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BAY AREA COMMUNITY PAINTED THE TOWN RED AT ANNUAL AMERICAN RED CROSS BAY AREA GALA
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American Red Cross of Bay Area
 
March 2, 2009
The American Red Cross Bay Area lit up the night during its annual Paint the Town Red Gala on Saturday, February 28 at San Francisco City Hall. The spectacular evening enchanted the Bay Area philanthropic and corporate community, bringing together more than 400 guests in a show of support for Red Cross disaster readiness and relief efforts in the Bay Area.
 
The festivities commenced at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Rotunda with a cocktail reception featuring hors d’ oeuvres, a vodka bar sponsored by GREY GOOSE® Vodka and selected wines courtesy of Gallo Family Vineyards. The cocktail reception bubbled with a vibrant crowd of fashionable guests mingling and taking advantage of the opportunity to support the Red Cross by bidding on silent auction items, including “celebrity survival kits” donated by local personalities such as Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Harry Denton, Gary Danko and other notables, featuring items they wouldn’t want to live without, such as the American flag from the recent presidential inauguration in Speaker Pelosi’s kit.
 
At 8 p.m. guests were treated to an elegant three-course dinner in the North Light Court.   Dinner was complimented by a rousing live auction where guests bid on such items as a private dance lesson with multi-platinum recording artist MC Hammer, an original Pablo Picasso lithograph, a five-day guided safari in Kenya, and a six-course meal prepared by Ryan Scott and other former contestants of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” show. The silent and live auctions raised more than $140,000 to support Red Cross programs and services in the Bay Area.
 
After dinner, the evening carried on into the Rotunda where guests danced the night away to the music of 10-piece band Big City Revue. Dominic Phillips Event Marketing staged the City Hall venue to create an elegant ambiance for a perfect evening of celebration.

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