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Samar Marwan is a San Francisco native who 'hella' loves exploring the city by the Bay. Her passions include food, dance, writing, and all things indie. Samar’s upbringing by refugee parents and frequent trips overseas became the root of her passion for human rights activism. She is currently a Communications student at San Francisco State University, working towards a career in broadcast and print media. She's on a mission to positively and dramatically impact the lives of six individuals. Follow her on Twitter @HellaSamar

Recap: 16th Annual eBay Auction for Lunch with Warren Buffett Countdown Celebration

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Janice Mirikitani and Rev. Cecil Williams (Photo Credit: GLIDE)

On Friday May 5, 2015, San Franciscans gathered at RN74 for the 16th Annual eBay Auction for Lunch with Warren Buffett Countdown Celebration. Each year a generous individual donates a bids a large sum to have lunch with seven guests and pick the mind […]

Recap: Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s 34th Annual Birthday Dinner

Cast of Beach Blanket Babylon (Photo Credit: TNDC)

Cheryl Jennings (Photo Credit: TNDC)

On May 12, 2015 the celebrated home, health and happiness at the TNDC’S 34th Annual Birthday hosted by ABC News anchor, Cheryl Jennings at the historic Westin Saint Francis Hotel. The organization works to elevate the living standards of those facing socioeconomic disadvantages through financial and social services.


Recap: Janice Mirikitani Birthday Celebration

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On February 10, 2015, San Francisco’s friends, family, and local leaders came together at Le Colonial to celebrate the life and achievements of Janice Mirikitani. Janice serves as a role model and a guiding light in the impoverished neighborhood of the Tenderloin. The night was filled with poetry, dancing, and laughter as Janice was […]

Recap: 11th Annual Beats For Boobs In San Francisco

Runway Models (Photo Credit: Samar Marwan)

On Saturday January 24, 2015, San Francisco came out to celebrate and fundraise for their best…assets at the 11th Annual Beats for Boobs. The historic Mezzanine was jam packed with men and women eager to raise money for breast cancer awareness in the most fabulous way possible!

Runway Models (Photo Credit: Samar Marwan)


Recap: GLIDE’s Annual Holiday Jam In San Francisco To Benefit Mo’s Kitchen

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On December 4, 2014 GLIDE hosted Legends Live: GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam in San Francisco. The concert benefited Mo’s Kitchen and GLIDE’s many charitable programs. The musical festivity was catered by local decadent vendors, including The Slanted Door, Ala Romana, and Pause Wine Bar.

(Photo Credit: GLIDE)

The Mistress of Ceremonies, Dr. Renel […]

GLIDE’s Annual Holiday Jam In San Francisco To Benefit Mo’s Kitchen

(Photo Credit: GLIDE)

(Photo Credit: GLIDE)

Start your holiday season on a high note with GLIDE’s Annual Holiday Jam. On December 4, 2014, GLIDE will host the festive celebration at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. The event will benefit Mo’s Kitchen, which feeds three meals a day to San Francisco’s poorest residents as a part […]

Recap: TNDC’s 22nd Annual Celebrity Pool Toss In San Francisco


Phil Ginsburg (Photo Credit: Samar Marwan)

On October 8, 2014, San Francisco’s philanthropic community came out to see local and national celebrities jump into a pool for a good cause. The TNDC’s 22nd Annual Celebrity Pool Toss was emceed by ABC 7 anchor, Cheryl Jennings and KGO host Brian Copeland. The evening was […]

Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s Celebrity Pool Toss In San Francisco

(Photo Credit: TNDC)

What better way to cool down during this heat wave than with a charity pool toss? TNDC’s 22ND Annual Celebrity Pool Toss at the Phoenix Hotel/Chambers with proceeds from the event going towards TDNC’s programs that support children and families in the Tenderloin. This year’s TNDC Celebrity Pool Toss will be co-hosted by comedian/writer/TV […]

Recap: 2014 GLAAD Gala San Francisco: Game Changers

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Taryn Manning (Photo Credit: GLAAD)

On September 13, 2014 the oh so fabulous city by the Bay hosted the 2014 GLAAD Gala San Francisco: Game Changers. The gala is unique in that it recognizes local movers and shakers who are dramatically changing history through LGBT discourse.

Sponsors included Ketel One Vodka, Southwest Airlines, […]

Recap: 5th Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala: A Love Supreme In San Francisco

GLIDE Legacy Committee members Faham Zakariaei, Laura Thompson, David Bettencourt, Gabriella Chavez Lopez, Colson Griffith, Rev. Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani, Earnest Sweat, Mike Kim, Amy Garnder, Casey Lary, Rebecca Sanchez (Photo Credit: Drew Altizer)

Janice Mirikitani, Thuy Vu, Rev. Cecil Williams, Candace Chen, David Chiu (Photo Credit: Drew Altizer)

For over 50 years, GLIDE has served as the light of the end of the tunnel for many members of the Bay Area community. On July 26, 2014, San Francisco dressed to the nines for the 5th annual […]

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