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Holiday Heroes Hits Home Run

Photos by Devlin Shand, Susana Bates, and Ando Caulfield for Drew Altizer

Hunter Pence, Nathan Hoch and Alexis Pence

The Wender Weis Foundation for Children transformed AT&T Park into a winter wonderland once more for Holiday Heroes, the annual holiday celebration that aims to uplift children and their families by bringing Bay Area sports legends to the field. This year, former Giants right fielder Hunter Pence and his spouse, Alexis Pence, were honored with the Inspiration Award for their dedicated work to end childhood hunger in the U.S. through No Kid Hungry. Williams-Sonoma’s Jean Armstrong was also honored with the inaugural Community Philanthropy Award.

A few other sports stars spreading cheer? Let’s name names: 49ers Solomon Thomas, Ricky Watters, and Ian Williams, along with Raiders Jason Cabinda and Kelechi Osmele. Olympic gold medalist and women’s basketball legend Jennifer Azzi was also on the field. Azzi’s long list of accolades include Stanford national champion, former head coach of the University of San Francisco’s women’s basketball team, and a celebrated WNBA career with the Detroit Shock and Utah Starzz turned San Antonio Silver Stars.

Date: December 4

Location: AT&T Park

Attendees: 1,500 guests

Sports teams: SF Giants, SF 49ers, Oakland Raiders, San Jose Earthquakes

Cause: Inspiring underserved children and their families

Impact: More than 400 children benefited 

Michelle Gilman Jasen and Marie Hurabiell
Dennis Brown and Ricky Watters
Stephen Revetria, Elizabeth Revetria, Alessandra Revetria and Bernardo Revetria
Hooman Khalili, Kathy Sittnick, Joy Boatwright and Pete Sittnick
Amy Gutierrez
John Hoch and Amy Wender-Hoch
Maria Hemphill and Michelle Harris
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