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Symphonix Opening Gala Preview Held at Decorator’s Showcase Home

Symphonix hosted an Opening Gala Preview event at this year's Decorator Showcase home in Pacific Heights. San Francisco Symphony Artistic Administrator, Michael Bartlett, Associate Conductor, James Gaffigan, and first chair violinist, Melissa Kleinbart answered questions regarding this year's Opening Night Gala repertoire on September 3rd.


Eric Hankinson, Krista Mitzel Hankinson, Dennis Agnos, Erik Noland

Michael Horwitz, Cameron Phleger

Prada Flagship Opens in Union Square

On Tuesday, July 22 Prada unveiled its new Union Square flagship to a packed crowd, including Mayor Gavin Newsom, Vanessa Getty and Sloan Barnett. The event featured an original menu designed by Thomas Keller and music by DJ Jeffery Tonnesen from New York’s The Box nightclub.


OJ Shansby, Graziano DeBoni


Norah Stone, Thomas Keller

Third Annual Dress for Success Gala

On Thursday, July 17, Dress for Success San Francisco celebrated its third year serving the local community with a gala fundraiser. This year’s event at the Bently Reserve featured local jazz legend Paula West along with fashion and design expert Nick Verreos from Project Runway’s second season. Guests sampled food from the city’s finest restaurants, wine from local vintners and both a live and silent auction.


Beth Schnitzer, Andrew Freeman, Shannon Dean (Gala co-chairs)

Festival del Sole Luncheon Honors Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele of Chopard

Maria Manetti Farrow hosted pre-luncheon cocktails at her private Villa Mille Rose Estate in Napa to honor Chopard Co-President and artistic director Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele for her Festival del Sole grapevine motif jewelry design. The earrings and necklace suite, which Ms. Farrow wore to the soiree, is made of rose gold, colorful diamonds and briolette gemstones. Guests included Chopard President Marc Hruschka, Tatiana Sorokko, Prince Sultan Abdul Aziz and many more.

 
Muni Fry, Dorothy Torresi

Stonescape's Second Annual Summer Celebration

The first thing I think of when I see the words "pool party" on an invitation is, How can I politely get out of the being-in-the-pool part? I don't even know where my swimsuit is--being fair-skinned and generally heat-averse, I steer clear of sunbathing whenever possible. (That being one of the points, for me, of living in SF.)

Michael Mina’s Clock Bar Opens at the Westin St. Francis in Union Square

On Tuesday, July 15, Clock Bar opened its doors in Union Square’s Westin St. Francis hotel. Celebrating the classic American bar and the art of drink making, chef Michael Mina’s first lounge offers specialty cocktails with small plate food pairings highlighting seasonal ingredients and trends. Guests sampled Sidecars and Americanos poured by Marco Dionysos (formerly of Tres Agaves) while nibbling on mussels and truffle popcorn. The sleek bar was designed by the renowned Rockwell Group, and the décor comes complete with ticker clocks displaying the time in New York, Rome, Tokyo, San Francisco, Paris and Chicago.

The Clift Hosts a Private Preview of the New Rolling Stones Exhibit

On Thursday, July 10, the Clift hotel hosted an exclusive preview of “Beggars to Exiles: Unseen Photographs of the Rolling Stones, 1966-1971,” a new exhibit at the San Francisco Art Exchange. Guests enjoyed a sneak peek at previously unseen and rare portraits of the band and had the unique opportunity to meet Stones’ photographer Dominique Tarle and Medium actor Jake Weber.


Theron Kabrich, Sheila Ash

Annual Nordstrom Fall Preview Benefits Raphael House

On Wednesday, July 9, models walked the runway for Nordstrom’s Annual Designer Preview at the Herbst Pavilion. Guests enjoyed a sneak peek of fall collections by such fashion icons as Bill Blass, Burberry Prorsum, Stella McCartney, Michael Kors, Derek Lam, Donna Karan, Peter Som, Valentino, Vera Wang and Versace. Attendees sipped cocktails and sampled hors d’oeuvres while shopping for the night’s featured looks at a special on-site boutique. Ticket proceeds were donated to Raphael House, a San Francisco nonprofit for homeless families seeking help.


Claire Spaht, Kris Anthony

WildAid Celebrates Bo Derek’s Work with Peter Knights

On Thursday, June 26, guests joined Laney and Pasha Thornton at their San Francisco home to toast actress Bo Derek and celebrate her work with Peter Knights of WildAid. The celebrity-endorsed Bay Area nonprofit is dedicated to protecting endangered species in developing countries and ending the illegal wildlife trade.


Lydia Mondavi, Gillian Shenon


Steve Morgan, Mattie Morgan

San Francisco Zoo Fur Ball 2008

On Saturday, June 28, young professionals gathered for the annual Fur Ball hosted by the San Francisco Zoo and Zoo II. VIP guests were treated to a private tour of the zoo, which entailed a behind-the-scenes visit with lions and new baby tiger cubs. The magical night also included cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music by Night Fever and an auction benefiting the zoo’s efforts.


Liz Geddes, Ryan Wilson
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