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The annual celebration drew support from the local community and living legends Joan Baez, Rita Moreno, Paula West and many more to benefit Glide’s programs.

All photos by Alain McLaughlin Photography

Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani

Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani

The Warfield Theatre transformed into a beacon of light, love and legends for the Glide Annual Holiday Jam on December 4. Within minutes of opening, the theatre became a packed-house for the annual celebration that draws support from the local community and beyond to raise funds for Mo’s kitchen and Glide’s programs.

This year, Glide founders Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani were joined by honorary co-chairs The Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr., Richard Blum, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Felicia and Ben Horowitz, Dolores Huerta and Phyllis Lyon for the festivities, emceed by radio host and San Francisco Giants announcer Renel Brooks-Moon.

Janice Mirikitani, Chinaka Hodge, Hon. Willie L. Brown, Jr. and Pam Baer

Janice Mirikitani, Chinaka Hodge, Hon. Willie L. Brown, Jr. and Pam Baer

Renel Brooks Moon and Tommie Moon

Renel Brooks Moon and Tommie Moon

One by one, Brooks-Moon introduced entertainment’s most prolific living legends who were on hand to honor the evenings theme, Legends Live. Joan Baez, the Grammy Award-winning musical force who inspired Bob Dylan and countless others; Rita Moreno, one of the few Americans to ever win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy; Paula West, a Bay Area favorite; Chinaka Hodge, poet and educator, playwright and screenwriter; and Dwayne Wiggins, the musician best known from R&B Group Tony, Toni, Tone’, took the stage alongside the Glide Ensemble to perform their greatest hits.

Joan Baez and Reverend Cecil Williams

Joan Baez and Reverend Cecil Williams

D’Wayne Wiggins

D’Wayne Wiggins

Following the performances was a post concert reception with hors d’oeuvres and libations from some of the Bay Area’s finest restaurants and beverage companies. The Glide Annual Holiday Festival raised more than $1.5 million for Glide’s programs and Mo’s Kitchen, which serves three meals a day to San Francisco’s poorest residents; that’s 850,000 meals each year!

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Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani

Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani

Joy Bianchi, Rick Beleson and Skye Drynan

Joy Bianchi, Rick Beleson and Skye Drynan

Richard Blum, Larry Baer, Cecil Williams and Bob Friend

Richard Blum, Larry Baer, Cecil Williams and Bob Friend

Reverend Cecil Williams and the Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr.

Reverend Cecil Williams and the Honorable Willie L. Brown, Jr.