On April 6, the Concourse Exhibition Center in San Francisco’s design district was transformed into a stunning sea of red during the 2013 Red Cross Gala – ‘Hope by Design,’ hosted by the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. This year’s theme reflected the fact that due to the American Red Cross when disaster strikes, we will have hope, not by accident, but by design.
Exquisite tablescapes were created exclusively for the event by 26 Bay Area designers that drew on this theme. The annual gala benefits the local Red Cross disaster readiness and response efforts that spread hope in the local community. The evening was presented by Dignity Health, Wells Fargo Bank, and Kaiser Permanente. Guests experienced a spectacular musical performance by eight-time Grammy award-winning R&B icon Gladys Knight, underwritten by Dignity Health and McKesson.
Co-chaired by Susan Atherton and Gwyneth Borden, this year’s Red Cross Gala was the most successful on record for the American Red Cross Bay Area, with a total of $1.3 million for relief and response efforts for the local community. More than 800 members of the Bay Area philanthropic and corporate community celebrated the dedication of the American Red Cross and its local volunteers with festivities that included cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, Gladys Knight concert, and dancing.
Lloyd Dean, President and CEO of Dignity Health, was presented the 2013 Humanitarian CEO of the Year Award for his commitment to providing immediate humanitarian assistance to those in need. A moving tribute to Lloyd featured speeches by his son and daughter, Pat Callahan, Chief Administrative Officer at Wells Fargo, Bernard Tyson, incoming CEO at Kaiser Permanente, Elizabeth Shih, Chief Administrative Officer of Dignity Health, and Honorary co-chairs Honorable Willie L. Brown Jr. and Michael Covarrubias.
Also in attendance were Mark Adkins, President of San Francisco Chronicle, fashion icon Wilkes Bashford, Anthony Earley, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President of PG&E, John Hammergren, Chairman, President, and CEO of McKesson, Wayne Jordan, Founder of Jordan Real Estate Investments, Jerry Kennelly, CEO of Riverbed Technology, Marc Loupe, Chief Financial Officer of Sage North America, Rick Welts, President and COO of Golden State Warriors, John Stumpf, Chairman of Wells Fargo & Company, Rowland Weinstein, owner of Weinstein Gallery, and Dr. Janice and Jonathan Zakin.
Upon entering the Exhibition Center, guests were greeted by the Wells Fargo Stagecoach and two Audi vehicles that quickly became popular attractions during the cocktail reception. Guests enjoyed signature cocktails sponsored by Patron and wine and sparkling wine provided by Wente Vineyards and Gallo Family Wines. Once seated, guests enjoyed a beautifully crafted three-course dinner by McCall’s as they watched the live auction.