San Francisco Parks Trust and SF Rec and Parks Host Annual Party for the Parks
SF Philanthropists Spearhead Efforts to Raise Funds for Parks
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT) in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) hosted Party for the Parks today, an annual fundraiser gala for San Francisco parks. The event took place at the newly renovated Carrousel and Koret Children’s Quarter Playground in Golden Gate Park.
In addition, Party for the Parks celebrated not only the 40-year anniversary of SFPT, but also the launch of the San Francisco Parks Alliance—a bigger, stronger, more effective parks organizations formed by combining SFPT and the Neighborhood Parks Council.
The event was a lively Friday evening featuring rides on the historic Golden Gate Park Carrousel, carnival fun and games, and signature cocktails, followed by a sumptuous buffet by McCalls Catering. Late-night dancing with DJ Spider, dessert, and a Ten-Minute Live Auction of a few priceless, one-of-a-kind park experiences concluded the evening.
Last year’s event raised nearly $400,000 for important projects, such as the restoration of Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park, equipment for recreation centers, and support for maintenance in parks throughout the City. RPD and SFPT have remained focused on providing clean, safe, and fun park experiences and recreational programming to the public.
Honorary Chairs for the event included Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Park Commission President Mark Buell, and the Host Committee included co-chairs Lana Adair, Paige Arata, Connie Goodyear Baron, Meg Bertero, Nancy Conner, Christine Gardner, and Ally Gwozdz.