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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.
 
 

The 36th Annual Festival Ball 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
The City of Hope room block at the Westin St. Francis is now SOLD OUT.
 
Please click the link below for a listing of additional hotels in the Union Square area.
 
 
Parking
VIP Parking Ticket Holders:
 
Please use your parking passes to park at:
Union Square Garage
333 Post St (Between Powell & Stockton; entrance is on Geary Street)
Directly underneath Union Square
0.1 Miles from Westin St. Francis
OPEN 24 HOURS
 
PLEASE NOTE: There is heavy construction happening on Stockton Street at Market to O’Farrell Streets. This section of streets is currently closed. Please allow extra travel time to the parking garage and to the hotel.
 
Bring your VIP Parking Ticket and Union Square Garage parking ticket to the Parking Table at the gala in order to receive complimentary parking.
 
VIP Parking Tickets will NOT be honored at the Westin garage or any other garage aside from the Union Square Garage. You are welcome to park at the Westin, but parking is only complimentary with a Union Square Garage-issued ticket AND COH-issued VIP parking pass.
 
Non VIP Parking Ticket Holders:
 
Below are additional parking options in the Union Square area.
 
1) Sutter Stockton Garage
444 Stockton St at Sutter
0.2 Miles from Westin St. Francis
OPEN 24 HOURS
Rate:   $3/hour  3-6 PM
             $1/hour  6 PM-9 AM          
            $34 MAXIMUM
 
2) City Park
750 Bush Street at Powell
0.2 Miles from Westin St. Francis
OPEN 24 HOURS
Rate:   $6/hour
            $40/24 hours
 
3) Union Square Garage
333 Post St at Geary
0.1 Miles from Westin St. Francis
OPEN 24 HOURS
Rate:   $4/hour  3-6 PM
            $3/hour  6 PM-9 AM
            $36 MAXIMUM
 
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.
 

NCFIC Festival Ball Auction Items

Listed below are the items that will be featured in this year’s Festival Ball Silent Auction: 
 
 
ITEM VALUE
Date Night Package: Two Tickets to the San Francisco Symphony, with Dinner for Two at Zuni Café, and a One Night Stay at the Westin St. Francis, with Breakfast for Two at the Oak Room Restaurant $1,000
Eight Tickets to Disneyland or Four Park Hopper Tickets $750
Dinner and a Show Package: Dinner for Two at a North Beach restaurant with Two Tickets to the Award-Winning Musical Revue, "Beach Blanket Babylon" $250
Family Photo Session with Gretchen Adams Photography and One 16" x 20" Photo Print $300
Two Season Tickets to the Lesher Series $500
Portable Leisure Gift Basket $300
Peet's Coffee for a Year $200
2 Tickets to the San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres on Sunday, Sept 27 at 1:05 pm, plus memorabilia signed by Star Outfielder Hunter Pence Priceless
Entry for Two to the PlaySpace and Tour of KFOG Studios Priceless
Two Tickets to Late Night with Seth Meyers and NBC Swag Priceless
Authentic USA Men's Soccer Team Jersey, Signed by the Entire Team Priceless
Save Mart 350 Package: Includes Four Toyota & Save Mart Nascar Spring Cup Race Reserved Seats, and Four Entrance Credentials to the Save Mart VIP Hospitality Tent Priceless
A Round of Golf for Four with Two Carts at the Olympic Club in San Francisco $1,500
49er Stevie Johnson Signed Football, accompanied by photo $500
A Round of Golf for Four with Cart at Wente Vineyards in Livermore $400
Sports Lover Package: Golden State Warriors jersey signed by power forward David Lee and a $150 gift card to Sports Basement $300
Men's Stainless Steel Croton Watch $275
Pearl necklace with Pearl Stud Earrings $200
Double Strand Pearl Necklace $300
Handcrafted Amethyst Collar Necklace by Nilson $180
Sunset Wine Club Experience Priceless
VIP Tour, Tasting and Dinner for Six People at the Hess Collection Winery in Napa $1,200
3 Cases of Wine: Louis Martini Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Gascon Seleccion Malbec, and Mac Murray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $600
Private Tour and Cooking Demonstration for Six People at Whitehall Lane Winery in St. Helena $570
VIP Tour and Tasting with Picnic Lunch for Four at Louis Martini Vineyard in St. Helena $500
1 Mixed Case of Jadot, St. Francis and Benziger wine $350
Vertical Flight of Les Pierres Wine, 2009-2012 $350
Blue Moon Brewing Company Mini Fridge with a case of Blue Moon Beer $300
Catena Wine Trio $300
Rex Hill Cool Vintage Vertical Flight in a Collector's Box $200
Private Tour and Tasting for Eight People at Concannon Vineyards in Livermore $160
Private Tour and Tasting for up to Four Guests at Black Stallion Estate Winery in Napa $125
Magnum of Umberto Cesari Sangiovese Reserva $100
Magnum of 2012 A to Z Pinot Noir $100
2008 Oracle Magum $300
   
   
   
   
 

Thank you to our sponsors!

