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May 9, 2018

Tipping Point Community + Spirited Benefit

Alec Perkins and Serena Perkins
Photo by Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography
Yves Behar and Zachary Bogue
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Sara Williams
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Jim Coulter and Penny Coulter
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Arno Harris and Nadine Burke Harris
Photo by Drew Altizer
Claudia Mata
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Abigail Turin and Jonathan Gans
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Katie Traina
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Daniel Lurie and Becca Prowda
Photo by Drew Altizer
Juliet de Baubigny
Photo by Drew Altizer
Katie Paige and Matt Paige
Photo by Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography
Jonathan Birdsong, Bradley James and Chris James
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Randi Fisher
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Leon Bridges performs
Photo by Claudine Gossett for Drew Altizer Photography
The event raised a total of $14 million.
Photo by Drew Altizer
More than 1,300 guests attended Tipping Point Community's 12th annual benefit.
Photo by Claudine Gossett for Drew Altizer Photography

More than 1,000 guests came together for Tipping Point Community‘s 12th annual benefit in San Francisco on Thursday, May 3, raising a total of $14 million to support organizations fighting poverty in the Bay Area.

The event—which explored social connection and responsibility through a theme of The Common Thread—is the area’s largest in the fight against poverty. The Tipping Point organization donates to and works with the most effective nonprofits that aim to provide access to a range of education facilities and support groups, as well as regional housing and employment.

The event was co-chaired by Shipley and Tony Salewski, Lateefah Simon, Charlotte and Alan Waxman, and Angelique and Andrew Wilson. Event designer Stanlee Gatti created the evening’s decor, while the menu was created by chef Tyler Florence, and catered by Paula LeDuc.

Guests bidding on the auction and dancing to the beat included Becca Prowda, Alec and Serena Perkins, Katie and Todd Traina, Samantha Bechtel, Louise Armour, Trevor Traina, Joe Gebbia, Kate Clammer, Randi Fisher, Zachary Bogue, Allison Speer and Abigail Turin. Daniel Lurie, Tipping Point’s CEO and founder, offered a reminder of what’s possible when the Bay Area gathers its greatest resources to help those in need. Lurie noted Tipping Point’s capacity to quickly raise $33 million in relief funds after the North Bay fires last fall.

San Francisco landmarks including City Hall, Coit Tower and the International Terminal at San Francisco International Airport were all lit in green—the color of Tipping Point’s logo—in honor of the evening.

The night was topped off with an after-party concert from Grammy-nominated artist Leon Bridges and a set by DJ Kiss.

Written by Diane Dorrans Saeks

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