The Annual MoAD Gala Returns in Style
Roderick Spencer, Alfre Woodard, Eliane Cavalleiro, Danny Glover
Roderick Spencer, Alfre Woodard, Elaine Cavalleiro, Danny Glover and Renel Brooks-Moon

Thanks to the initial vision of Belva Davis, Willie Brown Jr. and like-minded thinkers, for the past eight years the MoAD (Museum of African Diaspora) has enriched San Francisco’s cultural landscape by showcasing the art of people of African descent.

Exhibitions have included “Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera,” “The Hewitt Collection of African American Art,” “The Art of Richard Mayhew,” and “From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden.” The “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect” exhibit, which was on display this past Spring and is now at its final destination, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture, deeply touched many, including Honorary Chairman Lawrence Bancroft.

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Red carpet arrival and cocktail reception in the Palace Hotel’s Garden Court

Set to the theme of “MoAD: The World’s Canvas,” this year’s black-tie gala took place at the Palace Hotel where Lawrence Bancroft spoke of the museum’s mission. Appealing to his finance colleagues, Bancroft single-handedly exceeded the fundraising goal in support of the museum’s newest exhibition.

Willie Brown Jr., Pam Moore and Wilkes Bashford
Willie Brown Jr., Pam Moore and Wilkes Bashford

Co-hosted by Interim Executive Director Deborah Santana and local fashion icon Wilkes Bashford, the glamorous event was emceed by KRON’s Pam Moore and kicked off the museum’s new exhibition “Cultivating Crosscurrents: Africa & Black Diasporas in Dialogue.”

The new addition, which will run through January 20th, 2014 explores the mutual and cross-cultural influences that shaped the struggles of African peoples, the Civil Rights Era, Black Power Movement, Black Panther Party and the Black Arts Movement.

Tommie Moon, Renel Brooks-Moon, Danny Glover, Wilkes Bashford and Elaine Cavalleiro
Tommie Moon, Renel Brooks-Moon, Danny Glover, Wilkes Bashford and Elaine Cavalleiro

At $1,000.00 per plate the fundraiser drew a well-dressed (and well-heeled!) crowd who came to honor actor-activist Danny Glover (Patron of Culture), San Francisco Foundation CEO Sandra Hernandez (Legacy of Philanthropy), actor Alfre Woodard (Performing Arts Program Honoree) and long-time Tuskegee Institute supporter, Moet Hennessy USA (Corporate Leadership Award).

Dierdre Luddington, Brian Conley and Alfre Woodard
Dierdre Luddington, Brian Conley and Alfre Woodard

Glover charmed the crowd with his typically humble presentation while paying homage to the founders of the museum and his fellow honoree Alfre Woodard.

Alfre Woodard
Alfre Woodard

Woodard, who was honored for creating a Performing Arts program in schools, captivated the audience with a dramatic presentation of a poem by Nikki Giovanni, which described the lessons NASA scientists traveling in space could learn from the experiences of her African ancestors who crossed the Atlantic aboard slave ships during the most horrific of conditions.

She reminded us that Africa is the birthplace of all humans, “You are an old African. I am an old African. And for that I am truly grateful. We are all part of the African Diaspora.”

Deborah Santana, Sandra Hernandez and Viviana Paredes
Deborah Santana, Sandra Hernandez and Viviana Paredes

Among the festive audience were Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson and his wife Denise Bradley Tyson, Vice President of the San Francisco Film Commission, Wells Fargo executive and community leader Brenda Wright who kept the Champagne flowing at her table, Morgan Stanley Vice President Kimberly Brandon, California Public Utilities Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon and fiancé Kimberly Brandon, Dr. Ernest E. Bates, Commissioner Toye Moses, Supervisors Malia Cohen and London Breed, Union Bank’s Social Responsibility E.V.P. Julius Robinson, Frankie and Maxwell Gillette, and Marin County Deputy District Attorney Otis Bruce.

