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City Youth Now Spring Gala: A Night of Promise

Join some of San Francisco's most influential power players on May 9th at the Bently Reserve, when City Youth Now honors Supervisor Mark Farrell for his dedication to the lives of the city's youth.

Baccarat Reception for SF Zoological Society

Baccarat threw a reception honoring the founding members of The San Francisco Zoological Society Auxiliary, President Mindy Henderson and the Steering Committee for the upcoming Iced Dreams 2008 on September 17th.

Mindy Henderson, Alison Carlson

Mireille Schwartz (Chair), Joel Goodrich

This Old Bag Fundraiser Preview at the Clift Hotel

On Wednesday, August 6, guests attended a preview party for the fourth annual This Old Bag fundraiser auction benefiting the city’s Breast Cancer Emergency Fund. Celebrity and designer purses were on display in the Spanish Suite at the Clift hotel during this event hosted by Bella Farrow and Hilary Newsom Callan. Guests sampled appetizers provided by the Clift, specialty cupcakes from That Takes the Cake and beverages from J Vineyards and Pearl Vodka while perusing handbags autographed by such stars as Sharon Stone and Renee Fleming.

Emporio Armani Hosts Academy of Friends Season Kickoff

Guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails and shopping at the Academy of Friends 2008-2009 season kickoff on Thursday, August 7. The event, hosted by Emporio Armani at their Union Square location, helped raise money for AIDS organizations in the Bay Area. Attendees sampled drinks by SnowQueen Vodka and food from Armani Caffè.


Jeffrey Braff, Steven Helfand, Brad Vanderbilt

Oscar de la Renta Fashion Show Benefits the League to Save Lake Tahoe

On August 2, Oscar de la Renta presented his Resort 2009 Collection at an annual fashion show and luncheon benefiting the League to Save Lake Tahoe. Saks Fifth Avenue San Francisco sponsored the luxurious event hosted at the Fritz family home on the west shore.

Oscar de la Renta

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)

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

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

VIP Pink Party at Mecca

Pride 2008 started off with a bang at the VIP Pink Party at Mecca on Wednesday, June 25. The fabulous kick-off party and red carpet event featured complimentary cocktails and nibbles courtesy of Mecca and also doubled as a fundraiser for The Pursuit of Equality, a film by director Geoff Callan.

David Cohen, Joy Venturini Bianchi, Geoff Callan

John Marez, Julie Candace

The Cause Gallery Jewelry and Champagne Benefit

Photography by Stacy Cahill for Drew Altizer

On Thursday, June 5 the Cause Gallery held a “Jewelry and Champagne” fundraiser to benefit the impoverished street children of Bali, Indonesia. The event was hosted by Christy Feaver Designs, one of the creative forces behind the Cause Gallery, and featured a display the designer's unique jewelry.

Zev Zukerman, Rabbi Daniel Rabin

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