The 10th Annual buildOn Bay Area Dinner, held May 3, 2013, at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, raised a record $720,000 to support buildOn's afterschool service programs in under-resourced Bay Area high schools, and the construction of primary schools in developing countries across the globe. The dinner was hosted by NBC Bay Area News Weekend Anchor, Diane Dwyer, and attended by 500 of the Bay Area's most prominent philanthropists and business leaders, including Event Chair Lynne Zydowsky; Manuela Testolini, Founder of the In a Perfect World Foundation; and Testoliniâ€™s musician husband, Eric Benet. "We were thrilled to see so many of our loyal supporters at our 10th Annual buildOn Bay Area Dinner," said Catarina Schwab, buildOn Vice President of the West Coast. "The guests were greeted by our buildOn students with loud cheers and the energy remained high through the cocktail party, dinner and after party at Michael Mina's Clock Bar. It was our biggest night yet!" For more information, visit http://www.buildon.org / www.buildon.org .
Michael S. Smith was recently honored at Hedge Gallery in San Francisco at a party hosted by Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty and Allison Speer. His design work for a Palladian Villa in Malibu is being put up for auction at Christie's in New York. Nicolas Berggruen, Princess Tatiana Galitzine, Dede Wilsey, and Sabrina Buell were among the guests.
The Mid Winter Gala for 2013 honored the exhibit, "Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis" with a chic winter wonderland that raised over $400k. Marissa Mayer, Jonathan Ive, Alison Pincus, Vanessa Getty, Dick Costolo, Stephan Jenkins, Connie Nielsen, Lori Levine, Evgenia Peretz, Jeremy Stoppelman, Trevor Traina, Allison Speer and Kathryn Lasater were among the 380 who attended.