Joy Bianchi, Alike Boggan, Amanda Wright, Brenda Wright
Joy Bianchi, Alike Boggan, Amanda Wright, Brenda Wright

Also attending were Giants announcer Renel Brooks-Moon and husband Tommy Moon, Ghana-born architect and Lennar Urban VP Kofi S. Bonner, General Council for Salesforce Lola Oladunjoye, ABC-TV anchor Carolyn Tyler, and technology advisor, angel investor Jill Ford, Farah and Victor Makras, philanthropist Deirdre Luddington, Fireblaze CEO Chuck Baker and wife Celessa, President of Williams Capital Management Dail St. Claire, wealth managers Gail Covington and Barry Zuckerman, Co-Founder of GridSpeak E. David Ellington, Jill and Stephen Davis, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Clem Jones, and attorney Ayanna Jenkins-Toney in a curve-hugging and fierce red gown.

Willie Brown and Sonya Molodetskaya
Willie Brown and Sonya Molodetskaya
Kimberly Brandon, Brenda Wright, Deborah Santana, Wilkes Bashford
Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard

Kimberly Brandon, Brenda Wright, Deborah Santana, Wilkes Bashford – Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard

Dave Clark and J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark
Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard

Dave Clark and J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark – Monet and Larry Lee

Sherri McMullen and Lisa Blackwell
Sherri McMullen and Lisa Blackwell
DDerrick Muhammad and London Breed
Carolyn Tyler and Gary Love

Derrick Muhammad and London Breed – Carolyn Tyler and Gary Love

Gloria and Julius Robinson
Dr. Clem Jones and Yvonne Liu

Gloria and Julius Robinson – Dr. Clem Jones and Yvonne Liu

Denise Bradley Tyson and Bernard Tyson
Denise Bradley Tyson and Bernard Tyson
Donald White and Lillian White
D'wayne Wiggins

Donald White and Lillian White – D’wayne Wiggins

Belva Davis
Neshormeh Lindo

Belva Davis – Neshormeh Lindo

Otis Bruce and Alanna Hodgson
Otis Bruce and Alanna Hodgson
Guillermo Montes and Lisa Montes
Valerie Lewis and Otis McGee

Guillermo Montes and Lisa Montes – Valerie Lewis and Otis McGee

Also in attendance were the creative set including Screenwriter Producer and Alfre Woodard’s husband Roderick Spencer, Neshormeh Lindo, Soprano and Opera Noir founder J. Rosalynn Smith-Clark, dapper music producer and composer D’wayne Wiggins, the always stylish Sonya Molodetskaya, fashion icon Joy Venturini Bianci in stunning fuchsia, documentary filmmaker and philanthropist Susan Brown, music industry veteran Kitsaun King, Founder of UNION MADE CREATIVE Keith Cartwright and wife Anju, Amanda Wright, Dr. Brenda Wade, and the Publisher of San Francisco Magazine Steven Dinkelspiel.

Paula Harrell and Christie James
Tyra Fennell and Obaid Khan

Paula Harrell and Christie James – Claudia Juestel, Stacey and Lawrence Bancroft and Beata Piasek

Malia Cohen and Warren Pulley
Leslie Kana and Carl Hackney

Malia Cohen and Warren Pulley – Leslie Kana and Carl Hackney

Timothy Weldon and Vianna Briscoe
Alvin Huggins and Christy Huggins

Timothy Weldon and Vianna Briscoe – Alvin Huggins and Christy Huggins

Kitsaun King and Gregory Robinson
Roberta Burroughs and Terry Collins

Kitsaun King and Gregory Robinson – Roberta Burroughs and Terry Collins

Ingrid Roseborough
Tyra Fennell and Obaid Khan

Ingrid Roseborough – Tyra Fennell and Obaid Khan

Rick Nagore and Tracy Curtis
Loretta and Morris Walker

Rick Nagore and Tracy Curtis – Loretta and Morris Walker

Sherron and Sean Boyea
Loretta and Morris Walker

Sherron and Sean Boyea – Anju and Keith Cartwright

After dinner guests enjoyed an extensive concert by eight-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Ledisi and then moved to the romantic Garden Court to join a soulful line dance to the stylings of The World Famous Rick and Russ Show.

Ledisi
Ledisi performing

One thing is certain — MoAD supporters know how to party, and I was honored to have joined them once again in celebrating the institution’s achievements!

 

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