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7th Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala
Date Saturday August 13
Time 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Location Details
The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94109
Event Type Fundraiser
Organizer/AuthorDenise Lamott
The Bay Area’s young professionals and philanthropists will gather to honor and celebrate three important individuals at the 7th Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala on August 13 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. This year’s gala will award Felicia Horowitz, philanthropist and human rights advocate, with the Janice Mirikitani Award; Van Jones, President and Co-Founder of Dream Corps and CNN Political Contributor, with the Reverend Cecil Williams Award; and Sarah Shourd, author, educator, and prisoner rights advocate, with the Community Hero Award.

This formal (black-tie optional) affair is one of The City’s most established and well-attended young professional fundraising events. With more than 1,000 guests, the evening will feature musical performances from the GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band along with the cool beats of DJ KingMost, hosted bar and delicious bites from some of San Francisco's preeminent restaurants.

“We are thrilled that our vision has planted seeds with this young generation of philanthropists. The Legacy Gala embodies GLIDE’s spirit and passion for social change,” said GLIDE Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation Reverend Cecil Williams. “It is wonderful to see how much this event has grown and how many people it continues to inspire. I am delighted to see so many young people supporting GLIDE as we move into the next fifty years,” said GLIDE Co-Founder, Janice Mirikitani.

In addition to the evening’s festivities, the GLIDE Legacy Committee will host an online auction fundraiser on eBay featuring a variety of unique items that offer the ultimate in music, food, travel, sports and lifestyle experiences from San Francisco and beyond. The auction will run August 13–23 and can be found at

The GLIDE Legacy Gala raises funds for programs of the GLIDE Foundation so that GLIDE can continue to provide innovative and comprehensive services to the poor and marginalized in the San Francisco community. Tickets are $85 for General Admission and $150 for VIP, and are available at Eventbrite. A VIP ticket includes a meet-and-greet with Rev. Williams and Ms. Mirikitani, one-hour-early entry (7:00–8:00 pm), special access to VIP areas, and premium access to specialty cocktails and small bites. Last year’s event was a sellout. This event is produced by White Rain Productions. For more information about the Legacy Gala, please call (415) 674-6060 or email youngprofessionals [at]

Event Sponsors include: ATKearney, SurveyMonkey, Zendesk, First Republic Bank, The Laguna House, McKesson Corporation, Ubisoft, and San Francisco magazine.


For more than fifty years, GLIDE has worked to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization. Located in the culturally rich Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, GLIDE serves a diverse cross-section of homeless, low-income and disenfranchised program participants, providing a comprehensive set of programs including: free meals; HIV/Hep C testing and counseling; housing assistance; domestic violence counseling and abatement; substance abuse recovery; licensed childcare; afterschool and summer programs for youth; a resource center for families; free legal services; and access to free primary and behavioral health care. GLIDE has founded and sustained visionary programming, and achieved tangible results for tens of thousands of individuals and families on the margins, all once thought to be beyond the possible.

About the GLIDE Legacy Committee
The GLIDE Legacy Committee was established in 2009 by a group of young professionals who recognized an opportunity to spread the message and mission of GLIDE to their communities. The Legacy Committee’s goal is to inspire a new generation of Bay Area change-makers to continue GLIDE’s legacy of unconditional love, breaking the cycles of poverty and marginalization.

About Felicia Horowitz
Felicia Horowitz is the 2016 recipient of the Janice Mirikitani Legacy Award. A philanthropist, human rights advocate and beloved member of the GLIDE family, Felicia dedicates her life’s work to the underserved. She is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ rights, food justice, harm reduction and violence prevention. Through her work with the American Jewish World Service, she has served marginalized communities abroad, including sex workers in Cambodia, transgender communities in Uganda, people without water rights in Bolivia and the disenfranchised Haitians in the Dominican Republic. Bridging the divides, she unites people across technology, community and culture through insightful conversations and inclusive experiences.

About Van Jones
Van Jones is the President and Co-Founder of Dream Corps. Current initiatives, #cut50, #YesWeCode, and Green For All create innovative solutions to, as he says, "close the prison doors, open the doors of opportunity, into a new green economy." A Yale-educated attorney, Van has written two New York Times Bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs; and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives. Van is a correspondent for CNN and regular guest on political talk shows. In 2009, Van worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.
About Sarah Shourd
Currently based in Oakland, CA, Sarah Shourd is an author, prisoner rights advocate, Contributing Editor at Solitary Watch and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley. Sarah was held as a political hostage by the Iranian government in 2009–2010. She was captured, along with her two companions, while hiking near the unmarked Iran/Iraq border in semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan while on a weeklong trip from her home in Damascus, Syria. Sarah was held incommunicado in solitary confinement for 410 days before being released, without a trial or any evidence shown against her, by President Ahmadinejad on “compassionate grounds,” a move designed to ease international pressure against the Iranian government. She now writes, speaks and advocates against the use of prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. She’s written for The New York Times, CNN, Mother Jones, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Huffington Post and is a regular contributor for Daily Beast. Shourd co-authored a memoir A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran. She also co-edited the anthology Hell is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement. Her play The Box premiered at Z Space in San Francisco in July 2016.

Seventh Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala to Honor Three Community Leaders
An evening to benefit GLIDE’s programs and honor three luminaries who embody GLIDE’s values: Felicia Horowitz, Van Jones and Sarah Shourd.

Featuring musical entertainment by the inspirational GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band, and the hip beats of DJ KingMost, a hosted bar, and hors d'oeuvres from some of San Francisco’s preeminent restaurants.

The Regency Ballroom, 1300 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco

Saturday, August 13, 2016
8pm to midnight, VIP entry 7–8 pm

Hosted by: GLIDE Legacy Committee
Honorees include:
Felicia Horowitz, philanthropist and human rights advocate
Van Jones, CNN Political Contributor and founder and leader of numerous social enterprises engaged in social and environmental justice
Sarah Shourd, author and prisoner rights advocate, Contributing Editor at Solitary Watch, and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley
GLIDE Co-Founder and Minister of Liberation Reverend Cecil Williams
GLIDE Co-Founder Janice Mirikitani
Entertainment from the GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band and DJ KingMost

General Admission Ticket: $85, includes access to reception, dancing and concert with
hosted bar and delicious bites provided by popular local restaurants.

VIP Ticket: $150 includes a meet-and-greet with GLIDE founders Reverend Cecil
Williams and Janice Mirikitani, one-hour early entry from 7:00-8:00 pm, special access to
VIP areas, and premium access to specialty cocktails and small bites.

Discount Package: $150 ($170 value) for two General Admission tickets and $280 ($300
value) for two VIP tickets, through August 1st.

Tickets available at Eventbrite

For more information about the Legacy Gala, please call (415) 674-6060 or email
youngprofessionals [at] For more information about GLIDE, please call (415)
674-6060 or visit
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