 
Underwriter Sponsors
 
 
 


Platinum Sponsors
 
 
 
     
 

Photos

2013 Festival Ball Event Photos
 
2013 Festival Ball Photobooth Photos

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

The 36th Annual Festival Ball 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
The City of Hope room block at the Westin St. Francis is now SOLD OUT.
 
Please click the link below for a listing of additional hotels in the Union Square area.
 
 
Parking
VIP Parking Ticket Holders:
 
Please use your parking passes to park at:
Union Square Garage
333 Post St (Between Powell & Stockton; entrance is on Geary Street)
Directly underneath Union Square
0.1 Miles from Westin St. Francis
OPEN 24 HOURS
 
PLEASE NOTE: There is heavy construction happening on Stockton Street at Market to O’Farrell Streets. This section of streets is currently closed. Please allow extra travel time to the parking garage and to the hotel.
 
Bring your VIP Parking Ticket and Union Square Garage parking ticket to the Parking Table at the gala in order to receive complimentary parking.
 
VIP Parking Tickets will NOT be honored at the Westin garage or any other garage aside from the Union Square Garage. You are welcome to park at the Westin, but parking is only complimentary with a Union Square Garage-issued ticket AND COH-issued VIP parking pass.
 
Non VIP Parking Ticket Holders:
 
Below are additional parking options in the Union Square area.
 
1) Sutter Stockton Garage
444 Stockton St at Sutter
0.2 Miles from Westin St. Francis
OPEN 24 HOURS
Rate:   $3/hour  3-6 PM
             $1/hour  6 PM-9 AM          
            $34 MAXIMUM
 
2) City Park
750 Bush Street at Powell
0.2 Miles from Westin St. Francis
OPEN 24 HOURS
Rate:   $6/hour
            $40/24 hours
 
3) Union Square Garage
333 Post St at Geary
0.1 Miles from Westin St. Francis
OPEN 24 HOURS
Rate:   $4/hour  3-6 PM
            $3/hour  6 PM-9 AM
            $36 MAXIMUM
 
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

NCFIC Festival Ball Auction Items

Listed below are the items that will be featured in this year’s Festival Ball Silent Auction: 
 
 
ITEM VALUE
Date Night Package: Two Tickets to the San Francisco Symphony, with Dinner for Two at Zuni Café, and a One Night Stay at the Westin St. Francis, with Breakfast for Two at the Oak Room Restaurant $1,000
Eight Tickets to Disneyland or Four Park Hopper Tickets $750
Dinner and a Show Package: Dinner for Two at a North Beach restaurant with Two Tickets to the Award-Winning Musical Revue, "Beach Blanket Babylon" $250
Family Photo Session with Gretchen Adams Photography and One 16" x 20" Photo Print $300
Two Season Tickets to the Lesher Series $500
Portable Leisure Gift Basket $300
Peet's Coffee for a Year $200
2 Tickets to the San Francisco Giants vs San Diego Padres on Sunday, Sept 27 at 1:05 pm, plus memorabilia signed by Star Outfielder Hunter Pence Priceless
Entry for Two to the PlaySpace and Tour of KFOG Studios Priceless
Two Tickets to Late Night with Seth Meyers and NBC Swag Priceless
Authentic USA Men's Soccer Team Jersey, Signed by the Entire Team Priceless
Save Mart 350 Package: Includes Four Toyota & Save Mart Nascar Spring Cup Race Reserved Seats, and Four Entrance Credentials to the Save Mart VIP Hospitality Tent Priceless
A Round of Golf for Four with Two Carts at the Olympic Club in San Francisco $1,500
49er Stevie Johnson Signed Football, accompanied by photo $500
A Round of Golf for Four with Cart at Wente Vineyards in Livermore $400
Sports Lover Package: Golden State Warriors jersey signed by power forward David Lee and a $150 gift card to Sports Basement $300
Men's Stainless Steel Croton Watch $275
Pearl necklace with Pearl Stud Earrings $200
Double Strand Pearl Necklace $300
Handcrafted Amethyst Collar Necklace by Nilson $180
Sunset Wine Club Experience Priceless
VIP Tour, Tasting and Dinner for Six People at the Hess Collection Winery in Napa $1,200
3 Cases of Wine: Louis Martini Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, Gascon Seleccion Malbec, and Mac Murray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $600
Private Tour and Cooking Demonstration for Six People at Whitehall Lane Winery in St. Helena $570
VIP Tour and Tasting with Picnic Lunch for Four at Louis Martini Vineyard in St. Helena $500
1 Mixed Case of Jadot, St. Francis and Benziger wine $350
Vertical Flight of Les Pierres Wine, 2009-2012 $350
Blue Moon Brewing Company Mini Fridge with a case of Blue Moon Beer $300
Catena Wine Trio $300
Rex Hill Cool Vintage Vertical Flight in a Collector's Box $200
Private Tour and Tasting for Eight People at Concannon Vineyards in Livermore $160
Private Tour and Tasting for up to Four Guests at Black Stallion Estate Winery in Napa $125
Magnum of Umberto Cesari Sangiovese Reserva $100
Magnum of 2012 A to Z Pinot Noir $100
2008 Oracle Magum $300
   
   
   
   
 

Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors!

 
Underwriter Sponsors
 
 
 


Platinum Sponsors
 
 
 
     
 

Photos

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
 
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