Included here are some exquisite photographs from last weekend's Oscar de la Renta fashion show in Lake Tahoe.
The credit for this entirely belongs to Drew Altizer who took all of these amazing photos and thought to put them into black and white for posterity. We just thought it would be nice to do one article with all images in black-and-white. Enjoy!
First image, left, is of Brenda Zarate and Jonathan Lazar.
It's hard to believe another exciting season of galas and events is just around the corner. The challenge of introducing each new generation to classical music can be daunting, but as one of the premiere arts organizations in the country, the San Francisco Symphony has been working tirelessly to make this happen. Through the symphony's Volunteer Council, they have several Leagues that support the efforts of the symphony organization by helping with concerts, planning events, providing education and raising awareness. Symphonix, the "young professional" (ages 21-45) League plans their own event series leading up to the Opening Night Gala each year. The first of these events happened last week in San Francisco.
Every year, supporters and friends of The League to Save Lake Tahoe flock to a gorgeous estate near the lake to watch one of the finest benefit fashion shows in the country. This year, as in the most recent years,Oscar de la Renta will be the featured designer, showcasing his 2010 Resort collection, with Saks Fifth Avenue producing the show. This will be the 40th anniversary event, which also includes a live auction and raffle of items from the Ritz Carlton, Bulgari, Boucheron, and of course Oscar de la Renta and Saks.
Sophie Azouaou, owner of Sophisticate Interiors, is the Host and Co-Producer of the upcoming NBC TV show, Touching Hearts, a multimedia project that includes a primetime television airing. Each show is designed to focus on amazing organizations, the philanthropists, the philanthropic corporations, and the people who are in desperate need of their help.
Pilot will launch Post NFL Kick-off game Sunday Night Football: September 13, 2009 at 9:00 PM
Re-airing Monday, September 14, 12:30 PM
Series: Sunday 9 PM prime time sunday night football
"The older I get, the less I know, but I am certain that what we do matters." - from Master Class, music by Jake Heggie, lyrics by Terrence McNally
Gordon Getty is one of those names one automatically associates with San Francisco and the arts, but not everyone knows that he was a student of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Bay Area equivalent to Julliard. Years later, Getty donated funds to help build the new Recital Hall, named after Getty's principal teacher there, Sol Joseph. Among his many talents, Getty is also a composer, so it's fitting that for their gala this year, the Conservatory honored Gordon Getty with a performance for him including pieces written by him, to thank him for his passion and generosity over the years.
Free cosmos for the ladies and 25 hot bachelors struttin' their stuff. What's this ... a plot line for Sex and the City? Nope, it's all real and you are invited! The Guardsmen 6th Annual Auction on Thursday, June 25 is your chance to bid on a date with one of San Francisco's most eligible bachelors. (Or if you're a Samantha, go for multiple bidding!)
Since 1947 The Guardsmen has been raising funds to better the lives of inner-city kids. Each year monies raised are used to send youth to camps, outdoor education programs, and scholarships are set up for 200 students to attend private schools.
The Guardsmen 6th Annual Bachelor Auction, Ruby Skye, 420 Mason St., SF
Thursday, June 25, 2009, Cosmos start pourin' at 7PM, bidding starts at 8:30
On October 15th the Bay Area Arthritis Foundation will hold its annual fashion show luncheon at the St. Francis Hotel.
The glamorous collection of iconic fashion designer, Lily Samii, will be featured in celebration of her 20th anniversary in San Francisco. Fashion Show Co-Chairs are Gail DeMartini and Jane Inch.
Vivanista asks Gail DeMartini, one of the most experienced charitable fashion show chairs in the Bay Area, a few questions about why the Arthritis Foundation Fashion Show was something she was willing to co-chair, what it is about the Arthritis Foundation that gets her excited, and a few fun fashion questions.
Tickets are still available for San Francisco Food Bank's One Big Table
event, this Wednesday, June 10, from 6-9 pm at Hotel Kabuki. The
evening includes dinner and the chance to bid on some fantastic auction
items, including dinner for 12, cooked in your home by celebrated Food
Network chef, cookbook author and cookware designer Tyler Florence.
2009 is a big year for the San Francisco Zoo: It's their 80th birthday and the stork has made two deliveries - baby giraffe Niklas and baby gorilla Hasani. To celebrate and to kick-off the upcoming ZooFest for Kids annual fundraiser on June 5th, animal-lovin' fashionistas showed up at Juicy Couture last Tuesday evening in downtown San Francisco.
Sweet P from Project Runway fame and her artist husband Sage Vaughn at Discarded to Divine.
Discarded to Divine is my new favorite fashion event of the year and judging by the turnout last Thursday evening, I am not alone. A total of 900 fashion-conscious people from around the Bay Area showed up at the San Francisco Gift Center Pavilion anxious to see the creations of some our most talented designers.
Here's the scoop on Discarded to Divine: Clothing donated to St. Vincent De Paul is chosen by freelance designers and fashion students from art schools around the city. Inspired by art work at the de Young Museum, the designers reconstruct the old clothing into new couture pieces. At the annual Discarded to Divine event, these creations are highlighted in a silent auction and a fashion show where attendees bid, raising funds for the poor and homeless of St. Vincent De Paul.
