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The 36th Annual Festival Ball

The 36th Annual Festival Ball
A Celebration of the NCFIC and City of Hope
 
Established in 1978, the Northern California Food Industries Circle (NCFIC) represents a unique commitment among the region’s leading retailers, brokers, manufacturers and related vendors to support City of Hope’s humanitarian efforts.

Throughout its evolution, the NCFIC’s common link year after year has been its capacity for partnering business acumen with philanthropy. The NCFIC has raised over $37 million for City of Hope, making this industry alliance one of the premier fundraising groups in the region.

For more information, please contact Mindy Finkelstein at 415-788-1002 or by e-mail at mfinkelstein@coh.org.
 
 

Event Details

Saturday, August 23, 2014
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA

VIP Reception - 5:00 PM
General Reception - 5:30 PM
Dinner Program - 7:30 PM
After Party - 10:00 PM
 
 
 
 
When using the ‘Please Bill Me’ option, payment is due no later than August 16, 2014.
 
 
 
Hotel rooms
A room block is currently available at the Westin St. Francis. Please click here to reserve accommodations for your party.
 
Parking
Park at the Union Square Garage
333 Post Street at Powell, with the general entrance on Geary St., 1 block away from the Westin St. Francis.
 
Registration Check-in
Please note this year’s event will require all guests to check in at the registration tables upon arrival. In order to receive your seating booklet, event program and auction paddle you MUST check in at the registration tables. Please arrive early to avoid any delay in your check in process.
 
VIP Reception
Please note the VIP Reception will be located in the Alexandra’s room on the 32nd Floor of the Tower Building. There will be signage directing you. YOU MUST HAVE A VIP TICKET TO ENTER THE VIP RECEPTION.

We will feature a one on one consultative wine tasting for our VIP Guests. Platinum and Underwriter sponsors will get to taste award winning wines with Sara Schneider of Sunset Magazine.

Sara is Sunset magazine’s first wine editor, responsible for tasting panels, food-and-wine pairing in the test kitchen, wine-related food and travel coverage, Sunset’s International Wine Competition, and the magazine’s wine club.

With a B.A. and an M.A. in English, Sara taught high-school English for 10 years before a love of cooking drew her to San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy, where her wine interest began. After earning her AOS degree, she combined her word and culinary backgrounds as editor of Berkeley-based Bay Food magazine for three years, then joined Sunset’s editorial staff, first on the copy desk, then as a senior food editor, eventually becoming head of the food department. In that role, she expanded the magazine’s wine coverage, and launched its Western Wine Awards program and the Sunset Wine Club. In 2005 she was named wine editor.

Sara writes a monthly column on food and wine pairing, trends, and issues in wine, as well as other wine-themed food and travel stories, and in 2007 co-authored the book California Wine Country, a Sunset Field Guide. She has judged many wine competitions, both on the West Coast and internationally.

Sara has been nominated twice for James Beard Journalism Awards and holds the Academy of Wine Communication’s Certificate for Excellence in Wine Writing.
 
Questions?
For more information, please contact Mindy Finkelstein at 415-788-1002 or by email at mfinkelstein@coh.org.
 

Auction

Listed below are the items that will be featured in this year’s Festival Ball Silent Auction: 
 
ITEM VALUE
Entry for Two to the PlaySpace and Tour of KFOG Studios Priceless
Featured Ad in the Monthly Unified Grocers Coupon Book $8,000
Private Tour & Tasting at the Sunset Wine Cellars, plus a 6-month membership in the Sunset Wine Club $1,500
Family Photo Session with Gretchen Adams Photography and One 16" x 20" Photo Print $1,000
Four Disneyland Park Hopper Tickets $730
Custom Snowboard designed by Winter X Games Winner Louie Vito $500
One night stay at the Westin St. Francis, with breakfast for two at the Oak Room Restaurant $450
One-Night's Stay at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco with Two Tickets to the San Francisco Ballet $430
Stevie Johnson Signed Football, accompanied by photo $300
VIP Hansen's Coupons $200
Tasting for Eight People at Concannon Vineyards $160
Gift Certificate for Zuni Café in San Francisco $100
VIP reserve Tasting Certificates for six guests each at VJB Vineyards $90
Private Tour and Tasting for up to Four Guests at Black Stallion Estate Winery  
USA Soccer Team signed jersey  
 

Sponsors

 
Underwriter Sponsors
 
 
   


Platinum Sponsors
 
   
     
 
 

Photos

2013 Festival Ball Event Photos
 
2013 Festival Ball Photobooth Photos
Event Details
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Westin St. Francis
335 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA

VIP Reception - 5:00 PM
General Reception - 5:30 PM
Dinner Program - 7:30 PM
After Party - 10:00 PM
 
 
 
 
When using the ‘Please Bill Me’ option, payment is due no later than August 16, 2014.
 
 
 
Sponsors
We're grateful to all our sponsors for their generous support.
 
Photos
Connect With Us
Contact Us
Heather Olinto
Associate V.P., Western Region
holinto@coh.org
 
Mindy Finkelstein
Director of Philanthropy
mfinkelstein@coh.org
 
Anne Campanella
Event Coordinator
acampanella@coh.org

Jessica Lancy
Event Coordinator
jlancy@coh.org
 
For general inquiries, please contact us:

San Francisco Development Office
601 Montgomery, Ste. 1800
San Francisco, CA 94111
 
800-732-7140 toll free
415-788-1002
415-788-1007 fax
 
About City of Hope
Ranked as one of  "America’s Best Hospitals"  in cancer by U.S.News & World Report, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of hematopoietic cell transplantation and genetics. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope's research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation.