As WhiskyFest events manager, Joan McGinley will act as a jack-of-all-trades when the event heads to the San Francisco Marriott on Oct. 7. With tickets still up for sale, WhiskyFest anticipates 1,800 people, 11 seminars, 83 booths and 300 whiskies.
What is the goal behind WhiskyFest San Francisco?
WhiskyFest was started so that the consumer could directly interact with the whiskey maker. That was the purpose. We try to attract the true whiskey enthusiast rather than have what some people call a drunkfest. Read More
The primary organizer of the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco — a boat race with the oldest active trophy in international sport — is also well-schooled in parks. He is the chairman of the board of the Golden Gate National Park Conservancy and a Recreation and Park Department commissioner.As America’s Cup Organizing Committee chair, what are your responsibilities from now until 2013? Read More
Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, an associate professor of ethnic studies at San Francisco State and Palestinian activist, is hosting a videoconference on either Sept. 29 or Oct. 4 to discuss the upcoming United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood.
What is the goal behind the videoconference with An-Najah?
It’s the No. 1 college in Palestine and No. 4 in the Arab world ... so it’s a big deal. On a social level, we want to make a connection with colleges in other parts of the world. Read More
Rebeckah Collard, the Bay Area ambassador for Bright Pink, a national nonprofit that exclusively focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer, will be hosting the cocktail fundraiser VIPink on Oct. 13 at Infusion Lounge.What is the goal behind Bright Pink? Our main goal is to always raise awareness not only in young women but also in our community. We want to let everybody know what Bright Pink is and what we stand for. Read More
The City’s police chief defended the actions of an officer who accidentally shot two bystanders Saturday night on Broadway in North Beach.The out-of-towners were hit by a stray bullet a cop fired toward an alleged drug dealer who had pointed a gun at the officers while fleeing.“The department could not feel worse about having two bystanders injured,” police Chief Greg Suhr said Monday during a community meeting in North Beach. “However, the alternative of having a suspect with this weapon ... could’ve been a lot worse.” Read More
Christine Gardner is a co-chair and primary organizer for Friday’s Party for the Parks, a collaborative celebratory fundraiser between the San Francisco Parks Trust and the Recreation and Park Department, at Golden Gate Park’s Carousel. For ticket information, visit www.partyfortheparks.org.What’s the overall goal behind the event? In the past, our goals have been basically to raise awareness of the importance of people getting involved with our parks. The budget deficits are quite glaring here in San Francisco. But it’s also to build a community. Read More
After an extensive career in hotel management, the Sacramento native and president and managing director of Nob Hill Properties was named chairman of the San Francisco Travel Association for this fiscal year.
Noah Kindler, Co-founder of SocialShield, the San Bruno-based leading online monitoring service for kids’ social networking activities, recently received a special congressional certificate recognizing his company’s “Outstanding Work in Improving Internet Safety for Children.”
What does it mean to be nationally recognized for the work you’ve done with SocialShield? It feels really good. I started this company almost two years ago. You work hard and definitely make sacrifices. You see yourself helping out parents and kids, and that just feels really, really good. Read More
USF’s newly appointed director of its Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership, Father Stephen Katsouros, hopes to use his knowledge in Catholic education to mold tomorrow’s Bay Area leaders.What are your duties as the director of ICEL? ICEL is a program that has been in existence for 35 years. It exists to support and train leaders in Catholic educational leadership on all levels: higher education, secondary education and elementary education. I’m here to make sure that the program is doing what its mission intends it to do. Read More
Justin Kaufman, art director of Massive Black, recently completed his graphic novel “Transient Man,” which is based on The City’s homeless. For more information, visit www.transientman.com or www.massiveblack.com. Read More
The 61-year-old mother of Mark Bingham, one of the heroes aboard United Flight 93 who died on 9/11, is in Shanksville, Pa., today for the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, a national movement taking place in 24 cities. Organized by the nonprofit My Good Deed, San Francisco’s large-scale event will be held at the War Memorial Veterans Building at 9:30 a.m.What does the 10th anniversary of 9/11 mean to you in that your son Mark was one of the passengers who stormed the cockpit? Read More
A partner at the local office of law firm Holland & Knight, the 55-year-old Vafidis is spearheading a book fair Saturday at the Bayview Opera House. The firm is distributing 1,000 new books to five elementary schools as part of My Good Deed’s 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance. Read More
Tony Stefani, a San Francisco native and retired Fire Department captain, founded the San Francisco Firefighters Cancer Prevention Foundation in 2006 after surviving his own battle with the disease. The 60-year-old shares his thoughts on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and his mission of reducing firefighter exposure to cancer-causing toxins.How big is the concern of firefighters being exposed to toxins before and after combating a blaze? Read More
Recently joining Art.com as chief merchandising officer, Ross joins the world’s leading online specialty provider of wall art with a vast background in product design development and marketing after a working stint at Gap. She has also worked with leading consumer brands Calvin Klein, Coach and Liz Claiborne. Read More
Uyen Nguyen is the co-founder of OneVietnam Network — a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated to connecting Vietnamese people around the world to philanthropic causes — and her team are throwing the Street Eats Charity Gala on Sept. 18 at the Ferry Building. Read More