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Clift's Red Party

photography by Heather Wiley and Drew Altizer

The Clift Hotel joined forces with the American Heart Association, throwing its annual RED party last Tuesday to raise awareness and funds for heart disease prevention and treatment.

Raphael House Gala

photography by Heather Wiley and Drew Altizer

The Raphael House Gala, held last week at the Four Seasons Hotel, commemorated the nonprofit's 35 years of service in the Bay Area. Proceeds from the gala comprise 15 percent of the budget for Raphael House, which works to secure shelter for the homeless.

The Modern Ball

photography by Heather Wiley and Drew Altizer

Last Wednesday, SFMOMA hosted the Modern Ball, which brought out a who's who of SF's arterati. The event included a lavish gala dinner and benefited the museum's exhibitions and public programs.

Zoofest Zoojungle

More than 500 people, including actors Tippi Hedren and Chris O’Donnell, flocked to the SF Zoo’s 37th annual fundraising gala, ZooFest ZooJungle. The event raised more than $600,000 for the Zoo’s wildlife, education and conservation programs.

Pac Heights Showcase

The 2007 SF Decorator Showcase recently held a gala allowing sponsors to preview the work of more than 35 leading Bay Area interior and landscape designers at 2901 Broadway in Pacific Heights. Public tours, which benefit SF University High School's financial aid program, run through May 28; for more information, go to

Coming Up Posen

Saks Fifth Avenue hosted a trunk show with fashion designer Zac Posen, a fave of celebrities such as Natalie Portman and Claire Danes, to benefit Children of Shelters.

Spinsters Soiree

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

The Spinsters of San Francisco threw its annual charity event, the Patron's Reception, at Mercedes-Benz of SF. More than 400 attendees joined in the night's festivities and raised $26,000-plus for R.O.C.K. (Real Options for City Kids).

Jazz Divas

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the W Hotel and Jazz Diet Pepsi hosted "The Lovely Ladies of Jazz" photo exhibit and live performance on Wednesday night. SF's own jazz diva Lavay Smith belted out some soul-satisfying tunes as folks perused Kareem Black's photographs featuring top female jazz performers amd benefiting the Jazz Foundation of America.

New Leaf Turning

New Leaf, which serves lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals along with their families, held its Spring Gala at the festive Teatro ZinZanni last week with celebrity guests comedienne Marga Gomez and singer/songwriter Mark Geigle as well as Katya Ludmilla Smirnoff-Skyy (accompanied by Trauma Flintstone) and Kielbasia (billed as "SF's favorite accordian playing lunch lady").

Wine Tasting Benefit

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

The SF Board hosted the Fourth Annual Wine Tasting Party to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The event was held at the home of Sean and Jennifer Jeffries, who own the Four Seasons.

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