All images by Drew Altizer Photography
August 22nd was an evening filled with celebration and life when Glide hosted its 6th Annual Legacy Gala at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. The next generation of young Bay Area professionals and philanthropists came together in support of Glide’s 51-year legacy of love, leadership and community.
During the Gala, the Glide Legacy Committee, comprising of a group of young social entrepreneurs, recognized the outstanding contributions of three architects of change who embody the spirit of Co-Founders Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani, as well as the organization’s mission. This year, Glide honored Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic and World Figure Skating Champion, with the Janice Mirikitani Legacy Award; Chip Conley, hotel guru, traveling philosopher, speaker and author of national bestseller “Emotional Equations,” with the Cecil Williams Legacy Award; and, Chinaka Hodge, award-winning poet, educator, playwright and screenwriter with the Glide Legacy Award.
The Glide Legacy Committee also hosted an online auction fundraiser on eBay featuring a variety of unique items that offer the ultimate in music, food, travel, sports and lifestyle experiences from San Francisco to New York.
“It’s a wonderful thing to see this young group of philanthropists inspire those around them to get involved and make change happen,” said Glide Co-founder and Minister of Liberation, Reverend Cecil Williams. “The enthusiasm, compassion and drive of these young philanthropists will go a long way in bringing hope and inspiration to those who need it most,” added Glide Co-founder and Founding President, Janice Mirikitani.
Franco Finn, hype man for NBA World Champion Golden State Warriors, was the evening’s emcee, as guests were treated to performances from the Glide Ensemble and Change Band and DJ KingMost. The night was filled with music, dance and celebration honoring change agents who are dedicated to improving the lives of those less fortunate.
The Legacy Gala raises funds for programs of the Glide Foundation so that Glide can continue to provide innovative and comprehensive services to the poor and marginalized in the San Francisco community, including homeless, low-income and disenfranchised clients, providing a wrap-around array of programs: free meals; HIV/HepC testing and counseling; housing assistance; domestic violence counseling and abatement; substance abuse recovery; licensed childcare, afterschool and summer programs for youth; a resource center for families; free legal services; and access to free primary and psychiatric health care. For more information, please visit www.glide.org.