The 2016 GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam took place on November 30th and made its first ever appearance at The Masonic venue. The iconic event celebrated the lives of Reverend Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani and was themed “Walk That Walk” since Reverend Williams’ often used this phrase in the mid-1960s to inspire people to take action – not just talk – for all those struggling with hunger, homelessness, and disenfranchisement. The all-star line up and generous sponsorships helped raised well over a staggering $2 million for Mo’s Kitchen (home to GLIDE’s Daily Meals Program) as well as several more of the organization’s key services to the community.
Featured performances included musician, filmmaker, and humanitarian Michael Franti; legendary percussionist Sheila E.; Soul-Train Awardee and R&B artist Goapele; jazz and cabaret singer Paula West; The Doobie Brothers founder/lead singer Tom Johnston and bassist John Cowan joined by vocalist Lara Johnston; Urban Jazz Dance Company’s Antoine Hunter; a special performance from The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus; the GLIDE Ensemble and The Change Band; along with Mistress of Ceremonies Renel Brooks-Moon.
The night was full of surprises and memorable moments, including the announcement of the GLIDE Legacy Movement, which will be launched in early 2017. Well wishes and holiday greetings came from several prominent friends of GLIDE, including a tribute from U2 frontman Bono. Lavish hors d’oeuvres were provided during pre-concert and intermission receptions by some of San Francisco’s hottest restaurants/caterers including Epic Roasthouse, John’s Grill, Taste Catering, Liholiho, Farallon, Twenty Five Lusk, Prospect, Tout Sweet, Mission Minis and Cumaica Coffee. VIP guests enjoyed a full sit down dinner catered by Global Gourmet, Black Bark BBQ and, of course, GLIDE Meals Program.
Special thanks to Denise Lamott PR, Impact Lighting, Jean Tsang, Live Nation, The Masonic, SMZ Consulting, and Sound on Stage. More information on this beautiful event can be found in features published by Red Carpet Bay Area as well as San Francisco Magazine.