38th Season Gala

On October 5, San Francisco Performances celebrated the launch of its 38th Season with its annual fundraising Gala at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. The event―which featured a performance by soprano Deborah Voigt and pianist Steven Bailey―was a great success and raised more than $190,000 to support SF Performances’ award-winning arts education programs.

Hosted by Gala Chairs Camilla Smith and Jeanne Newman, the evening included cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner and a short performance from Minor F, an all-girl jazz ensemble from the Oakland School for the Arts, and jazz trumpeter and San Francisco Jazz Artist-in-Residence Sean Jones. A spirited Fund-a-Need drive followed and brought in over $85,000. The evening concluded with a stellar performance from Ms. Voigt and Mr. Bailey.

Gala Co-Chair Camilla Smith, President Melanie Smith and Gala Co-Chair Jeanne Newman
Stacey Harte, Natalie Wade, Aza Olival and Anais Challe
Ellen Bermingham and Tim Culler
Ruth Felt and Patrick McCabe
LaVerne and Alan Silverman
Barbro Osher, Nancy Livingston and Bernard Osher
Bob and Ruth Dell
Martin Quinn and SF Performances Jazz Artist-in-Residence Sean Jones
Becca Schneider, Jason Lappin and Silvie Jensen
Neil Goteiner, Ann Smulka, Nadine Joseph and Bob Blackburn
Jazz combo from Oakland School for the Arts, Minor F performing with SF Performances Jazz Artist-in-Residence Sean Jones

San Francisco Performances extends its thanks to the sponsors who helped make this very special event possible:

Dinner Committee


  • Robert and Ruth Dell
  • Patrick R. McCabe
  • Maria and Martin Quinn and Frank Bayley


  • Thomas and Lily Beischer
  • Farella Braun + Martel LLP
  • Camilla and George Smith


  • Mr. Michael Mueller and Ms. Christine Cullens
  • Neil O’Donnell and Christine Motley
  • James and Connie Shapiro
  • LaVerne and Alan Silverman

Inkind Sponsors