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By Marcus Tolero, Marketing and Communications Manager

Thank you for making our Virtual Hand to Hand Gala a smashing success!
We’d like to thank you for making our Virtual Hand to Hand Gala held last Friday, December 4 a tremendous success! We are excited to announce that we raised more than $315,000 for this special digital event because of the generosity of sponsors and donors. And many of you stretched even further during the fund-a-need segment. Our goal was $35,000. You helped us raise over $50,000. Your support will allow us to continue to serve life-saving nutrition to our neighbors with critical illnesses in San Francisco and Alameda counties.

We’d also like to thank the following individuals and groups who graciously participated in the night’s program:
The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Senator Scott Wiener
Assemblymember David Chiu
The SF Gay Men’s Chorus (Tune into their "Home for the Holidays" Virtual Event on 12/24)
The California Honeydrops (Did you like their sound? Then purchase their new live album)

A big thank you to Project Open Hand Board Member Helene York, Guckenheimer, and Chef Carlos Canada who were responsible for the chef-curated meals that were delivered to event attendees in Oakland and San Francisco. Pictured to the right is Chef Carlos and his team in the kitchen prepping many of the delicious meals. 

Finally, thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this event possible. Many of them helped with event preparation and delivered the chef-curated meals to the doorsteps of all the virtual attendees.

If you missed the live event, no worries. Watch the replay at our YouTube page . The program starts at the 25-minute mark.


Thank You to Our Sponsors!
Master Chef Sponsor 
Marcia and John Goldman 
Ambassador James C. Hormel and Michael P. N. Hormel 

Chef De Cuisine Sponsor
Gilead Sciences, Inc. 

Sous-Chef Sponsor 
Kaiser Permanente 
Sutter Health  
Tito’s Handmade Vodka 

Chef De Partie Sponsor 
BiRite Foodservice Distributors
Nancy Bolmeier Fisher, Ian & Ryan
California Teachers Association
Vishwa Chandra and Anubhuti Sharma
Andrew Chang and Danni Xie / Jennifer and Robert Petraglia
Corcoran Global / Opes Advisors  
Sharon Davidson
Execushield, Inc
Linda Glick     
Mike Henry and Tyler Wuthmann  
Paul Hepfer and Eileen Hepfer Bewley
Kris Konietzko and Peter Borkon
Preston Maring, M.D.   
Aditya Wakankar  
Andrea Wilkinson  
Ruth Yankoupe  
Helene Sanghvi York and Suketu Sanghvi  

In-Kind Donors
Berkeley Country Club
Bonterra Organic Vineyards
Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
Chef David Verzello
Gary Bukovnik
J. Elizabeth Portraiture
Robert Biale Vineyards
Tim Barabe
Truffle Shuffle





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