GLIDE’s 8th installment of the Legacy Gala welcomed over 800 guests and honored three luminaries with the 2017 Legacy Awards for their social impact on the San Francisco community and their commitment to the GLIDE organization. This year’s event, keeping up its reputation of the most established and well-attended young professional gala in SF, made its first appearance at the San Francisco Design Center Galleria on August 5, 2017. The swanky soirée raised over $110K for all GLIDE programs, with an emphasis on GLIDE’s Harm Reduction & HIV/Hep-C Prevention Program.

The inspiring awardees that graced the stage this year were Shiza Shahid, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of the Malala Fund, who received the Janice Mirikitani Award; Shaka Senghor, Prison Reform Activist and Best-Selling Author, was presented the Reverend Cecil Williams Award; and last, but not least Gregory Kloehn, creator of homes for the homeless, was presented with the Community Hero Award.

Delectable morsels were offered via passed hor d’oeuvres, assorted platters, and tasting stations from San Francisco’s Hottest Restaurants: BaoDaown GastroBar, Black Bark BBQ, Bob’s Steak & Chop House, The Brixton, Casa Sanchez, Farallon, GLIDE Meals Program’s Famous Fried Chicken, Hot Cookie, Mourad, Pa’ina Restaurant & Lounge, Petiti Pot, Taverna Aventine, and Woodhouse Fish Company. Lagunitas and Leghorn Winery provided beer and wine for the evening with Campari returning as our exclusive spirits sponsor! Guests also enjoyed activities in the form of Jenga, Cornhole, and Tarot Card Readings; and musical performances from the internationally renowned GLIDE Ensemble and the Change Band, under the musical direction of Clifford Coulter and Vernon Bush, ending the night with dance-worthy beats from DJ KingMost.

Special thanks to Bright Party Rentals, GBS Linens, the GLIDE Legacy Committee, McCune, Musson Theatrical, Perry’s Beverage Service, ShadyLady Lighting, SFDC Galleria staff, in addition to all the wonderful volunteers that donated their time.

Photos by Colson Griffith Photography –