The Shanti Project celebrated its 39th anniversary with their annual gala highlighting “Compassion Is Universal” by honoring the courage of its clients, the devotion of its volunteers, and the generosity of its supporters. Former Shanti client and now a member of the Democratic County Central Committee Matt Dorsey received the James C. Hormel Client Community Spirit Award and long-time volunteer Jill Isenstadt the Margot Murphy Breast Cancer Inspiration Award.
Founded in 1974 by Dr. Charles Garfield, Shanti was the first-ever volunteer organizations to work with terminally ill individuals, and later it became one of the first community-based HIV/AIDS organizations in the world. Each year Shanti serves over 2,000 people with Breast Cancer or HIV/AIDS.
This year’s fundraiser, co-chaired by interior designer Ken Fulk and PR consultant and founder of SF Philanthropist Bahya Oumlil-Murad, and presented by Nordstrom, the Honorable James C. Hormel and Michael Nguyen, took place at the Hilton Hotel Union Square. The always most elegant Janet Reilly resumed her duties of Mistress of Ceremonies, and TV host Liam Mayclem led the live auction. With humor and charm he helped raise a significant amount of money to continue the organization’s important work.
Among the guest were California State Senator Mark Leno and San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu, Lucretia Carney, Joel Goodrich, Dr. Clara Shayevich, Brenda Zerate, Jorge Maumer, Mark Calvano, Rosalina and Martin Lydster, Francein Hansen, Carolyn and Bill Lee, Beth Schnitzer, Raghu Shivaram, John Rosin, Donna Sachet, Gary Snow, Jason Dorn and Brian Lammers, Karim and Ikram Naji, Tracy Curtis, Supervisor Jane Kim and Kaushik Roy.