San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner

Saturday, March 14 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Co-chairs Marianne Jackson, Karen Korematsu, and Joshua Reynolds invite you to join us at the annual Facing History San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner. This one of a kind event will celebrate and support Facing History’s work to empower students in the Bay Area and around the world to use knowledge and compassion to stand up to racism and bigotry.

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When & Where

Saturday, March 14, 2020
5:30 PM

Hyatt Regency San Francisco
5 Embarcadero Center, San Francisco

Facing History And Ourselves 2020 San Francisco Upstander Award

George Takei is known around the world for his role in the acclaimed original TV series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But Takei's story, which includes an acting career that spans six decades, goes where few have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in Japanese American internment camps during World War II to becoming one of the country's leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights and marriage equality, Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture.

Takei is the author of five books, including his autobiography To the Stars. His graphic memoir, the New York Times bestseller They Called Us Enemy, was released in July 2019.

Takei has served as the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign’s Coming Out Project and was Cultural Affairs Chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League. He is also chairman emeritus and a trustee of the Japanese American National Museum. He was appointed to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission by former President Clinton and the government of Japan awarded Takei the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contribution to U.S.-Japanese relations.

Mr. Takei's attendance at the benefit is subject to professional conflicts.


Facing History and Ourselves is happy to speak with businesses, foundations, and individuals interested in sponsoring the 2020 San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner. Please contact Hadiya McCullough at 510-786-2500 x226 or [email protected]  for more information on corporate sponsorship opportunities.

Our Work in the San Francisco Bay Area

Facing History and Ourselves gives educators and youth the skills to wrestle with today’s difficult issues through the lens of history. In the San Francisco Bay Area, we support more than 7,500 middle and high school teachers so they can engage over 529,000 students every year.

See a complete list of over 900 participating schools in our region.

San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board

Judy Goldman, Chair*

Ida Abbott
Caretha Coleman*
Edda Collins Coleman*
Asha S. Collins, Ph.D.
Barbara Elsberg
Debra Engel*
Sandra Feldman
Kaye Foster
Diane Holt Frankle
Michael Gallagher
Marina Gorbis
Judy Heyboer**
Marianne Jackson
Vasu Jakkal
Rosemary Kamei
Christopher Lovest
Deborah Mueller
Laura Murawczyk
Joni Podolsky
Barbara Reiss-Snyder
Joshua Reynolds
Joyce Reynolds-Sinclair, Ph.D.
Susie Richardson*
Sue Ann Levin Schiff
Mansi Shah
Connie Shapiro
Paul Sinclair
Alejandra Siroka
Barbara Sonneborn
Sharman Spector-Angel
Barbara Spreng
Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.)
Jayne Williams
Alberto Villaluna
Jane Zinner
Gloria Brown, Emeritus
Dennis Driver, Emeritus
Karen Kronick, Emeritus
Hal Luft, Emeritus

* Board of Directors
**Leadership Council

Contact Us to Get Involved

If you would like more information, please contact Hadiya McCullough at [email protected] or at 510-786-2500 ext. 226.

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