MoAD’s Glamorous Gala

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Willie Brown Jr. & Sonya Molodetskaya

We were delighted to attend the The Museum of African Diaspora’s (MoAD) recent celebration of its 4th birthday in San Francisco. Committed to connecting all people through the celebration and exploration of art, culture and history of the African Diaspora, the museum recently appointed veteran arts administrator Grace C. Stanislaus as its new Executive Director.

“Love Bush,” by Richard Mayhew

This year’s gala not only served as Ms. Stanislaus’ coming-out-party, it also brought together some of the movers and shakers of San Francisco’s business and financial world in support of the institution. It started with a VIP reception at the MoAD where guests were treated to a private tour of the retrospective of Richard Mayhew’s work, on display at the museum through January 10th, 2010. It then moved to the ballroom at the St. Regis for dinner and the awards presentations, followed by dancing to the sounds of Motown provided by Top Shelf.

Leonard Berry, Richard Mayhew, Grace Stanislaus

The honorees for 2009 were Frankie Jacobs Gilette, founding MoAD board member, Frederick E. Jordan, CEO of F.E. Jordan & Associates, Kenneth P. McNeely, president of AT&T California, and Lloyd Dean, President & CEO of Catholic Healthcare West. Pam Moore and of KRON 4 and Dave Clark of KTVU Channel 2 served as Master and Mistress of Ceremonies, and the awards were presented by MoAD’s president Ernest H. Urquhart and Willie Brown Jr.


Frankie Jacobs-Gillette and Maxwell Gillette
Maija Frisble, Ernie Bates, Marlene Bates
Anna Banks, Gregory Hunter, Christina Anderson, Tarrell Gamble


Martha Gonzales & Manuel Diaz
Frederick E. Jordan
Claudia Juestel & Holly Baxter
Ernest Urquhart
Pam Moore & Harold Jones
Stefano Cassolato, Patty-Jo Rutland, Steve Ike
Nancy Hollis, Les Hollis, Sabrina Brutus, Jacques Brutus
Michele Davis & Gladys Moore
Tarrell Gamble, Kimberly Freeman, Harold Lowe, Tamera Raspberry
Nathan Dean, Nicole Dean, Suzanne Dean, Lloyd Dean
Sophie Maxwell & Brenda Winstead
Dave Clark & Rosalynn Smith-Clark
Kenneth P. McNeely & Fran Streets
Brenda Wright & Steve Bowdr

Photos: Drew Altizer [drewaltizer.com]