All images by Drew Altizer Photography
Nearly 600 young professionals put on their finest cocktail attire and gathered in the Great Room of San Francisco’s W Hotel on November 20th to raise money and awareness for the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. The event was the 10th annual gala celebration of The San Francisco Social, a non-profit organization that brings awareness and much-needed funding to a carefully selected Bay Area charity each year. A favorite among the city’s young philanthropic community, the San Francisco Social is the brainchild of founder Anderson Pugash, a local nightlife aficionado who is also the founder of Crossroads Nightlife Group, an uber successful San Francisco-based event production company.
Utilizing his professional knowledge of the Bay Area nightlife scene, Pugash created the San Francisco Social with the goal of pursuing two deeply personal ventures- honoring the memory of his late father and providing an opportunity for young professionals like himself, to give back to the community. Thus far, it has proven to be a very successful endeavor and to date they have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a number of Bay Area charities, including the Sonoma Jazz Festival, KIPP Bay Area Schools and Larkin Street Youth Services. This year the beneficiary is the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, which Pugash stated was chosen not only because they are worthy recipient, but also because he believes the cause itself doesn’t get enough attention. “The main reason I chose them is because they are incredibly effective and they are serving a need in our community which has not been addressed enough by other organizations.”
He also stated that while he is extremely happy with the success of the San Francisco Social thus far, he isn’t ready to rest on his laurels quite yet. “My goal is always to expand. The need for supporting good causes is limitless and we will never have done enough. I want to continue raising money and awareness and just keep moving down this path as much as possible.’
For more information on the San Francisco Social, visit http://thesanfranciscosocial.com/
For more information on the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, visit http://sfcapc.org/