On April 1, 2011 the Raphael House held a gala to shed light on families experiencing homelessness. This cabaret themed event took place at Bimbo’s 365 Club in the North Beach section of San Francisco, an area known for expansive nightlife and melting pot of culture. This event was ever so applicable in a city with a high rate of homelessness and poverty. The chairs of this gala, which was entitled “One Home, Many Hearts”; Kate Smith and Stephanie Gilmour were joined by the charity’s chair, Claudia Ross.
The event was catered by renowned Chef Paula LeDuc and included silent and live auctions, gambling tables and performances by The Richard Olsen Orchestra.
Tickets for the evening went from $100 for dessert and dancing, to $300 for partaking in the whole evening’s festivities which also included a cocktail hour and sit-down dinner in addition to the evening’s events.
The Raphael House has been helping families in the San Francisco area for forty years. It currently spearheads an endowment campaign that has raised millions of dollars.
Raphael House’s mission is to at-risk families achieve stable housing and financial independence, while strengthening family bonds and personal dignity. This seems like a straight forward statement, but has lasting positive effects.