The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter lit up the night during its annual Paint the Town Red Gala on Saturday, March 6 at San Francisco City Hall. The spectacular evening dazzled the Bay Area philanthropic and corporate community, bringing together more than 450 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 select wines courtesy of Gallo Family Vineyards. The cocktail reception sparkled 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 like Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Anne and Craig Stoll of Delfina.
At 8 p.m. guests were treated to an elegant three-course dinner catered by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering in the North Light Court. The gourmet spread was complimented by a rousing live auction where guests bid on fabulous items including a five-day guided Kenyan safari, an Australian adventure, a Miro lithograph, and a dinner of a lifetime prepared by Ryan Scott and other former contestants of Bravo TV’s “Top Chef.” The evening raised more than $370,000 to support Red Cross programs and services in the Bay Area.
After dinner, the evening carried on as guests danced the night away to the music of Livewire. Dominic Phillips Event Marketing transformed City Hall to create an elegant ambiance for a perfect evening of celebration.
The 2010 Paint the Town Red Gala committee was co-chaired by Roberta Economidis and Kelly Murphy, both long-time supporters of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. Also celebrating were committee members: Gwyneth Borden, Natasha Chalmers, Ali Cox, Chris Contos, Kelly Grimes, Elizabeth Grillos, Krista Hankinson, Macaire Kilkenny, Ye-Hui Lu, Sarah Lewis, Lindsey Lucero, Kathryn Pellegrini Inglin, Lillian Phan, Kristina Pollak, Michelle Marie Ritchie, Donna Siegel, Adam Steinhorn and Jessica Swan.
Among some of the event’s notable guests were representatives from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Madagascar, Mauritius, the Philippines, Singapore, the Slovak Republic and the United Kingdom, along with American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter board chair Susan Atherton and CEO Harold Brooks.
This year’s gala was sponsored in part by generous donations from lead sponsors Citibank and Wells Fargo.