San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner - Canceled

Our work to confront bigotry and hate remains. We still need your support.

The San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner has been canceled.

Out of concern for everyone’s health and safety, Facing History and Ourselves has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner scheduled for March 14, 2020.

However, the critical need to fund and expand our work to confront bigotry and hate remains. Our annual benefit dinner is an opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate our teachers and students, and to renew our commitment to this work.

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Honorees & Facing History and Ourselves 2020 San Francisco Upstander Award Recipients

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.

Mitch Kapor is a pioneer of the personal computing industry, and an entrepreneur, investor and advocate for social change. He is a Founding Partner at Kapor Capital and invests in seed-stage startups.
In 1982, Mitch founded Lotus Development Corporation and designed the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet. He co-founded the Electronic Frontier Foundation and was the founding chair of Mozilla. He serves on the boards of Bitwise, Blokable, and Promise all in the Kapor Capital portfolio.
Freada Kapor Klein, Ph.D. has focused on workplace diversity and inclusion for decades, having started the first group in the U.S. to focus on sexual harassment in 1976, and currently serving on the Hollywood Commission.
She founded SMASH in 2002, now on 10 campuses, to provide access to STEM education for low-income high school students of color. As a Founding Partner at Kapor Capital, Freada invests in seed-stage tech startups that close gaps of access, opportunity, or outcome for low-income communities and communities of color. 


We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2020 San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner.

Silver Benefactor

Bronze Benefactor

Patron Sponsors

FireEye  |  Seven Post Investment  |  Silicon Valley Community Foundation

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
Diane Holt Frankle
Michael Gallagher
Marina Gorbis
Barbara Harriman
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*
Mansi Shah
Connie Shapiro**
Paul Sinclair
Alejandra Siroka
Barbara Sonneborn
Sharman Spector-Angel
R. Zachary Wasserman
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 x226.

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