Event photography by Tony Bear! except where indicated
Hundreds attend gala, thousands of dollars raised for tenant supportive services
Thursday, September 14, 2017, Mission Housing Development Corporation transformed the Laborers Local 261 Hall in San Francisco into a fun environment that entertained scores of professionals, community advocates, and friends of the affordable housing movement.
The Mission Housing Gala, Silent Auction and Community Awards fundraising event celebrated the organization’s 46 years of building and managing affordable housing in San Francisco. Funds raised from sponsorships and ticket sales are still being tallied. Net proceeds will add to The Mission Housing Tenant Health, Wellness and Community Fund, which sustains important no-cost, voluntary on-site supportive services provided to occupants of the 100% affordable housing sites operated by Mission Housing.
The party gets started
“Tonight we celebrate our residents, and our neighbors,” said Sam Moss, Executive Director of Mission Housing, in comments to open the festivities. “Mission Housing has come a long way in 46 years, and we still have a long way to go as we fight to keep San Francisco affordable for as many people as possible.”
The event opened with a cocktail hour, where attendees socialized while enjoying passed appetizers, wine, and stationed dinners. Fogcutter catered the service.
Recognitions, acknowledgements and awards
Joshua Arce, chair of the Mission Housing Board of Directors, opened the award ceremony by thanking those in attendance, and introducing fellow board members.
“We are very grateful for all the support we’ve received from our sponsors and from everyone here,” said Arce. “Thanks to you, we’ve exceeded our fundraising goal!”
Arce shared recognitions sent from the offices of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and state Board of Equalization Board Member Fiona Ma. Arce also acknowledged a few of the elected officials who attended the gala, including District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who delivered a proclamation from the Board of Supervisors declaring September 14, 2017 as “Mission Housing Development Corporation Day.”
District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy took the podium, and read certificates signed by the Board of Supervisors honoring Mission Housing for 46 years of service to the people of San Francisco. Sheehy also presented Moss with a certificate recognizing his six years of leadership at the organization.
Then, Moss and Marcía Contreras, Director of Operations and Resident Services for Mission Housing, introduced the two community leaders recognized at the event.
Dr. Estela Garcia, Executive Director of Instituto Familiar de la Raza (IFR), was unable to attend the ceremony while on medical leave. Accepting the award on her behalf was IFR’s Board President Tyrone Navarro.
Former Mission Housing board member Pete Gallegos, while receiving his award, commented on the beginnings of Mission Housing, and encouraged everyone to continue “…fighting the good fight.” Contreras then brought Mission Housing Office Manager and Operations Assistant Ana Torres to the stage, and surprised her with an award recognizing 30 years of service to Mission Housing.
The fun begins!
After the comments, DJ Ruben Palma Jr. energized the crowd with popular music, and dancing ensued!
One of the most popular features of the gala: A “photo booth,” where party-goers posed with construction-themed props and garb before a green screen. The finished photos showed the portrait subjects super-imposed over scenes from current and future Mission Housing developments. The booth was provided by Giggle and Riot.
“This event celebrates our successes and honors those who make them possible,” Moss said.
The gala is the third Mission Housing fundraiser planned and coordinated by Contreras and Mission Housing staff, with the assistance of Michelle Barrionuevo-Mazzini. Her company, MB Wedding Design and Events, is a boutique planning and design company servicing Northern California, Southern California, Hawaii and destinations worldwide.
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