Something to Be Thankful For: The San Francisco Social
On November 10, San Francisco’s most vibrant young philanthropists gathered at the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel for the highly-anticipated annual fundraising event, the San Francisco Social.We just finished the holiday of Thanksgiving, a day we set aside to show gratitude for all that has been provided to us during the year in the company of our close friends and loved ones. Thanksgiving is not just for our parents or our grandparents, but a day when we young people can give thanks for the good fortune and privileges that have been offered to us as well. You might be asking yourself, “how can I give back for all the opportunities that have been given to?” One young man asked himself just that, Anderson Pugash, founder of the San Francisco Social.
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I have to admit, I hadn’t heard of the San Francisco Social, an annual fundraiser that brings together gorgeous people who clearly brunch at The Brixton for a very fancy party raising money for a local charity. This year’s incredibly popular event raised money for Larkin Street Youth Services. Charities annually pitch The SF Social to be the year’s recipient, in a scene which I imagine to be similar to the Greek Council in “Revenge of the Nerds.”
Held at the Fairmont Hotel, (there was a VIP dinner at the wonderful Wayfare Tavern which we didn’t attend) I was on the arm of SFist’s Brock Keeling. Brock and I donned “cocktail attire” and entered a ballroom to find hundreds of shiny cocktail dresses, lots of 28-year olds in expensive suits, and two scantily clad dancers gyrating on a stage. Needless to say, Brock and I were on board right away. Normally I’d find this sort of event very intimidating, peppered with people who Iignorantly assume to have been less than kind in high school. But in chatting with the event’s organizers, the charming Anderson Pugash and the Pippa Middleton-esque Kelly Landers Boynton, Brock and I decided that maybe when popular people get older, they get nicer. (I have no idea. I am neither.) And apparently, generous. The San Francisco Social raises $100,000 a year for a worthy charity.
Photos: San Francisco Social 2012 Benefiting Larkin Street Youth Services
On November 10, San Francisco’s most vibrant young philanthropists gathered at the gorgeous Fairmont Hotel for the highly-anticipated annual fundraising event, the San Francisco Social.
This year’s event benefitted Larkin Street Youth Services—an internationally recognized leader in providing effective housing, medical, social and educational services to at-risk, homeless and runaway youth. The event committee raised more than $75,000, exceeding goals and delighting a sold-out crowd.
Anderson Pugash, founder of the San Francisco Social, said: “The San Francisco Social is inspiring a new generation of young philanthropists who will be critical in supporting our community for decades to come. Larkin Street Youth Services has supported over 70,000 San Francisco youth to date, combining comprehensive solutions, dedicated management, and transparent governance to produce extraordinary results that help homeless and runaway youth exit street life for good… we are proud to help Larkin Street in their efforts to give them the opportunity for a brighter future.”
San Francisco Magazine Covers the SF Social Benefit Dinner
The San Francisco Social debuted it’s first-ever San Francisco Social Benefit Dinner on Friday, May 18th to a sold-out crowd at Foreign Cinema. The goal of the event was to raise additional support and awareness for Larkin Street Youth Services, a social service organization that provides housing, medical, social and educational services to thousands of at-risk, homeless and runaway youth. The event was also a preview of the annual San Francisco Social, the annual fundraiser which is taking place November 10th at the Fairmont.
The 2010 San Francisco Social
By Laura Mason on December 14, 2010 3:35 PM
We at 7×7 are proud to be a part of the 2010 San Francisco Social, a night of dancing, merriment and cocktails that supports KIPP Bay Area Schools, an organization that provides a crucial network of free college-prep schools to underprivileged kids
Taking place this Saturday, December 18th in the Crown Room at the Fairmont Hotel, young philanthropic leaders of the Bay Area can expect glitz and glamour, delicious hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, a silent auction, the tunes of DJ CAMS, and a goodie bag filled with Benefit Cosmetics.
Event donations start at $85, and it all goes to KIPP Bay Area Schools. This remarkable network of schools serves over 2,300 low-income students. With KIPP, 80% of these kids make it to college, compared to only 40% of low-income students on a national level. Over the years, the San Francisco Social has raised tens of thousands of dollars for local charities and now turns its support to KIPP, so keep these partnerships alive by attending this Saturday. See you there!
The 2009 San Francisco Social
On December 18, the 2009 San Francisco Social was held to benefit the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which is the city’s largest public arts institution and include the de Young and the Legion of Honor. Founded by Anderson Pugash, and co-chaired by Kelly Landers and Peter Oberndorf, the social honored the private funding for their operations, art endeavors, and exhibitions.
Founded in 1895 and located in the heart of Golden Gate Park, the de Young is San Francisco’s oldest museum, and their collections include decorative arts, American paintings; arts from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; and western and non-western textiles. The museum is specifically acclaimed for its many educational arts programs for children and adults. Re-built and re-opened in 2005 and designed by architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Mueron, de Young is one of the city’s most beloved museums.
The Legion of Honor is a beautiful building located in San Francisco’s Lincoln Park that was built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge, and all of San Francisco, the Legion’s collections include European decorative arts, paintings, ancient art, and one of country’s finest collections of works on paper including prints, drawings, photographs, and books.
Marin natives behind holiday benefit for philanthropic 20-somethings
Anderson Pugash and Kelly Cregg know how lucky they are to have grown up wealthy in Marin County, with all the opportunities and privileges that brings. And now they feel it’s time for them to give back.
Both are college grads in their 20s who come from prominent Marin families that instilled in them the value of art and music and culture.
Pugash, who’s 23 and grew up in Tiburon, is the founder of the San Francisco Social, an annual holiday season benefit party for philanthropic-minded young people from Marin, San Francisco and the Peninsula.
Set for Dec. 18 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, it’s a benefit for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, namely the de Young and the Legion of Honor. Pugash expects to raise $16,000 to $17,000 for them.
“We are delighted that these young art enthusiasts and supporters have chosen to celebrate the season with an event to benefit the Fine Arts Museums,” said museums director John Buchanan.
Cregg is the 25-year-old daughter of rock star Huey Lewis and his wife, Sidney. She has been on the organizing committee for the social since its inception for years ago.
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