Holiday Heroes at AT&T December 7th
John Hoch and Amy Wender-Hoch (Founder, Wender Weis Foundation Children) with Paul and Susan Duryea (Holiday Heroes Honorary Co-Chairs)

The Wender Weis Foundation For Children recently gathered at Le Club with members of their Holiday Heroes Host Committee and guests in anticipation of the upcoming Holiday Heroes fundraiser, which is scheduled on December 7th, 2010 at AT&T Park.

Amy Wender-Hoch (Founder, Wender Weis Foundation For Children) and Susan Duryea (Holiday Heroes Honorary Co-Chairs)

Champagne, and delicious hors d’oeuvres were enjoyed by all as they mingled in Le Club’s intimate Nob Hill setting, celebrating the upcoming event.

Rosemary Baker, Carla Zuber and Patricia Ferrin Loucks (Holiday Heroes Co-Chairs) and Susan Duryea (Holiday Heroes Honorary Chairs)

Known as the “ultimate holiday party for all ages”, the Holiday Heroes party benefits several Bay Area children’s charities.

This year’s beneficiaries include the Junior Giants Baseball, flagship program of the Giant’s Community Fund, the Always Dream Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Rafael House and the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center.

Dave and Theresa McGanney with Christopher Zuber (Holiday Heroes Co-Chair)

Celebrity Chairs U.S. Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi and her husband, NFL Hockey Great, Bret Hedican, and U.S. Olympian Brandi Chastain join Patricia Ferrin Loucks and Charles Loucks and Carla Zuber and Christopher Zuber again as event co-chairs.

Local sports celebrities from the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and San Francisco Giants, to be announced soon, will also join in the festivities. Susan Solinsky Duryea and Paul Duryea and Lori Puccinelli Stern and Peter Stern will return as Honorary Chairs. Additionally, expect to see some of your favorite team mascots, costumed characters, and 49ers Goldrush cheerleaders.

Sol Coffino, Dan Deshon and Alex Palantzas

The festive evening kicks off at 4:30 PM with a private VIP reception in the Giants Clubhouse for WWFC’s most generous contributors with the opportunity to meet and mingle with Bay Area sports stars.

Blanca Aguirre and Cathy White

At 5:30 PM, the doors open for the main event on the Club Level offering classic holiday fun for all including rare access to the SF Giants dugout and batting tunnels, ballpark fare & drinks, kids’ activities, a photo booth, video games courtesy of Arcade Party, and a fabulous silent auction, featuring over 100 items.

Elizabeth Thieriot

For more information on Holiday Heroes, please call Amy Wender-Hoch at 650-321-4142, or visit

Kate and Sol Coffino with Susan Duryea (Holiday Heroes Honorary Chair)
Rosemary Baker and Carla Zuber (Holiday Heroes Co-Chair)
Kimberly Veley, Tracy Skytt and Nora Feeley
Alan Gevins and Lita Sam-Vargas
Cindy Reuter and Kimberly Draeger
Heidi Gerber (Wender Weis Foundation Board Member) and Richard Gerber
Theresa McGanney and Carla Zuber (Holiday Heroes Co-Chair)
Dave McGanney and Christopher Zuber (Holiday Heroes Co-Chair)
Shannon Cronan, Patricia Ferrin Loucks (Holiday Heroes Co-Chair) and Jane Mudge
Pam Zaragoza with Patricia Ferrin Loucks (Holiday Heroes Co-Chair)
Amy Wender-Hoch (Founder, Wender Weis Foundation For Children) with her husband, John Hoch


The Wender Weis Foundation for Children (WWFC), founded in 1994 by then 23-year-old Stanford University and Northwestern (Kellogg) MBA graduate Amy Wender-Hoch, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to assisting at-risk children to develop self-esteem, confidence and a sense of camaraderie. 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 Halloween Heroes and Holiday Heroes fundraising events.

The WWFC hosted their “Halloween Heroes” event annually in the Bay Area from 1996 until 2008. In 2009, they decided to shift the focus to the holidays by replacing their Halloween Heroes event with Holiday Heroes.