Gala benefits special women's shelter

About Raphael House

Raphael House is dedicated to helping at-risk children and their families achieve stable housing and financial independence, while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity.

Established in 1971 as the first shelter in San Francisco for homeless families, today Raphael House has a dedicated staff and Board of Directors from the local community, along with a small core of live-in staff who are Orthodox Christian. No religious obligations are placed on the families we serve. Raphael House relies solely on private sources to meet its annual budget. Support is received from individuals, businesses and corporations, foundations, church groups, and civic organizations that are committed to promoting stability for at-risk families. We do not seek or accept federal, state, or municipal government funding.

By enlisting the support of the community for our work, Raphael House sets in motion a cycle of renewal. We have sheltered more than 17,000 children and their parents through the assistance of more than 12,000 individuals who have invested financial and volunteer support to assist Raphael House.

Raphael House is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

For more information, call (415) 474-4621, visit or email

About the gala

On May 8, the annual Raphael House Benefit Gala will commemorate 36 years of service in the Bay Area. Guests will be whisked away to a Moroccan paradise at the Four Seasons, created by event master Robert Fountain. The Gala will begin with a cocktail and champagne reception and silent auction, followed by delectable cuisine and the live auction, including "celebrity chef" dinners. A special drawing will send one lucky winner and a guest to any destination in Europe, courtesy of Lufthansa. Last year, proceeds from the Gala contributed 18 percent to Raphael House's total revenue!

Where: Four Seasons, San Francisco

When: Thursday, May 8, 2008
Cocktail and Champagne Reception at 6:00
Dinner and Dancing at 7:30

Attendees will dance the night away to the iconic sounds, vibrant costumes and synchronized moves of Napata and the Kisses

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Tickets start at $260

Proceeds from the Gala make up more than 20 percent of the total operating budget for Raphael House.

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