Good Shepherd Gracenter

2015: A Taste of Autumn Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our fundraiser “A Taste of Autumn”. We raised about $27,000 and succeeded in infusing love into the hearts of all who attended. The amount we raised is enough to fund the living costs for all our women at Gracenter for one month!

We had over 200 people, uplifting music from the Pro Musica string quartet, stunning fall decor and a heart warming program and awards ceremony. We saw radical acts of generosity and random acts of kindness, gift giving and open arms. The room was filled with an air of warmth and gratitude, with a kind of magic in the air that happens only when there is authenticity, creativity, and goodwill. Our dream of creating a multigenerational environment to celebrate family, gratitude and grace came true! We had something for everyone, from our lively silent auction and raffle to games and a fun kids craft area.

As part of our program, we honored John Brennan, Patrick Ryan, and Matthew Quane as the three men who helped build Gracenter. We remembered our dear friend John “Jack” Noonan with a heartfelt tribute. And we celebrated our awardees Tandy Iles and Benjamin Swig who received our annual Amazing Grace awards for outstanding contributions in the area of public health and recovery. Additional speakers included Teresa Mejia, a prior year Amazing Grace award winner, and Karen Guinn, a former resident and Gracenter graduate who is currently student in the Drug & Alcohol Studies Certificate Program at the City College in San Francisco.

Special thanks go out to all our sponsors, supporters, Board of Directors, staff, Sisters, and residents. We could not have done it without you. Thank you for believing in us and supporting our mission of helping women without resources overcome addiction!


teresa mejiaTeresa Mejia, Executive Director of the Women’s Building (left) previous recipient of the Amazing Grace Award, with Tandy Iles, Director Drug & Alcohol Studies, City College of San Francisco, present awardee of the Amazing Grace Award 2015.

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Some of the fabulous Silent Auction Items of the Taste of Autumn.

Good Shepherd Gracenter gratefully acknowledges its sponsors:

Glorious Gold - $5,000
Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid North America

Billiant Bronze - $1,000
Plumbers Union Local 38
Robert Summers
Cornerstone Insurance
Salesforce and Nora Hall
Alberta Boschetto
John Brennan

Graceful Green - $500
Kara and Anam McCartney
Diana and George Bacigalupi
Christopher Brown
Carpenters Union Local 22
Walden and Zane
RC Wehmeyer Design + Build
Bank of Guam

Original Orange  - $300
Finkelstein Bender & Fujii LLP

Good Shepherd Gracenter gratefully acknowledges the individuals and businesses that have contributed goods and services to the Taste of Autumn:

18 Rabbits
Alan Maffei
Alcatraz Cruises
Aquarium by the Bay
Audrey Felzine
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Beach Blanket Babylon
Blue and Gold Fleet
California Academy of Sciences
Canyon Market
City College of San Francisco
Dandelion Chocolate
Deborah Ann Jackson     
Elsa Jimenez
Epic Steakhouse
Fernando Velasco
Framed & Cornered Custom Picture Framing
Frank Jiminez
Garry Galvan
Garvey Golden
Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park
Golden State Warriors
Guillia Maffei
Hee Joo
Hi Dive SF
Hint water
Holiday Inn
In-N-Out Burger
Janet Chapman
Jeff Cohn Cellars
Jerod Carmichael
Joe Trott
Kara McCartney
Kendra Wehmeyer
Kerry Breuer
Linda Saytes
Linda Hannawalt
    Lupita Perez
Lynda Pace
Maria Quirarte
Megan Maffei
Michelle Le Sieur
Michelle Tapia
Mineko Inouye
Nancy Chew
Nancy Rogers
Nancy Walter
Olive Garden
Palace Games
Patio Español
Peg Gerard
Pier 23
Pier 39
Presidio Golf Course
Romy Scott
Ruth Sanders  
San Francisco Fire Department
San Francisco Zoological Society
Shannon Kelley
Sheldon Spicer
Sibby’s Cupcakery
Sisters of Good Shepherd Sr.  Louis
Sloat Garden Center
Sr. Danielle Fung
Sr. Marguerite Bartling
Surayana Wildfawn Spicer
The Good Shepherd Sisters
The Market
The Portola Garden District Scholarship Committee
The San Francisco Giants
Tony Ching
Vitalia Fedossova
Winchester Mystery House
Yesica Arredondo
Yiying Lu
Young So Pak
Zuni Cafe