All of us at EJS want to thank everyone for attending our annual gala last night at The Regency Center in San Francisco. We’ll be posting more incredible photos (like the one above of Eva Paterson and the band Unintended Consequences) taken by Shu-Jon Mao.
Kudos to our event team of Eva Paterson, Miguel Gavaldon, Ginger Johnson, Lisa Wong and all of our collective staff members, consultants and vendors. Without their fantastic efforts last night’s event could not have been successful.
We were privileged to honor last night Kate Kendell, Executive Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights; William Kennedy and Mona Tawatao, Legal Services of Northern California; San Francisco Latino & Black Union Carpenters, La Raza Centro Legal; and philanthropist Alvin Starks.
A very special thank you to our gala sponsors: California Teachers Association; Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Lyons, Greenwood & Harley, PL; Morrison & Foerster; Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati Foundation; Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP; Quinn Delaney & Wayne Jordan; Arnold & Porter, LLP; Pierce & Shearer LLP, Palo Alto Office; Price and Associates; Margalynne Armstrong and Andrew Pierce;NARAL; Minami Tamaki LLP; Joe Lucero & Vince Calcagno; Arlene Mayerson; Remcho, Johansen & Purcell, LLP; James Rucker & Heidi Hess; Bingham McCutchen LLP; Dorothy M. Ehrlich & Gary D. Sowards; and James C. Hormel & Michael P. Nguyen.
We also want to thank our host committee: Amy Everett; Banafsheh Akhlaghi; Brad Seligman & Sara Campos; Celinda Lake; Constance & Jonathan Heller; Dale Minami; Damu Sudi Alii; Dave Rorick; David Oppenheimer and Marci Kates; Rev. Diana & George McDaniel; Dick Grosboll; Dorothy Ehrlich and Gary Sowards; Drew Westen; Drucilla Ramey and Marvin Stender; Elaine Elinson & Rene CiriaCruz; Gary Greenfield and Reesa Tansey; Hector Preciado and Katerina Villanueva; James Finberg; Jamienne S. Studley; Jennifer Bell & William C. McNeill III; Jill Hanuer; Jon Davidson; Jon Streeter; Julie Dorf & Jenni Olson; Julie Su & Hernan Vera; Kamala Harris; Kate Dumbleton; Kelly Dermody; Kendra Fox Davis; Lateefah Simon; Ludovic Blain; Lyda Phillips; Marcus Shelby; Maria Blanco; Mr. & Mrs. James Thrasher; Norman Lear; Oren Sellstrom; Phil Hutchings; Robert Rubin; Rico Oyola; Shakti and Rick Butler; Shauna Marshall & Bob Hirsch; Susan Baronoff; Thomas A. Saenz; Todd Neece; and Van Jones.