Photo credit Alain McLaughlin.
For the eighth consecutive year, Bay Area professionals, philanthropists and VIPs came together to celebrate GLIDE and its programs and to honor GLIDE’s tradition of love, leadership and community. This year’s celebration took place at the San Francisco Design Center, a new venue for the event [previously held at the Regency Ballroom], which was filled with dancing, music, food, drinks and awards.
Hosted by the GLIDE Legacy Committee, this year’s gala honored three luminaries for their social impact in the Bay Area and global communities and their commitment to making the world a better, freer and more equitable place for all.
The Janice Mirikitani Award went to Shiza Shahid, co-founder of the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and Ziauddin Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO. She is now focused on supporting startups, innovators and entrepreneurs, particularly women, who are creating positive global impact. She is the founder of The Collective, a global community of influential entrepreneurs, investors, artists, business leaders, human rights advocates and thought-leaders united by a desire to collaborate and improve the world.
The Reverend Cecil Williams Award went to Shaka Senghor, prison reform activist and New York Times bestselling author. Shaka Senghor is a leading voice in criminal justice reform, a Senior Fellow with The Dream Corps, and President/Creative Director of Mind Blown Media. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison, was released in March 2016 and debuted on The New York Times Bestseller List as well as The Washington Post Best Seller List. An unforgettable tale of forgiveness and second chances, Writing My Wrongs reminds us that our worst deeds don’t define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. Shaka’s story has inspired thousands and serves as a powerful testament to the power of hope, compassion and unconditional love.
The Community Hero Award went to Greg Kloehn, artist and tiny-house builder for formerly homeless people. Kloehn uses found materials, including illegally dumped items, to build unique structures at a cost of less than $100. The houses are typically just over three feet wide and several yards long, and include doors and windows, and small wheels for mobility. Kloehn has given away many of the houses to formerly homeless persons.
“It is heartwarming to see these young philanthropists giving back to their community and helping those that have been marginalized by society,” said GLIDE’s Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation, Reverend Cecil Williams. “We are thrilled to see these young people embody GLIDE’s commitment to social change and unconditional love,” said GLIDE Co-Founder Janice Mirikitani. Past honorees have included Jeremy Affeldt, Renel Brooks Moon, Chip Conley, Vernon Davis, Dave Eggers, Chris Gardner, Attorney General (now U.S. Senator) Kamala Harris, Chinaka Hodge, Felicia Horowitz, Van Jones, Ronnie Lott, Doniece Sandoval, Sarah Shourd, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Andres Torres, and Kristi Yamaguchi.
In addition, the GLIDE Legacy Committee hosted an online auction fundraiser from August 1st to 5th on eBay featuring a variety of unique items that ranged from music, food, travel, sports and lifestyle experiences from San Francisco to New York.
The GLIDE 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 San Francisco. This holistic set of programs that includes free meals; HIV/Hep C testing and counseling; housing assistance; domestic violence counseling and abatement; substance use recovery; licensed childcare; afterschool and summer programs for youth; a resource center for families; free legal services; and access to free primary and behavioral health care. For additional information, visit GLIDE.org. Twitter: @GLIDEsf . Instagram: @GLIDEsf . Facebook: facebook.com/GLIDEsf