Hundreds of business and community leaders gathered on October 19th to celebrate the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce’s annual Excellence in Business (Ebbies) Awards. The Ebbies are San Francisco’s celebration and recognition of the Bay Area’s visionary entrepreneurs, business leaders, and exemplary corporate citizens. Awards include Small Business of the Year, Sustainability, and overall Excellence in Business.

Sharona Oshana, Shamrina Oshana, Chuck Paskerian and Diane Paskerian 
(Katie Ravas For DREW ALTIZER PHOTOGRAPHY) Darna Bertrand and Kevin Bertrand 
(Katie Ravas For DREW ALTIZER PHOTOGRAPHY) Donna Ruff and John Spensieri 
(Katie Ravas For DREW ALTIZER PHOTOGRAPHY) Rohit Nayak, Alina Taylor and Antonio Lau 

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Young professionals and the young-at-heart gathered at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens on Saturday, October 14th for Fur Ball 2023: Into the Wild, presented by TPG. The event, which returned after a hiatus of nearly four years due to the pandemic, was expertly chaired by Zoological Society board members John Flynn and Marie-Claude Nadeau, under the auspices of “Zoo II,” a group of younger Zoo enthusiasts. Guests donned festive “bring out your wild side cocktail attire,” and danced the night away, while enjoying animal encounters, nighttime carousel riders, an open bar, and the hottest food trucks around. Proceeds from Fur Ball benefit the Zoo’s wildlife conservation programs.


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Project Glimmer, the national nonprofit founded by Sonja Hoel Perkins and dedicated to empowering girls, hosted their annual benefit, “Empower Girls Change the World,” at Terra Gallery in San Francisco. Star Award Honorees included LaChanze, a Tony and Emmy Award-Winning Actress and Producer, and Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, Director of Charles Schwab Corporation. Project Glimmer also recognized youth honorees who shared their inspiring stories. The Empower Market showcased brands like Ashley Morgan, Clare V., Kendra Scott, and more, donating proceeds to Project Glimmer. The Live Auction featured unique lots, including a Private Party by Paula LeDuc Catering with Kathleen Deery Design, the coveted Michele Pred PEACE Purse, and a Big Apple NYC Escape featuring…

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The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) Northern California Chapter had its annual fundraiser luncheon at the San Francisco Fall Show honoring Atlanta-based award winning architect, D. Stanley Dixon. Always a sell-out, leading professionals from across the design industry lent their support to benefit the education and scholarship programs of the Northern California Chapter.

Stan Dixon, Suzanne Tucker, Allison Caccoma and George Brazil
Natalie Schrik For DREW ALTIZER PHOTOGRAPHY Marissa Durazzo and Anita Kung 
Natalie Schrik For DREW ALTIZER PHOTOGRAPHY Phyllis Washington and Tania Montgomery 
Natalie Schrik For DREW ALTIZER PHOTOGRAPHY John Margolis and Coby Everdell 
Natalie Schrik For DREW ALTIZER PHOTOGRAPHY Stan Dixon and Andrew…

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On September 29, 2023, Mead Quin, a prestigious residential interior design studio located in Emeryville, held their second annual Whiskey & Wellness gathering at Hammerling Wines in Berkeley, CA. The event aimed to unite leaders and vendors from the design and architecture industries with an emphasis on promoting wellness. This celebration marked the company’s 10-year anniversary in business.


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On Friday, October 20, Chotto Matte celebrated the opening of its San Francisco location, and the global restaurant brand’s first on the West Coast. Guests indulged in canapes and cocktails from the Nikkei menu, highlighting Japanese and Peruvian flavors; mingled during live DJ sets from Fusion x Soulfunky, Miguel Migs, and DJ D Sharp; and toasted to the official launch with Laurent-Perrier champagne and a ceremonious sake barrel smashing by owners Kurt Zdesar, Will Noble and chef Jordan Sclare. It was a spectacular evening attended by an enthusiastic San Francisco crowd.

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On Sunday, October 22, over 100 philanthropists descended on the spectacular Djerassi Resident Artists Program property in the hills of Woodside, overlooking the Pacific Ocean for the annual Artful Harvest fundraising gala. The world-renowned artists residency, celebrating its 40th anniversary, has provided the gift of time and space to over 2,500 artists. The program was founded by Dr. Carl Djerassi, father of the birth control pill, in memory of his daughter, Pamela, a Stanford-trained artist who studied under Nathan Oliveira.

At the event, co-chaired by Sally Fay, Elaine Mellis and Dale Djerassi, the Artists Barn was transformed into an art gallery where the first Djerassi Group Show of visual artists debuted. 13 artists with close ties to the…

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In Celebration with Caminar: An Evening of Courage, Hope, and Community highlighted the increasing need for mental health and substance use treatment as well as Caminar’s commitment to bettering the lives of our fellow community members through compassionate, evidence-based behavioral health treatment and care.

Caminar’s annual celebration included a welcome reception; an elegant dinner; an intimate fireside chat with Drew Robinson, San Francisco Giants Mental Health Advocate in conversation with Dr. Shana Alexander, San Francisco Giants Director, Mental Health & Wellness, & EAP; a Fund-A-Need; and after party with live music by Champian Fulton Quartet.

Guests enjoyed the evening filled with uplifting stories of courage, hope, and joy while raising…

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Neiman Marcus’ chic Union Square event space, Penthouse on 5, came alive on October 8 as acclaimed harpist Bridget Kibbey performed an Olivia Decker Power of Music concert presented by Festival Napa Valley.

Danny Tran, Kristin Sorenson, and daughter Elena who is a harpist Sally Yu & her daughter Ruby Strayhorn and Lena Strayhorn

Guests enjoyed an elegant Champagne reception hosted by Neiman Marcus, and a concert that previewed Kibbey’s forthcoming album by Pentatone Music, Crossing the Ocean. The program featured music by Paquito d’Rivera, J.S. Bach, Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, and Kati Agócs. Before each piece, Kibbey shared insightful observations about her work and instrument, giving the event a feeling of warmth and…

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VIP guests gathered for an exclusive evening at Minnesota Street Project Foundation in celebration of the opening of artist Adrian L. Burrell’s Venus Blues exhibition. Catered by Oakland based Hil’s Cooking & Catering, guests experienced the large scale photography, sculpture, and the newest iteration of Burrell’s ongoing film project in the screening gallery.


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