Getting past 50 years is a lot to celebrate, whether it be in a marriage, age or a friendship, it is truly a golden occasion. But over 50 years of charity is more than just love and friendship. It’s about leadership, selflessness and passion. It’s something worth commemorating.
On July 26, 2014, GLIDE, one of San Francisco’s most loved and respected organizations is celebrating their 50th anniversary. The organization was founded by Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani several decades ago and under the current guidance and leadership of Co-Executive Directors Rita Shimmin, Kristen Growney Yamamoto and Pastor Karen Oliveto, GLIDE is now one of the leading organizations in the city that provides widespread and inclusive support services to the less privileged, aiding them to break the cycles of poverty, violence, addiction, dependency and low self-worth and fostering a sense of community.
GLIDE’s celebration comes in the form of A Love Supreme: The 5th Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala, at the Regency Ballroom. This black-tie event will celebrate GLIDE’s achievements over the years as well as honor notable individuals who have demonstrated their dedication to making a difference with awards such as the Cecil Williams Legacy Award (which was given to San Francisco 49er Ronnie Lott last year), the Janice Mirikitani Legacy Award (given to award-winning filmmaker Renel Brooks-Moon last year) and the Community Hero Award (given to World Champion SF Giant and humanitarian Andres Torres last year).
This year, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author Christopher Gardner will be awarded with the Cecil Williams Legacy Award. Growing up, Gardner lived among poverty, domestic violence, and sexual abuse, among other things. His autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness outlined his life in a new perspective, and has since been noted for being a New York Times #1 Best Seller as well as an adapted movie featuring Will Smith, which has garnered multiple awards and commendations including Academy Awards and Golden Globes. In addition, this year’s Janice Marikitani Legacy Award will go to Doniece Sandoval, a staunch advocate for the homeless and founder of Lava Mae, an organization which provides mobile showers and toilets to the homeless. The recipient of the 2014 Community Hero Award is so soon to be announced.
The Gala will serve as the perfect opportunity to mingle and network with rising young professionals and philanthropists, and will also feature music by DJ King Most, a live performance by the GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band and will be hosted by KQED‘s award-winning journalist Thuy Vu. There will of course also be refreshments – hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, provided by some of San Francisco’s most distinguished establishments.
In addition, in the days running up to the Gala, there will be an online auction of an array of items including a one-of-a-kind sports and lifestyle experience, food, wine and travel opportunities across the nation.
All proceeds of the auction and the Gala will benefit GLIDE and its initiatives to help the homeless and improve the lifestyles of those in need. Love, leadership and community. It’s a simple message, but it’s a powerful one.
Saturday July 26, 2014 from 7 p.m. – midnight
1300 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA, 94109
Please click here to purchase tickets.
$85 for General Admission
$150 for VIP (includes a meet and greet with GLIDE Founders, special access to VIP areas and premium access to specialty cocktails and small bites).