The chairwoman of the San Francisco Symphony’s Black and White Ball organizing committee is preparing for this year’s bash Saturday. The event benefits Adventures in Music education programs for schoolchildren.
Have you held this position before? Yes, in 2005 and 2008.
What does the job involve? I oversee about 100 volunteers — for about two years — as we lead up to the event.
What’s the hardest thing about the job? It’s all about the details, just staying on top of it all.
What do you like most about it? The fabulous people, and fabulous talent and working with the corporate sponsors. Also, seeing how this signature event reflects the diversity of The City. But really, the best part is raising the money for AIM.
Do you have a musical background? When I was in school, we all had to play an instrument. I played the clarinet.
Is it true that voters online selected the gown you’re wearing to the ball? Yes, it was part of a “build your own ball” program. Any of the choices offered would have been beautiful, but I particularly liked two, and one of those won.
— Leslie Katz