Raphael House raises more than $450K at 42nd annual Gala!
Raphael House’s “One Home, Many Hearts Gala” Raises a Record-Breaking $450K during 42nd Annual Fundraiser Funds Assist Families Moving Beyond Homelessness San Francisco, CA (June 2, 2014) – Amanda Heier, Executive Director of Raphael House, San Francisco’s leading charity dedicated to transitioning families beyond homelessness, announced today that the highly anticipated, annual One Home, Many Hearts Gala raised more than $450,000 – a record breaking amount, for the 100% privately funded charitable organization. Since 1971, Raphael House has been at the forefront of providing homeless and low-income families in the San Francisco Bay Area the personalized family-centered solutions they need to build brighter futures. Raphael House Chair of the Board of Directors, Kate Smith joined co-chairs Amy Lebastchi, Marny Homan and Vanessa Welstead in celebration of the organization’s 42 years of service to the community. In that time, Raphael House has transitioned more than 19,000 children and their parents in the Bay Area beyond homelessness and into self-sustaining futures while achieving long-term impact by moving families to stable housing with an 85% success rate. Held at the iconic Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on May 5, 2014, the black tie affair included a silent and live auction with top bid upon items including a year of date nights with childcare included, access to an Abbey in Umbria, Italy, a journey to Machu Piccu, which was bid upon in a double-down scenario. A delicious dinner was followed by a heartwarming speech b a young former Raphael House resident that has recently been accepted into college. Board President, Kate Smith shared an announcement of the organization’s rebranding efforts including a new website and logo. Guests enjoyed dancing to the tunes of renowned Bay Area DJs, Stylus Entertainment and dessert after the commentary. “Raphael House has experienced a significant year as we continue to help our families move forward into long-term, self-sustaining futures,” said Chairwoman Kate Smith. “As we are a 100% privately funded organization, our annual gala is a crucial means for raising the vital funds for the programs and services we provide for our children and families to move past homelessness and poverty.” Raphael House‘s model of providing a stable homelike shelter and offering ongoing, comprehensive assistance with housing and job placement, while supporting the emotional and social needs of parents and children alike, helps to empower more than 300 families each year with the personalized family-centered solutions they need to build brighter futures. After families depart from Raphael House, the non profit’s Bridge Program offers each family member ongoing support, ranging from job placement to career counseling and after-school tutoring. The 2014 One Home, Many Hearts Gala was themed “Once Upon a Time” and celebrated the idea of fairytales come true. Dominic Phillips Event Marketing (DPEM) created a whimsical, dreamlike décor to match the mood. Lively music and delicious food made for a spectacular evening straight out of a fairytale. The One Home, Many Hearts Gala was made possible by Angel Sponsor, Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Additional sponsors included Advantest, Bell Investment Advisors, Denizen® and Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, DPEM Event Marketing, Genesys, Issima! Public Relations, R3 Builders, Riviera Partners, Union Square Advisors, and U.S. Bank. The next gala is set for May of 2015 – location to be determined. ABOUT: Established in 1971, Raphael House is the oldest shelter in San Francisco for families experiencing homelessness. Raphael House has sheltered more than 19,000 children and parents, while transitioning them beyond homelessness and into self-sustaining futures. A 100% privately funded organization, Raphael House is grateful for the more than 12,000 individuals who invest financial and volunteer support for its families. Support is received from individuals, foundations, corporations, businesses, civic groups, churches, synagogues, and other faith communities that are committed to promoting stability for at-risk families. For more information, please visit www.raphaelhouse.org
John Colins: Sushi Happy Hour