The idea of being homeless is frightening, but the fact is these days more and more people in the Bay Area are facing losing their homes, jobs, and all that is necessary to create a secure, comfortable life. This is nothing new for Raphael House - they've been helping at risk families find stable housing and financial independence since 1971, having sheltered 17,000 children and their parents in the last 38 years. Coming up this Thursday, May 14th, 2009 is your chance to commemorate years of service and offer a bit of assistance as well.
Raphael House is holding their annual black tie gala - Mid-Century Modern Glamour - at the Four Season Hotel in San Francisco, 750 Market St. The theme is 1960s New York. (Think Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's.) The festivities start at 6PM and include dinner, a silent auction, and an opportunity to swing it out to the tunes of Bill Hopkins Rockin' Orchestra. For you fashionistas this is your time to glam it up and shop your vintage closet, keeping with the evening's 1960s theme.
Great fun for a great cause! For tickets and details call Flavia Henrique, 451-345-7262. For more information about Raphael House go to: http://www.raphaelhouse.org/
On March 10, 2009 Roselyne Swig, founder of Partners Ending Domestic Abuse, hosted a private party in her home to recognize the foundation's most generous contributors. Among the attendees were Simon and Kimberly Blattner, Julie Harkins of First Republic Bank, filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, and Janet Holmgren, President of Mills College in Oakland.
Since 1992 Partners Ending Domestic Abuse has collaborated with San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium to raise awareness of domestic abuse by fundraising and public policy advocacy. This event was also the kick off for the upcoming "Spring into Action" the 17th Anniversary Gala set for May 1, 2009 at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco.
Get your tickets and mark your calenders for project Avary's 10th anniversary celebration on March 4, 2009 - An Evening Under the Stars. For the last decade this local non-profit has been aiding at-risk youth who have an incarcerated parent. By providing recreational and cultural excursions, teen leadership programs, and one-on-one support, project Avary helps youth develop confidence and positive life-views, promoting a healthy personal outlook and sense of community responsibility. Event Co-Chair Mireille Schwartz (pictured right with event Co-Chair Dr. Michelle Pepitone left) says she's impressed by project Avary's sensible approach to building youth self-esteem. "The board and staff are passionate about constantly developing innovative strategies to keep young people engaged and excited about themselves and each other's growth," says Schwartz.
The celebrations commence at 6:30pm and include dinner, a silent auction, an onstage conversation with KQED Program Host Michael Krasny and author Isabel Allende, and finally a concert by Moonalice featuring Bob Weir and Mark Karan. For tickets and more information go to: http://www.projectavary.org/.
The Board of Directors for the Alzheimer's Research for a Cure (ARFAC) will host it's first annual gala at the Ferry Building in San Francisco Friday, February 6, 2009. The inaugural gala, chaired by community leader Sandra Mandel (pictured with committee member Barbara Brown on the left), will be a black tie affair attended by prestigious San Francisco community leaders, business individuals, and medical professionals. Alzheimer's Disease leads to progressive memory loss and has effected nearly 5 million Americans. ARFAC is a recently formed non-profit foundation dedicated to support research for new and effective treatments for Alzheimer's Disease.
The Gala, titled An Evening for the Mind, will start at 6:30PM with cocktails provided by Effen Vodka and a silent auction highlighting art pieces from Robert John Russo Gallery of Los Angeles. Dinner will be catered by the renowned Paul Le Duc. A live auction emceed by Jan Yanehiro will feature a number of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities as well as wine packages and a Mini-Cooper donated by BMW of Concord.
Yes, 'tis that time of year of again for one of the hottest culinary tickets of San Francisco - Wine & Wishes 2009. This is a spectacular culinary event showcasing the best of the Bay Area's Chefs and Wineries, while celebrating and supporting the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation. It is to be held at the dramatic and unique setting of Treasure Island on Saturday, February 7th.
Menu For Hope is an annual fundraising campaign, spearheaded by a food blogger named, Chez Pim, and many food bloggers from around the world. This effort originally started five years ago after the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia by which Chez Pim was inspired to start the first Menu For Hope. Since then it has become a yearly campaign to raise funds for worthy causes around the world.
Each December, food bloggers from all over the world join the campaign by offering a delectable array of food-related prizes for the Menu For Hope raffle. Anyone can buy raffle tickets to bid on these prizes and for every $10 donated, you earn one virtual raffle ticket to bid on a prize of your choice. At the end of the two week campaign, tickets are drawn and the results are announced on Chez Pim.
It's no secret that the restaurants have seen a real slump in business lately, but really who isn't? Unfortunately, there are hundreds of thousands of people in San Francisco who are suffering even worse circumstances that are at risk of going hungry this holiday season. Most of these people are from poor working households whose incomes do not stretch far enough to put food on their families tables every day. The San Francisco Food Bank supplies food for over 600 programs operated by community service agencies and food pantries throughout the City.
So Scott Youkilis and Michael Pierce of Maverick restaurant in the Mission District created Dine Out Against Hunger, and brought together some of San Francisco's most notable restaurants to donate up to 10% of their dinner sales from this Thursday, December 18th to the SF Food Bank. Maverick is also offering to take an additional 10% off of diner's tabs who are making an additional donation to the SF Food Bank.