Julia Martin, the founder of SIKidSF, a Bay Area organization that helps families cope with sensory processing disorder, is being recognized by Blue Shield of California with a Shield of Honor award for community outreach work. For more information, visit www.bigtent.com/groups/sikidsf.What impact has your organization had on families whose children have sensory processing disorder? A lot of the work that I do is helping people understand learning differences and neurological differences such as autism, ADD and sensory processing. Read More
After joining the St. Anthony Foundation in 2010 as its executive director, former Sister of Mercy Shari Roeseler brings more than 20 years of experience in helping those less fortunate. Roeseler, 48, is continuing the foundation’s “hands below the safety net” motto during this holiday season. For more info on volunteering or various programs, visit www.stanthonysf.org or stop by 150 Golden Gate Ave.What’s your underlying goal during this holiday season? Read More
Mike Caudill is the spokesman for the International Motorcycle Show, the largest power-sports event in the country, which concludes the first stop on its 12-city tour today at the San Mateo County Event Center.
What’s this show all about? We really work to make it an enthusiasts’ show. So if you’re a motorcycle rider, this is the place you come every single year because you want to see the latest and greatest in motorcycle technology. What’s unique about this year’s show is that we’ve got more than 20 different motorcycle makers. Read More
Kevin Danaher, the co-founder of the Green Festival San Francisco, an event highlighting the importance of sustainability to both business and public sectors, has a mission to create “solutionaries” to take part in the green global revolution.What’s the goal behind the festival? What we do at the festival is bring all of those green companies together in one place ... and show people that we have to accelerate the transition to sustainability. Read More
A same-gender ballroom world champ, Emily Coles, 37, hosted the inaugural Dance Out Diabetes Dance-A-Thon on Friday at the Russian Center. The event helped educate and raise funds leading up to World Diabetes Day, which is today. For more info, visit www.danceoutdiabetes.org. Read More
As executive chairwoman and former CEO of mineral makeup company Bare Escentuals, the 49-year-old is on a larger mission than producing makeup. With about 200 boutiques worldwide and launching the new solid eye shadow product READY, Blodgett is trying to change lives.
When Brandon Hooper was surfing with his buddy Jim Meenaghan off the Southern California coast 10 years ago, he had never heard of Jay Moriarity. It was there on the water that Meenaghan began relaying the details of the surfing career of the 22-year-old Santa Cruz surfing legend who honed his craft under the tutelage of Rick “Frosty” Hesson. Read More
The board chairman of Swords to Plowshares, a San Francisco organization dedicated to helping war veterans in need, Paul Cox will host the annual fundraiser Veterans Day dinner Thursday at the Four Seasons Hotel. For more information, visit www.swords-to-plowshares.org. Read More
Jamie Wong, the founder and CEO of Vayable, a site that allows people to book and sell local tours ranging from how to be a hipster to living like the homeless for a day, launched her company in April. What’s the underlying goal of Vayable? Our goal is to enable entrepreneurship and promote cultural understanding, and really provide people with a new way to explore their world. Part of it is being part of this generation who are not following mainstream careers. Read More
Providing free reconstructive surgery to children and adults for 40 years, ReSurge International will be throwing its Transformations Gala benefit on Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton. Lori Bush, 55, who is the event chair, hopes to raise $750,000 for the organization, which operates in 13 countries. For more info on the event, visit www.resurge.org. Read More
As the CEO and president of oncology company Accuray, Euan Thomson has dedicated his life to battling cancer with groundbreaking radiation techniques. Read More
Robert Wittman, retired FBI agent and founder of the bureau’s National Art Crime Team, will be lecturing at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion at 2:30 p.m. Friday as part of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show. The “FBI’s Real Indiana Jones” will provide first-hand accounts from his 20-year, art-recovering career as well as the importance of cultural property protection.
How do you feel about being labeled as the FBI’s “real Indiana Jones”? Read More
The executive director of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation will be hosting the seventh Heroes and Hearts Luncheon on Feb. 9 at AT&T Park, an award ceremony recognizing local humanitarians. The foundation hopes to raise $1.5 million and expects about 850 guests. To nominate a hero before the Nov. 1 deadline, visit www.sfghf.net/hh/heroes.html. Read More
Ivan Jaigirdar is the co-founder and director of 3rd i’s ninth annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival (Nov. 9-13) with fellow director Anuj Vaidya. There will be about 10 to 15 short films and 18 features and documentaries. For more info, visit www.thirdi.org/festival. Read More
“Uncle” Ray Balberan, a 67-year-old Mission resident, is one of three people receiving a $25,000 California Peace Prize from The California Wellness Foundation for his extensive work with at-risk youths in the Mission. He will be honored Nov. 17. What does it mean to you to win this award? It feels good. It means a lot to me that someone from the Mission neighborhood, like myself, gets recognized for working in the Mission district. We’re all coming up. The community is doing something for itself and I just feel good about it. Read More