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Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo’s inaugural gala commanded the attention of heavy-hitters like Dianne Feinstein, Richard Blum and the Honorable Willie Brown, among many.
Sonya Molodetskaya owns the runway in a Vasily Vein creation  Credit: Drew Altizer photography

Sonya Molodetskaya owns the runway in a Vasily Vein creation Credit: Drew Altizer photography

All Photos by Drew Altizer Photography

On November 1, the grand ballroom of the Hotel Nikko was transformed into a sea of optimism, hope and success for the Rooms that Rock 4 Chemo (RTR4C) inaugural gala. The nonprofit organization devoted to transforming chemotherapy rooms into beautiful and inspiring spaces drew some serious attention from heavy-hitters like Dianne Feinstein, Richard Blum and the Honorable Willie Brown, among many.

Donna Sachet and Sonya Molodetskaya   Credit: Drew Altizer Photography

Donna Sachet and Sonya Molodetskaya Credit: Drew Altizer Photography

The black tie fundraiser, hosted by KGO’s Don Sanchez, was a dynamic event that featured education, performances, silent and live auctions, a fashion show and dancing. The evening began with performances by X-factor TV star Jason Brock and San Francisco virtuoso violonist Lea Bourgade, both of whom delighted the audience.

Bill Lee and the Honorable Willie Brown  Credit:  Drew Altizer Photography

Bill Lee and the Honorable Willie Brown Credit: Drew Altizer Photography

Following the perfomance, guests were treated to a 3-course dinner, during which guests had an opportunity to learn about and support RTR4C’s vision with a touching speech made by founder Nancy Ballard. The Honorable Mayor Willie Brown then took the stage for a passionate endorsement of the impact Rooms That Rock 4 Chemo has made in the city of San Francisco.

After such an impassioned speech, the room was abuzz and poised for a live auction led by the auctioneer Abra Annes. The formidable Abra set the bids high for the “Fund-a-Need” with a $25K goal. Within less than one minute, Mr Richard Blum stunned guests by raising his paddle to make the $25K bid. Needless to say, Mr. Blum received a standing ovation.

Vasily Vein, Sophie Azouaou  Credit: Drew Altizer Photogrpahy

Vasily Vein, Sophie Azouaou Credit: Drew Altizer Photogrpahy

The formal portion of the evening came to a close with a fashion show by San Francisco’s rising fashion star, Vasily Vein. Fashion chair Sophie Azouaou introduced the designer in his own creation, a “vision of white elegance and beauty” made especially for the occasion. His muse, Sonya Molodetskaya, donned a superb black coat, black lace dress – a stunning end to the show.

Maria Barrios, Michelle Ritchie and Natalia Urrutia

Maria Barrios, Michelle Ritchie and Natalia Urrutia

Raghu Shivaram, Beth Schnitzer, Sergey Sharapov,

Raghu Shivaram, Beth Schnitzer, Sergey Sharapov,

Terri Mino, Alan Morrell and Clara Shayevich

Terri Mino, Alan Morrell and Clara Shayevich

a Vasily Vein Creation on the Runway

a Vasily Vein Creation on the Runway

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