On Wednesday, September 13, 2023, Salesforce presented Dreamfest, a benefit concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals held in conjunction with its annual Dreamforce conference, at Chase Center in San Francisco. Grammy award-winning band Foo Fighters headlined the event and nearly $6.5 million was raised for the hospitals.
The evening began with a cocktail reception where actor Matthew McConaughey and former Golden State Warrior and UCSF Board Member Andre Iguodala presented the 2023 Colin Powell Medal of Courage Award to 22-year-old UCSF patient Selah Kitchiner. Each year, the hospital awards the special medal to a patient who has demonstrated outstanding courage, empathy and/or leadership during their treatment process.
Other notable attendees included Marc Benioff, Paul Pelosi, Lars Ulrich, UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, UCSF Vice Chancellor Erin Hickey; President & CEO of UCSF Health Suresh Gunasekaran, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals Board Member Samir Kaul, UCSF Board Member Dana Emery, UCSF Dr. Laura Esserman and more.
Immediately following the Foo Fighter performance, guests enjoyed an After Party where live musicians and DJs performed throughout the night. The party also included interactive experiences, activations, an elegant late-night buffet, desserts and specialty cocktails.