On February 7th, The Palace Hotel hosted the San Francisco Sports Auction and Celebrity Dinner in support of the Guardsmen as well as the Giants Community Fund. This year’s event had a record turn out and generated over $150,000 to benefit Bay Area at-risk youth. A special thank you to this year’s Gold Medal sponsor BTIG and our Silver Medal sponsor Kingsford Capital Management.
Bruce and Kim Bochy were the honorary chairs for the evening and they were joined by a number of Giants players from the 2012 World Championship squad. The VIP event prior to the main auction included the MLB World Series trophy set up for professional photo-shoot where guests posed next to the trophy for their snapshot with history.
Professional and collegiate sports teams from around the Bay Area were represented by signature celebrity Alumni including the Giants Vida Blue, 49er Gary Plummer, Cal’s Joe Starky and Warriors legend Al Attles. The evening was rich with Bay Area pride and focused in particular on the recent World Champion Giants and the amazing run of the NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers.
While just one of several high profile fundraising events the Guardsmen host annually, the San Francisco Sports Auction is a huge part of the Guardsmen fundraising efforts and play a major part in impacting the lives of the Bay Area youth the Guardsmen serve. Programs supported by The Guardsmen include summer camps for Bay Area children as well as scholarships to attend local private grade schools and high schools.
The Guardsmen San Francisco Sports Auction is in partnership with the Giants Community Fund with a shared vision of charitable pursuit. The Giants Community Fund uses baseball as a forum to encourage youth and their families to live healthy and productive lives through the Junior Giants program and other community initiatives.
The contributions made by our 27 sponsors and other individuals and donors, reaches thousands of at-risk youth in the Bay Area. Kids who otherwise would not have a chance at success are given the opportunity to excel. These accomplishments would not happen without sponsors like you.
There are several special memories to take from the event. Here are two links to the photos taken that night – one to the pictures taken at the VIP reception: http://photos.guardsmen.org/2013/20130207-The-Guardsmen-Sports
and the other to the pictures taken at the event itself: http://photos.guardsmen.org/2013/20130207-The-Guardsmen. We hope you enjoy them.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, celebrities and attendees! We look forward to seeing you at next year’s event and your continued support of the Guardsmen and the Giants Community Fund.