“People should not take this as a memorial to Warren”: So says Nancy Hellman Bechtle, the surviving sister of Warren Hellman, about this weekend’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which was founded by her brother in Golden Gate Park in 2001. Read More
Philanthropist and bluegrass lover Warren Hellman was honored Sunday with a free concert featuring a host of regulars at Hellman's own Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.The day-long tribute to Hellman, who died of leukemia at the age of 77 in December, featured John Doe, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, Gillian Welch, Boz Scaggs, Robert Earl Keen and Emmylou Harris and Hellman's band, The Wronglers. Read More
Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch and The Wronglers with Jimmie Dale Gilmore are among the dozen Hardly Strictly Bluegrass regulars who will play at a tribute concert Sunday for Warren Hellman, the Bay Area philanthropist and festival founder who died late last year.The free concert will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Great Highway at Ocean Beach, between John F. Kennedy Drive and Lincoln Avenue. Performances will alternate between two stages. Read More
With the passing of Warren Hellman last month, a classic generation of San Francisco philanthropic business leaders came to an end, leaving a major void. Read More
The death of San Francisco philanthropist Warren Hellman was felt across The City by the organizations he helped and the people who benefited from his generosity.
Although Hellman was best known for creating and funding the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, he also gave money to education and arts causes across the Bay Area through his family foundation. Read More
It can be said that Warren Hellman, who died of leukemia Sunday at the age of 77, was one of a kind.
He was a worthy heir to the San Francisco tradition of successful local businesspeople who understood it was part of their life purpose to leave behind lasting enhancements to The City. And San Franciscans can only hope there will be others like him following in his footsteps. Read More
Amid bluegrass tunes both somber and joyful, more than 1,000 people gathered Wednesday to honor the life of San Francisco’s best-known philanthropist and civic champion, Warren Hellman.
Hellman died Sunday evening of complications from leukemia. He was 77. Read More
A memorial for billionaire financier Warren Hellman is being held Wednesday at Congregation Emanu-El.Hellman, who was known for his philanthropy and for starting the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, died Sunday at the age of 77.The organizers of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival set up the live stream of the memorial for those who could not attend the memorial service. Read More
“What I always tell people is think locally, act locally.”
Warren Hellman walked many paths in life — he was a savvy businessman, a philanthropist, an environmentalist and a political moderator. He worked with people who, if all in a room, may not have had much in common, but they all describe Hellman with the same words: A champion.
The San Francisco philanthropist died Sunday at the age of 77. He had leukemia. Read More
Golden Gate Park’s Speedway Meadow is now officially Hellman Hollow.
The Recreation and Park Commission voted unanimously Thursday to rename the portion of the park after 77-year-old billionaire Warren Hellman upon the urging of Supervisor Sean Elsbernd with the support of the Board of Supervisors.
The renaming drew support from San Francisco’s political elite, including Gavin Newsom, Nancy Pelosi, Willie Brown and John Burton. Read More