San Francisco gathers and gives

By Robert Richards I Photos by Drew Altizer Photography

Elana Gold, Dimitri Haloulos and Jessica Raefield

After a long-awaited return, more than 220 supporters, guests, and donors came together to enjoy a magical evening at the 27th annual Red Cross Gala held at City Hall. The evening raised over $675,000 to support the organization’s mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.

Two hundred Bay Area notables attended the red-tie celebration. In addition, the evening recognized the extraordinary contributions of the evening’s honorees: 2021 Humanitarian Act of Kindness Award recipients, Brandi and Tracy Pico, and 2021 Red Cross Disaster Response Partner Award Recipient Rodan + Fields.

Donned in red gowns, Gwyneth Borden and Kirsten Strobel chaired the spectacular fundraiser. “It was such a lovely evening celebrating heroes and raising money for the critical mission of the Red Cross; I was humbled by the generosity of the beautiful crowd,” shared Gwyneth Borden. 

KTVU2 News Anchor Dave Clark emceed the program. The evening featured a cocktail reception with stunning displays by The Caviar Company and Char.cuterie San Francisco, passed champagne by SEPPI Craft Sparkling Wines, a 3-course dinner compliments of chefs Ethan Mantel and Matt Hegel of Componere Fine Catering, an enticing live auction, and live entertainment by San Francisco’s own, The 415s.

“Coming together under City Hall’s gorgeous dome in support of the unparalleled work of the Red Cross was a heartwarming experience and a night to remember,” says Kirsten Strobel.

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