San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Sunday night to celebrate youth agency, voice, and civic engagement in the San Francisco Bay Area!

“With Facing History, my questions started changing from ‘Should I be doing something?’ to ‘Am I doing enough?’...Facing History helps you realize just how powerful you really are.”
-Veronica C., Bay Area Student and 2019 Benefit Dinner Guest Speaker

Together, we are creating a world with more people like Veronica—people who use empathy and critical thinking to guide their choices, and who understand their role in building a more just and humane society.

This dinner is a significant source of support for our programs in the Bay Area and Northern California. Aided by an incredible $100,000 match, we raised $250,000 to provide more than 500,000 students in 1,000 Bay Area schools with Facing History’s vital programs and services! If you have already made a gift, thank you! If not, it’s not too late. 

Help us reach even more students. Make your donation today!

Get Inspired

Student speakers are a highlight of our annual benefit dinner. These three local students inspired us last year with their reading of Home by Warsan Shire.

When & Where

Stay tuned for information on the 2020 San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner!

2019 Featured Speaker

Dolores Huerta, Founder & President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/ Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBTQIA community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.

2019 Sponsors

We would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their generous support of the 2019 San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner.

Platinum Benefactor

Silver Benefactor

Bronze Benefactor

Patron Sponsor

Cupertino Electric  |  Dell Technologies  |  eBay Inc.  |  Facebook
Seven Post Investment  |  Office Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Rouda, Feder, Tietjen & McGuinn  |  Uber

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 6,500 middle and high school teachers so they can engage over 461,000 students every year.

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

San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board

Judy Goldman, Chair*
Connie Shapiro, 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  **
Vasu Jakkal
Evan F.D. Jones
Rosemary Kamei
Christopher Lovest
Hal Luft
Deborah Mueller
Joni Podolsky
Barbara Reiss-Snyder
Joshua Reynolds
Joyce Reynolds-Sinclair, Ph.D.
Susie Richardson*
Sue Ann Levin Schiff
Paul Sinclair
Alejandra Siroka
Barbara Sonneborn
Sharman Spector-Angel
Barbara Spreng
Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.)
Jayne Williams
Jane Zinner
Gloria Brown, Emeritus
Dennis Driver, Emeritus
Karen Kronick, 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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