On Thursday February 18, 2016, the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation held their annual Hearts After Dark event, to support the initiatives of the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center as well as education and research initiatives.
The first Hearts After Dark event pioneered in 2004, and featured a city-wide public arts project in which 131 five-foot tall Heart Sculptures were commissioned by established and emerging artists and displayed around the city, before being auctioned and sold. All proceeds of the process went to supporting the SF General Hospital Foundation and its efforts to support the hospital, and since then the event has been a Bay Area tradition, having raised over $13 million between 2004 and 2015 through the artworks alone.
This year’s event featured 19 new Heart Sculptures, designed by notable and emerging artists such as Tracy Fetter, Celina Paul, Ilse Cardoni, Darnel Tasker and Dmitry Grudsky whose unique artistic styles represent the diverse landscape and communities the hospital serves. Select artworks from this year’s repertoire were also put on display in store windows at Neiman Marcus and Wilkes Bashford before the event, and some are being considered for display in Union Square.
The event was held in an elaborately decorated tend in AT&T Park and it brought together an audience of over 1,000 Bay Area professionals to enjoy live music, delicious Ghirardelli samples, and much more, right next to the center field.
The Hearts After Dark event is part of a larger series held by the Foundation every year which also includes the signature Heroes & Hearts luncheon event which honors local heroes for their efforts to enhancing and supporting their communities. This year’s events raised more than $1.6 million, and in total, the Hearts Signature Events and “Hearts in San Francisco” artwork have raised more than $14.6 million for the Foundation.