbary Coast." Support for Families will also recognize extraordinary service to children and families with awards to the employees of Morgan Stanley and to the Mission Neighborhood Health Center.
Since 1982, Support for Families has provided a range of services that create a supportive community of families and prepare parents to be effective advocates for their children who have special needs.
Tickets $150 each
Friday, October 10, 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
San Francisco Design Center Galleria, 101 Henry Adams Street, San Francisco
Admission is FREE to the largest sandcastle-building contest in Northern California. This year's theme, "Food, Glorious Food," will inspire an array of one-of-a-kind creations in approximately 30 - 400-square-foot plots. The Sandcastle Contest is Leap's major fundraising event. The contest is open to the public and supported by the local building industry, including architects, designers, engineers, and contractors who come together to support arts education in Bay Area schools. These professionals will join students from local elementary schools in a collaborative attempt to reshape Mother Nature and push the limits of creativity. Leap's goal is to raise $300,000 to deepen our impact on over 7,000 elementary school students this year. Since 1979, Leap has provided arts education for schools that are unable to offer it to their students directly. Leap's programs help children develop valuable skills that are essential for success in the 21st century: creative problem solving, critical thinking, and self-confidence.
Saturday, October 11, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ocean Beach, adjacent to the Great Highway between Balboa & Fulton, San Francisco
Girls Inc. of the Island City
50th Anniversary Gala
Join ABC7's Leyla Gulen and Girls Inc. of the Island City for an elegant evening to celebrate 50 years of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold!
This year's theme, "We are the Future," is a celebration in honor of our 50th anniversary and lives we have changed and are transforming now for the future. This theme echoes the overall theme of "Inspiring Girls to Create Bold Futures." The evening honors the legacy of selfless giving and 50 years of service to the community and families of Alameda and the lives our programming has influenced beyond. The festivities begins with complimentary wine, hors d'oeuvres, and unique silent auction items for the discerning bidder, followed by a delectable assortment of Persian-inspired selections and fine wines, accompanied by performances from a live band adorning the glass open space with sound and elegance.
Saturday, October 11, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Faz Restaurant, 1111 Broadway Street, Oakland
MoAD 2.0: Shared Journeys
Museum of the African Diaspora
Join ABC7's Carolyn Tyler for a magical evening of dinner, entertainment, and a special program celebrating the grand re-opening of the Museum of the African Diaspora!
Also on the program: cocktails, dancing, and a presentation honoring Linda Dunham (Chairman, Ronald McDonald House Charities), Randall Kline (Founder, SFJAZZ), Richard Mayhew (World-Renowned Artist), and Anna Deavere Smith (Award Winning Actress).
Proceeds from the Gala go to support MoAD's mission. MoAD seeks to build a deeper understanding of the African diaspora through art, programs, and events that cultivate wonder and excitement about the ways in which our personal histories are all connected.
Currently closed for renovation and reinvention this Summer, MoAD has been taking our programs to various locations throughout the Bay Area. Our refreshed look and expanded exhibit space will give MoAD the capacity to grow our community, educational and outreach programs.
The museum reopens to the public October 7. Join us for our exciting opening week festivities!
October 11: 6 p.m. VIP Reception, 7 p.m. Gala
Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco
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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