Marin Magazine - December 2007

Jan Wahl

Within two years of graduating from San Francisco State with a B.A. in radio and television in 1975, Jan Wahl held an Emmy in one hand (for producing and writing a comic documentary on the Lee Marvin palimony case) and…

Warm Wishes

The nonprofit Warm Wishes recently held its third annual Bocce Ball Tournament. The successful event raised money that will be used to distribute warm winter clothing to homeless people all over the Bay Area as well as New York.

Bay Institute

At the Bay Institute's annual fundraiser Celebrating H2O, guests including Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi and Assembly member Jared Huffman bid on auction items to raise money for the organization.

La Dolce Vita

In Kentfield, La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) was a sold-out bash at the estate of John and Tina Mehan to benefit Family Service Agency of Marin. More than $130,000 was raised for the organization's mental health, child abuse prevention, parent education, and 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis services.

Spirit of Marin Awards

At the St. Vincent's School for Boys, the Bank of Marin hosted the 14th annual Spirit of Marin awards luncheon, which recognizes the achievements and volunteer spirit of local businesses and business people. In addition to the Chamber of Commerce's recipients, a special award was given to Heidi Kuhn, who founded Roots of Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the removal of land mines in third world countries.

Sleepy Hollow Kitchen Tour

At the fourth annual Sleepy Hollow Kitchen Tour five remodeled homes were showcased, including an updated Eichler. The homes were staged by designers Robert Federighi and Christi Sanford. The event also included chef demonstrations and performances by a quartet from nearby San Domenico School.

Marin Charitable Association

In Greenbrae, over 150 guests attended the Marin Charitable Association annual wine dinner at Giorgio's Ristorante. The evening raised almost $90,000, which will be distributed to agencies that help children in middle to high school deal with various challenges.

San Francisco Symphony

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony celebrated the opening of the season with a gala concert, featuring soprano Renee Fleming. McCall Associates catered the evening's dinners; Robert Fountain designed the tent pavilion.

Marin Symphony Gala

Marin Symphony's season opening gala, Caviar and Comrades, was a sold-out success. The event featured a pre-concert black tie patrons' dinner and a post-concert champagne and dessert reception. The evening's Russian theme highlighted the season-opening screening of Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 silent film classic The Battleship Potemkin with live orchestral score performed by the Marin Symphony Orchestra.

Opera Guild

In San Francisco the Opera Guild's Opera Ball 2007, cochaired by Cheryl Baxter and Marybeth La Motte, began with a cocktail reception and then followed with the season-opening performance of Samson and Delilah, plus a lavish post-performance night of dinner and dancing.

Blanc Trunk Show

Across the street at Blanc, owner Nancy Blanc Mayer held a trunk show for Rachel Clinnick's jewelry line Thalia.

Kismet Boutique

In San Anselmo, Kismet boutique owners Erica Miller and Barbara Dryden celebrated with customers their first year of being open.