American Red Cross
A local posse of Bay Area restaurants are leaping to action to help Japan recover from Friday's earthquake, tsunami and devastating after effects. Twenty-seat La Lengua sushi spot, Ichi Sushi, was among the first to rally for the cause this past weekend, raising $550 for American Red Cross over the course of two nights. Now, a look at other San Francisco restaurants where you can help out by dining out.
It never quite hit home how invaluable the American Red Cross is until two close friends of mine had their apartment building burn down on Hyde Street in Nob Hill last fall due to some careless neighbors next door. The Red Cross took them in for a few nights, fed them and kept them sane. There are countless similar stories about the Red Cross to be told across the country, and there's no better time to honor the venerable organization at its annual Paint the Town Red gala in Union Square on April 16.
Ladies in red were the star of the annual SF fashion parade, otherwise known as the “Paint the Town Red” gala hosted by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter on Feb. 28 at City Hall. Co-chaired by gadabouts Roberta Economidis and Kelly Bryson Murphy, the sophisticated soiree, which raised $300,000, featured a live auction, three-course sit-down dinner (courtesy of McCall Associates), dessert buffets and dancing. Among the 450 guests, local fashion designers Cari Borja, Stephanie Verrieres and Kimie Sako turned out to support the cause, donating gowns they designed for the pre-dinner silent auction.