The Nob Hill Gazette celebrates the holiday season, focused, as ever, on philanthropy and worthy causes. It sponsored Shanti’s annual benefit last month and will sponsor the Saint Francis Foundation’s Hob Nob on the Hill in early December.
SHANTI’S ANNUAL BENEFIT
For the second year, Janet Reilly served as the sparkling Mistress of Ceremonies to 600 guests at Shanti’s 39th Annual Benefit on October 9, held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Producer and television host Liam Mayclem gaveled through a high-spirited live auction that included items to covet, such as the New York City package: airfare, hotel, Broadway show of choice, dinner, and seats at the Vera Wang fashion show. Mayclem himself donated a private culinary tour of our own fair city. Overall, the event raised more than $250,000. And, thanks to the underwriting sponsors—Nordstrom, the Honorable James C. Hormel, U.S. Ambassador, and Michael P. Nguyen—100 percent of the proceeds will go directly to Shanti’s client services.
Designer Ken Fulk co-chaired with Bahya Oumlil-Murad, publisher of San Francisco Philanthropist. Says Oumlil-Murad,“I am grateful for the opportunity to support Shanti. This is an unprecedented time for safety net services. Shanti is the one—the singular—organization that is there for men and women who are facing a life-threatening illness by themselves; people who have nobody else. Shanti sees the clients through, providing whatever they need and steering them in the right direction.” Says Fulk, “For once, I did not design the event. I am honored to just be a part of it, and to stand behind Shanti as an important community cause.”
Tributes and awards honoring community supporters who best embody Shanti’s values—compassion, diversity, inclusiveness, and service—were presented to Matt Dorsey and Jill Isenstadt.
Founded in 1974 by Dr. Charles Garfield, who serves as Clinical Professor of Psychology at UCSF’s School of Medicine, volunteer-based Shanti annually serves more than 2,000 men and women with breast cancer or HIV/AIDS. Shanti volunteers have tallied more than three million hours of care for their clients.
SAINT FRANCIS FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL HOB NOB
At the strike of 6 p.m. on Friday, December 6, the 25th annual, swellegant black tie event, Hob Nob on the Hill, will grace the holiday wonderland of The Fairmont Hotel. The evening begins with cocktails and entertainment on high, atop the hotel, in the princely Crown Room, with wrap-around city views. Guests will move to the burnished, French Provençal, and glittery chandeliered setting of the Gold Room for dinner—then back up to the Crown Room for an after party.
Fundraising diva Bella Farrow invented the first Hob Nob just after the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989. This year, awards for service and philanthropy will be presented in Bella’s name. Among the award recipients, Peter Musto will receive the Bella Farrow Award for 40 years of giving to the Saint Francis Foundation. Also to be honored are Dr. Hugh Vincent, Joan Watson, as well as Glide Memorial.
“Hob Nob will be over-the-top this year; we are making it very memorable,” enthuses Hob Nob host committee member, Laurie Firestone, former White House social secretary for the George W. Bush administration and Saint Francis Founda-tion board member. “I take the lessons in entertaining that I learned at the White House and make them applicable to good causes. At the White House, we used entertaining as a tool to accomplish a goal. There was always a purpose for entertaining. At Hob Nob, guests will have a fabulous time while supporting this most important community resource.”
Saint Francis annually provides more than $10 million in world-class medical care to those who have no access or ability to pay otherwise. Funds raised by Hob Nob support the Saint Francis community partners, which include St. Anthony’s, Glide Memorial, Mercy Housing, Conard House, the Tenderloin Station of the SFPD, and Rafael House. With these partners, the foundation makes the season bright for thousands of our city’s working families. Cheers to all, and to all a good time.
Tickets from $375 and up; individual after party tickets are $75. Go to https://hobnob2013.eventbrite.com/