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KIPP Spelling Bee

KIPP (the Knowledge Is Power Program) had 10 student finalists face off in its second annual spelling bee championship, which was hosted at the Gap offices by the KIPP Bay Area Trustees—Gap, Inc. cofounders Doris and Donald Fisher are trustees. Attendees included SF District Attorney Kamala Harris, Oakland A's VP/GM Billy Beane and SF 49er Vernon Davis.

Don Fisher_Richard Barth Jason Singer_Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Bright Lights, Big City Ball

photography by Jessica Brandi Lifland for Drew Altizer

The SF chapter of national nonprofit Rebuilding Together held its ninth annual ball at the Bently Reserve. This year's theme was "Bright Lights, Big City." The party brought together 600-plus attendees who raised more than $90,000.

Back to School Lunch Awards

San Francisco School Volunteers hosted a "Back to School Lunch" at The Fairmont to honor standout volunteers in the city's public schools.

Ed & Betsy McDermott Raj & Soo Venkatesan Gavin Newsom_Judy Grossman

Rosario Hosts Voto Latino

photography by Heather Wiley and Drew Altizer

Actress Rosario Dawson hosted a swanky party with Mayor Gavin Newsom and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to launch Voto Latino's 2007 Bay Area pilot voter inspiration program called VL Voices at the Clift Hotel. Says Executive Director Maria Teresa Petersen, "Nothing is more critical to the 2008 election than enfranchising new Americans and San Franciscans understand this."

Dress for Success

"Success: You Wear It Well" was held at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel last Wednesday to benefit Dress for Success, a nonprofit promoting "the economic independence of disadvantaged women." Cocktails, live and silent auctions, and a special performance by Harry Denton's Sunday's a Drag girls rounded out the evening's events.

The Power of Choice

NARAL Pro-Choice America, the nation’s leading advocate of personal privacy and a woman’s right to choose, hosted the Power of Choice Luncheon—an event founded by Dagmar Dolby—at The Westin St. Francis. Speaker Nancy Pelosi acted as honorary chair while NARAL President Nancy Keenan went over her vision for the pro-choice movement.

Getty Party for Pelosi

The Getty family hosted a party last week for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.


Roselyne Swig, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi              George Marcus, Paul Pelosi

The Truth Is Out There

photography by Heather Wiley for Drew Altizer

INFORUM, which held an event last week, is a division of The Commonwealth Club (whose motto is "find truth and turn it loose") by and for people in their 20s and 30s, with a mission to inspire debate around civic issues. INFORUM has 2,500 members; its events are open to all.
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