This month’s social calendar

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

October 4

Shanti Project, the San Francisco-based nonprofit that provides volunteer-based emotional and practical support for those living with life-threatening or chronic illnesses, hosts its 44th Anniversary Benefit Dinner at the iconic Palace Hotel. The event features a silent and live auction, hosted wine bar, dinner and remarks from community champions. Honorary co-chairs James C. Hormel and U.S. Ambassador and Michael P. Nguyen-Hormel helm the festivities.

October 4-14

This year’s Mill Valley Film Festival features tributes, galas and screenings benefiting the California Film Institute, and appearances from industry notables like Paul Dano, Carey Mulligan, Rosamund Pike and more.

Mill Valley Film Festival

October 6

Horizons Foundation, an innovative community foundation known for its dedication to the LGBTQ+ community, will be honoring Gavin Grimm and Jewelle Gomez at the Horizons Foundation’s Annual Gala and After Party October 6. Guests will enjoy a cocktail party, dinner, and program in the Fairmont Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, all followed by an epic after party at the Tonga Room. General tickets are $300 and sponsorship go up to $25,000.

October 10

Any time there’s plentiful food and entertainment in the name of a good cause, it’s a great thing. On October 10, the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) hosts its annual Celebrity Pool Toss at the Phoenix Hotel/Chambers Eat + Drink to benefit the organization’s programs for kids and families. Single tickets are $125, while sponsorships go up to $50,000.

SF Achievers will celebrate its 10-year anniversary at The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, honoring two local lions — Henry F. Safrit and Ken McNeely. Honorary chairs Fred Blackwell, Anette Harris, Gretchen Kimball and Fran Streets will oversee the festivities, beginning at 6 p.m. SF Achievers provides support, mentoring and college scholarships to African-American male high school students in the SFUSD. NHG sponsored.

October 11-20

According to the too-true sentiment on Litquake 2018’s website, words matter. This year’s 10-day festival will celebrate the beauty, power, and importance of literary art through a series of events taking place at 160 various venues. Speakers include Michael Chabon (pictured), Amy Tan and Armistead Maupin. The kicker? Most events are completely free. NHG sponsored.

Michael Chabon by Benjamin Tice Smith

October 11-14

Now in its 37th year, the San Francisco Fall Art and Antiques Show brings the best furniture, jewelry, textiles, paintings, prints and so much more to Fort Mason. Show chair Suzanne Tucker, along with honorary chair Carolyne Roehmand designers and artisans circle chair Geoffrey De Sousa, will host over 60 dealers who will be selling their wares to benefit Enterprise for Youth, a nonprofit empowering young people to prepare for and discover career opportunities. NHG sponsored.

October 13

For 100 years, San Francisco’s Save the Redwoods League has dedicated itself to protecting California’s giant sequoia and coast redwood forests. What better way to celebrate those efforts than with a centennial gala in Union Square? Master of ceremonies Lee Cowan of “CBS Sunday Morning” will oversee the evening’s epic programming, which will include live entertainment from Mickey Hart, Bob Weir and Friends with special guest John Mayer.

October 18

Holy Family Day Home hosts Light Up the Night, a gala intended to further its efforts in the fight for academic equity. Chaired by Anne and Kevin Ryan, the evening begins for VIP guests with a reception at Credo accompanied by honored guest Mayor London Breed, followed by a super silent auction, seated dinner and live auction in the Julia Morgan Ballroom. Proceeds from Light Up the Night will go toward improving the experience for the 154 students that Holy Family serves. For more information, visit

HairToStay on the Runway is a fashion show fundraiser to benefit cancer patients. The annual event taking place at the JCCSF aims to raise $500,000 — a sum that would provide scalp cooling for at least 500 women and men. Models will be sporting fashions by MAC (Modern Apparel Clothing) and Mr. David Couture, and Hector Estrada Salon will be styling. Jan Yanehirowill serve as master of ceremonies, and UCSF’s Hope Rugo and Laura Esserman will present between an array of culinary delights, a raffle, live auction, music and more.

La Casa de las Madres, the San Francisco organization that provides aid to domestic-violence victims, will be celebrating over 40 years of service with the redHOT* 2018.

October 26

Family House’s gala, Fall Fest, will celebrate 37 years of Family House and honor philanthropic partner Okta at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. The fundraiser will benefit patient families undergoing treatment at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.

October 27

The Palace Hotel will host an elegant evening, all for a good cause on October 27 when The Arthritis Foundation presents Bone Bash 2018 — An Evening in Disguise. Guests are invited to don Venetian masks and enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auctions and honoree presentations. NHG sponsored.

November 3

Bimbo’s 365 Club will host 40 ANNI!, the Museo Italo Americano’s 40th Anniversary celebration from 6-11 p.m., co-chaired by Sandra Bagnatori and James Sangiacomo. The expected 325 gala guests will enjoy a festive reception, high-end raffle and seated dinner followed by dancing to the tunes of DJ Terry Cole of The Spinheads. The Museo Italo Americano presents art exhibitions by Italian and Italian-American artists as well as historical exhibitions about Italy and the Italian-American experience. Tickets ($250) and sponsorships (starting at $1,000) are available at or by contacting Susan Filippo at [email protected] or 415-673-2200.

The National Kidney Foundation will celebrate three long decades of honoring esteemed Bay Area authors in the name of kidney disease awareness with their San Francisco Authors Luncheon on November 3. The event will take place at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will feature the likes of Tina Brown, Andrew Sean Greer, Lisa McCubbin, Susan Orlean, Bill Petrocelli, LeUyen Pham and Evan and Sarah Rich. Co-chaired by Sheila Gordon and Jessica L. Bier, the luncheon will give guests and opportunity to meet and greet these critically acclaimed authors at the beginning and end of the event. Individual tickets are $145; individual tables are $1,450; and table sponsorships begin at $2,500. For more information visit

November 7

The ARCS Foundation (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) will be hosting its annual Scholar Awards Celebration on November 7, this time toasting to 60 years of service. Co-chairs Laine Buckingham, Sallie Huntting and Deborah Mann, along with honorary chair Donna Casey, will be hosting the Ritz-Carlton event, which features a reception, dinner and programming to honor this year’s scholars. Tickets are $250 – $2,500. NHG sponsored.

November 7-11

The Napa Valley Film Festival returns November 7-11 with an impressive lineup of over 90 independent films, sneak previews, panels, awards and more. Since 2009, the Cinema Napa Valley has celebrated the cinematic arts through the annual festival and year-round education and outreach programs. Five-day festival passes start at $285, and Patron Circle VIP experiences are priced between $2,500 to $25,000. 

Napa Valley Film Festival

November 16

Bay Scholars will welcome more than 300 guests for its 5th annual luncheon, Giving Thanks by Giving Back. The afternoon is intended to continue the conversation around the critical value of education equity by diving deep into the importance of college prep education and the work being done by Bay Scholars to raise support for its students. Past speakers of this event include Janet Napolitano and U.S. senator Dianne Feinstein. For further details, visit or contact executive director Caitlin Curran Kavanagh at [email protected]

Photo by Annie Barnett