June 3 was a very special evening for San Francisco when Oscar and Emmy winning actor and director Michael Douglas hosted a Gala evening for San Francisco’s Ploughshares Fund. Douglas, a Ploughshares Board Member, attended the event with his wife Catherine Zeta Jones. He emceed the evening of conversation, which explored the common ground to resolve the conflict with Iran, in addition to other issues. For the first time, Ploughshares brought together leaders from the Jewish-American and Iranian-American communities Jeremy Ben-Ami, president of J Street and Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council. They shared a conversation with Joe Cirincione, president of Ploughshares Fund, about prospects of stopping Iran from developing a nuclear weapon short of war.
In addition to discussing his decades long passion to stop nuclear proliferation, Douglas offered a great speech about his movies The Game, Basic Insticnt and more. He also talked about his connection with San Francisco, and his plans to return in August to film Ant-Man with Paul Ruud. The program was capped by a surprise video sent by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanking Michael Douglas for his humanitarian efforts. The evening helped raise awareness and funds for Ploughshares Fund and its efforts to end the global threats from nuclear weapons.