John Colins Announces Coffee by Day; Sushi by Night Happy Hour Hot-Spot Opens Sushi Bar (The Dojo); Special Xtra Coffee Mixed-Use Trend Enhances Popular SoMA Bar SAN FRANCISCO, CA (May 14, 2014) – As John Guiffre and Colin O’Malley, owners of SoMA’s happy hour hot-spot, John Colins prepare to celebrate nine years of business this July, the dynamic duo is bringing haute sushi and hot new coffee concept, Special Xtra, to their popular bar on Minna Street. In response to the popular Sushi nights offered on Thursday and Friday, John Colins is launching a permanent sushi bar in June with the addition of “The Dojo”. Chef Mark Hayashida’s petite sushi nook will be located on the mezzanine level, and will offer fresh and inventive sushi dishes available throughout the entire restaurant each evening, set to the backdrop of great tunes and good times. In addition, Special Xtra, a café serving Blue Bottle coffee and its signature “Macau Iced Coffee” by day is scheduled to open on June 3 and will be open each weekday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, the space will carry Blue Bottle Coffee Retail beans to go, Goodie Goody cookies, brioches and scones. Seating 20 diners in the upstairs balcony, Mark Hayashuda’s “The Dojo” will offer a selection of fresh, made-to-order sushi, including House made sardines with avocado, beets, English peas, pickled red onion, shiso, and Meyer lemon crème fraiche; Kauai Ahi Poke with Koloa rum sea salt, furikake, hijiki seaweed, sesame teri dressing, and shaved green onions; Seasonal nigiri with daily seasonal sushi such as Umi Masu (ocean trout), Kona Kampachi (Hawaiian amberjack), Escolar, Surume Ika, Uni, Saba, Hamachi, Toro, and Iwashi (Japanese sardines). In addition, selections such as Kakuni Donburi (seasonal fish, red spring onions, ginger, konbu pickle, sous vide quail egg served over sushi rice) and Seasonal Makimono (showcasing traditional maki with creative daily selections) will be available. Hayashida’s culinary prowess has included creating Classic French-inspired cuisine at the Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, Blowfish San Jose, and Google. He also served on the opening team of Skool in Potrero Hill and launched HayaHon with Johnny Honda, whom he met at Google. HayaHon was in residence at Cafe Royale in the Tendernob and at the 1582 SPACE on Folsom. He also serves as a consulting chef at Southside Spirithouse, the sister restaurant to John Colins. Owners of the aptly named John Colins, John Guiffre and Colin O’Malley originally met as young bartenders at Trap Door in the Marina (now Reed & Greenough), where John had hired Colin for the position. Colin returned the favor the following year, during Colin for a position behind the bar at popular hot spot, Wish on 11th Street. After years of planning and dreaming, in 2005, John and Colin set to work on building out the space at 90 Natoma, which used to be a stable for the fire department in the early 1900’s. In 2010, John Colins was displaced by the Trans Joint Power Authority (TJPA) under the city and state “Eminent Domain” and moved to its current location at 138 Minna. Straddling two rents, John and Colin built out the new space in the historic Rialta building with their own hands, creating an invitingly bright and airy atmosphere with comfortable lounge seating beneath large skylights and an all wood bar seating 12 guests enveloped by 20-foot exposed brick walls. Original wood floors and stunning natural light evoke the romance and decadence of a forgotten decade. The inviting atmosphere is paired with a truly original elixir menu that creates a vibrant happy hour each day of the workweek. A highly trained staff is capable of creating an original libation for any guest. Moscow Mules and Dark & Stormys are a happy hour mainstay as well as the ever-famous John Colins’ namesake - a Bourbon Sour made with fresh orange, lemon and honey. The space will continue to enjoy a busy dance floor Thursday through Saturday night made possible by some of San Francisco’s most illustrious DJ’s, who enliven the space with their personal approach to music and sound. About John Colins: Located at 138 Minna Street at New Montgomery, John Colins is a unique hidden gem with a stunning atmosphere. Owners and lead bartenders John Giuffre and Colin O’Malley bring decades of industry knowledge to their menu featuring inventive, original elixirs. Hours are Monday – Thursday from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Fridays from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. More details can be found at the John Colins website at www.johncolins.com.
Schroeder's is now Serving Lunch
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