Week in Review: Bruno Mars Draws VIPs to UCSF Benioff Concert, Goldie Hawn is Gorgeous in Green

We survived another Dreamforce, which gets better—and bigger—each year. A concert by Bruno Mars on Civic Center Plaza, part of the four days of innovativeness and benefitting UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, drew a slew of boldface names and highlighted the past week of haute events, which included Goldie Hawn at the Global Green USA’s Gorgeous & Green gala and the Museum of the African Diaspora’s 9th annual gala. For an up close look at the week that was, read on:

Bruno Mars at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Concert

Photography by Drew Altizer Photography

Tech titans, sports stars, real estate honchos and political heavyweights were among the VIPs at The Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, featuring Bruno Mars, on Oct. 14 at City Hall and Civic Center Plaza. The evening, underwritten by the Salesforce.com Foundation, began with a cocktail program followed by a program where Mark R. Laret, CEO of UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, presented the Colin Powell Courage Award to 15-year-old Audrey Price.

Angel investor Ron Conway held court in the Ron Conway Lounge while Aldon Smith of the San Francisco 49ers and Justin Tuck of the Oakland Raiders mingled nearby and CAKE provided entertainment. Guests, who ranged from children to grandparents, adjoined to the Plaza for Mars’ concert followed by an after-party concert featuring MC Hammer and will.i.am.

The concert, combined with the funds raised from the last four concerts, has generated more than $26 million in funding. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco is set to open Feb. 1, 2015 in Mission Bay.

Goldie Hawn is Gorgeous in Green

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Goldie Hawn

Photo Credit: Drew Altizer Photography

Goldie Hawn, Vanessa Hudgens and beau Austin Butler, and Navid Negahban were among the glitterati to turn out for Global Green USA’s dazzling Gorgeous & Green Gala – Emerald City –  at the LEED-certified Bently Reserve in San Francisco on Oct. 10. The glamorous sold-out event was a spectacular evening uniting numerous eco-conscious celebrities and Bay Area luminaries, including Catt Sadler, Louise Roe, Shoshana Bean, Paul Hipp, Christopher Bently and Les McCabe, President and CEO of GGUSA.

After a gourmet dinner created by Parke Ulrich, Executive Chef of Epic Roasthouse and Waterbar, Michelin 2-star Executive Chef Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn and Cavallo Point Executive Pastry Chef Ethan Howard, Bean, best known for playing Elphaba on Broadway in the musical Wicked, performed for the chic crowd dressed in green before models clad in eco-friendly fashions waltzed down a catwalk during the fashion show curated and styled by Lily Achtaz.

The event, co-chaired by Zem Joaquin, Nadine Weil, Bently and Wendy Schmidt, raised over $400,000 for the organization which was also celebrating its 20th anniversary. It’s worth noting that the entire Emerald City gala was a target zero waste event.

MoAD 2.0

Photography by Drew Altizer Photography

Linda Dunham, Randall Kline, Richard Mayhew and Anna Deavere Smith were honored at the Museum of the African Diaspora‘s 9th annual gala, MoAD 2.0: Shared Journeys, on Oct. 11 at the Four Seasons. Carolyn Tyler, anchor/reporter for ABC/7 News, shimmered in silver as she emceed the elegant evening, co-chaired by Wilkes Bashford and Deborah Santana. Honorary co-chairs Hon. Willie Brown and Brenda Wright, Mayor Ed Lee, Mark Leno, London Breed, Malia Cohen

The museum, at 685 Million Street and an affiliate of the Smithsonian, re-opens in December.


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