GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam: Keep On, a live benefit concert took place on Thursday, November 9, at The Masonic in San Francisco. The GLIDE Holiday Jam celebrated the 60th Anniversary of Reverend Cecil Williams’ arrival to GLIDE with an all-star gathering. The evening also celebrated GLIDE’s brand-new President & CEO, Dr. Gina Fromer. (For more information about Dr. Former: https://www.glide.org/glide-appoints-dr-gina-fromer-as-next-ceo/). In attendance were supporters of GLIDE’s and changemakers like SF Mayor London Breed, activist Honey Mahogany, SF City Attorney David Chiu, Chair and Founder of Tipping Point Community Daniel Lurie, and many more.
Illustrious songwriter and performer Valerie Simpson led the celebration. Alongside the nationally renowned GLIDE Ensemble and the Change Band lead by Vernon Bush and Zoe Ellis, Simpson, and special guests blues guitarist, producer, composer, and philanthropist D’Wayne Wiggins (from Tony! Toni! Toné!); prolific R&B and soulful visionary Goapele; and captivating soul singer Martin Luther McCoy shared meaningful tributes to Cecil featuring the legendary music of Ashford & Simpson. KQED’s Priya David Clemens was the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies.