Attend Holiday Heroes on December 7
wender weis foundation
Wender Weis Foundation for Children
cordially invites you and your family to attend
Holiday Heroes

Monday · December 7 · 2009
5:30PM ~ 8:00PM
at the Golden Gate Club (in the Presidio)

This year the Wender Weis Foundation for Children (WWFC) will introduce “Holiday Heroes” to the Bay Area on December 7, 2009. Held at the charming Golden Gate Club in the San Francisco Presidio, the event will offer children and families the opportunity to meet local sports athletes while enjoying a winter wonderland of children’s games and activities.

WHO: The Wender Weis Foundation for Children
WHAT: Holiday Heroes
WHEN: Monday, December 7th, 2009
4:30 – 5:30 PM, VIP Reception
5:30 – 8:30 PM, Main Event
WHERE: The Golden Gate Club in The Presidio
135 Fisher Loop
San Francisco, CA 94129
Prices range from $185 for 1 adult/ 1 adult & child, and up.
Sponsor one at-risk child to attend for $50.


4:30PM ~ 5:30PM
Hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi & Bret Hedican
(Sponsor Ticket required to attend Sponsor Reception)

The fundraiser will begin at 4:30 PM with a VIP reception for the Wender Weis Foundation’s most generous contributors, with the opportunity to meet and mingle with Bay Area sports and media stars.

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS (so much to do that you want to arrive on time!)

At 5:30 PM the main event will offer a silent auction with over 100 items, as well as caroling, candy house decorating, face painting, and an endless array of activities offering opportunities for children to take home holiday gifts and prizes.

Costumed Characters, including members of the world acclaimed Beach Blanket Babylon
Bay Area Team Mascots · Pop Noggins dance videos with a dvd for each guest to take home
Karaoke · Holiday Treats · Hosted food & beverages from fabulous Bay Area restaurants
Photo Booth courtesy of Party Booths · Face Painting by Sandra & Friends
Arts & Crafts by Sophie’s Stress Free Parties and Susan Mallen · Candy Bar
Silent Auction · Holiday Cookie Decorating · Teddy Bear Stuffing · Gift Bags
Incredible ARCADE PARTY! presented by, including air hockey, video driving
foosball, basketball, Wii, Dance Dance Revolution, pinball and videos—not to be missed!

Plus, a special visit from the North Pole!


Photo & Autograph opportunities with Celebrity Athletes & Media Personalities scheduled to appear:
Jon Alston, Oakland Raiders
Joe Cannon, San Jose Earthquakes
Brandi Chastain, US Olympian
Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers
Patrick Willis, San Francisco 49ers
Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants
Kristi Yamaguchi & Bret Hedican, US Olympian & NHL Great

*Scheduled appearances are subject to change

Proceeds from this year’s Holiday Heroes event will benefit these organizations:

Junior Giants Baseball Program
Always Dream Foundation
49ers Academy
Holy Family Day Home
Raphael House
Ronald McDonald House San Francisco
SF Child Abuse Prevention Center

About the Wender Weis Foundation for Children

The Wender Weis Foundation for Children (WWFC), founded in 1994 by then 23-year-old Stanford University and Northwestern (Kellogg) MBA graduate Amy Wender, is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization committed to assisting at-risk children to develop self-esteem, confidence and a sense of camaraderie. Through local sports and arts programs, children learn self-importance, trust and teamwork, and gain a sense of accomplishment. WWFC partners with organizations that address the emotional and psychological needs of children in crisis as well as their physical needs for shelter and care. WWFC raises funds and awareness for these groups through its annual Holiday Heroes fundraising event.

About the Beneficiaries

Junior Giants Baseball Program
Junior Giants, the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, is a free, non-competitive and innovative baseball program for boys and girls ages 5 to 18 years old. This organization was created as an alternative for Bay Area at-risk kids to drugs, gangs, and crime. The program now serves 15,000 children in 80 leagues across California and into Nevada and Oregon. Through a community-based activity such as baseball, Junior Giants focus on the four bases of development: Confidence, Integrity, Leadership and Teamwork.

49ers Academy
Founded in 1996, the 49ers Academy was created to serve 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from East Palo Alto to achieve educational excellence. The 49ers Academy maximizes the potential of every student by emphasizing self-discipline, respect, and individualized academic attention to help them master core subjects and prepare for high school.

Raphael House
Founded in 1977 by Mrs. Ella Rigney, Rafael House was the first homeless shelter for families in Northern California. Through a “homeowners” approach to social service, Raphael House works with parents and families to lay the foundations for a lifetime of healthy development, achievement and stability. This program provides a residential shelter program, and an after-care program, providing a full service family support center where families can thrive.

Holy Family Day Home
Holy Family Day Home has a long history of providing affordable, high quality, early childhood education and family support services in a stable and nurturing environment, thereby giving the children of working families a sound foundation for lifelong development and hope for a successful future.

San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center
The San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, the promotion of healthy families and the mental health of children. With direct crisis and intervention programs designed to reduce parental stress, enhance parenting skills and provide comprehensive services for families in need, the SF Child Abuse Prevention Center provides open-ended support and help families break the cycle of violence.

For Tickets and/or Sponsorship contact:
Amy Wender-Hoch at 650.321.4142 or

For Press Inquiries contact:
Cross Marketing at 415.986.0342 or

Damion Matthews is the founder and editor of SFLUXE, and has also contributed to Town & Country, 7x7, Salon, Dutch and other national publications.