Third Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala
By: Sue Rosenstock
On Saturday, July 28, hundreds of GLIDE supporters threw on their finest party clothes and packed into the San Francisco’s Regency Center for the Third Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala, benefiting GLIDE’s Wellness, Growth, Spirit and Leadership programs. Guests were treated to inspirational music by the GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band, the Terrence Brewer Band and DJ KingMost,
The evening punctuated a successful 10-day eBay charitable auction, which featured a PRS SE Santana Black Abraxas Guitar autographed by Carlos Santana, a San Francisco Giants 2012 Season VIP experience for four, plus other music, food, wine, travel, sports and lifestyle items. The auction raised more than $10 thousand for GLIDE programs.
GLIDE Co-Founders, Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani, awarded San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt a Community Hero Award for his work supporting marginalized and underserved communities.
“I was shocked and humbled in being selected as the recipient of the Community Hero Award. It is an honor to be recognized by such great champions of hope, like Reverend Cecil Williams,” said Jeremy Affeldt.
Reverend Williams and Ms. Mirikitani presented the Janice Mirikitani Legacy Award to distinguished filmmaker and activist Jennifer Siebel Newsom, whose films have empowered young girls and women to avoid pitfalls and overcome obstacles. They also presented the Cecil Williams Legacy Award to San Francisco 49er tight-end Vernon Davis for helping underserved youth and families achieve better lives through art, education and health.
“On Saturday, we recognized three architects of change in San Francisco, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Jeremy Affeldt and Vernon Davis, who are outstanding champions for social good, “said Dori Caminong, GLIDE’s Manager, Legacy and Creative Development.. “These individuals embody the passion and spirit of GLIDE’s mission and the legacy of Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani. We are thrilled and grateful to once again partner with eBay Giving Works. By bringing the GLIDE Legacy Gala auctions to the global marketplace, eBay Giving Works amplifies our voice and fundraising efforts by creating visibility and recognition for GLIDE to a worldwide audience.”