On Thursday, October 11, 2018, an estimated 250 guests from around the Bay Area gathered for Savor the Greenbelt, the annual fundraising gala of Greenbelt Alliance. The organization’s supporters celebrated Greenbelt Alliance’s 60th anniversary at the world-renowned Fairmont San Francisco.
Bay Area philanthropists, dignitaries, elected officials, and thought leaders were in attendance to honor and support Greenbelt Alliance’s work to preserve open space, safeguard the region’s farms and ranches, and advance smart growth solutions across the region. The event was co-chaired by board member Jon and Kitty Harvey, along with John Osterweis and Barbara Ravizza. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf attended and served as the keynote speaker, closing the evening with stirring remarks about the need for the Bay Area to come together as a region and build a better future for all of our residents.
For the second straight year, Google recognized the organization’s important work by serving as lead corporate sponsor. Additional support came from influential employers, agencies, and organizations, including Recology, Brisbane Baylands, Dignity Health, East Bay Regional Park District, Hanson Bridgett LLP, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, SKS Partners, and many more.
See the full list of 2018 sponsors below and view future sponsorship opportunities here.
This year also marked the third annual Greenbelt Alliance Champion Awards, which honor individuals who have made an especially significant contribution to the organization’s mission of holistically addressing land-use issues from land conservation to smart-growth development. The 2018 honoree was the Evers family, who have championed the places that make the Bay Area special for three generations.
Starting with the efforts of Sepha Evers to preserve Marin County in the 1930s, followed by her son Greenbelt Alliance co-founder Bill, and continuing with the efforts of former and current Greenbelt Alliance board members Will and Elliot, the Evers’ impact on shaping growth in the Bay Area has been incalculable. You can learn more about their work in the story below.
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2018 Savor the Greenbelt Sponsors
Open Space Sponsor
Bay Area Rapid Transit District | BRIDGE Housing | Gibson Dunn | Maximus Real Estate Partners | Metropolitan Transportation Commission | Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District | Peninsula Open Space Trust | Republic Family of Companies | Santa Clara Valley Water District | SummerHill Housing Group | Sunset Development Company | TMG Partners | Webcor Builders | Windy Hill Property Ventures
The Core Companies | Eden Housing | Group I | Habitat for Humanity Greater SF | Heller Manus Architects | MidPen Housing | Natural Resources Defense Council | The Nature Conservancy | Nossaman LLP | Palo Alto Housing | Pfau Long Architecture | Prologis | San Francisco Giants | Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP | SOMO Living LLC | Wilson Meany
Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
2018 INDIVIDUAL SPONSORS
Elliot Evers | John Osterweis & Barbara Ravizza
Local Food Champion
Nancy Adler & Arnold Milstein | Craig Hartman & Jan O’Brien | Jon & Kitty Harvey | JaMel & Tom Perkins | Toni Rembe & Arthur Rock | Laney & Pasha Thornton | Diane B. Wilsey
Linda Jo Fitz
Andy & Sara Barnes | Blum Family Fund | Ellie Phipps Price & Chris Towt
Open Space Sponsor
Tom & Mary Brickley | Maribelle & Stephen Leavitt | Andrew & Linda Rosenberg Ach | Larry Simi & Janet Rogers
Anonymous | Brook Byers | Claudine Cheng | Patricia Dinner | Noreen Evans | Nancy Evers Kirwan | Carolyn Zecca Ferris & Timothy Ferris | Douglas & Kaatri Grigg | Nick Josefowitz | Jean McCown | Nion McEvoy & Leslie Berriman | Anu Natarajan | The Oxenburgh Family | Barbara & Jerry Pierce | Naomi Porat | Laurel Prevetti | Robert & Patricia Raburn | Alice & Bill Russell-Shapiro | Will & Suzanne Schutte | Michele & Richard Stratton | Peter Sullivan | The Swanhuyser Family | Steve Westly | Senator Robert Wieckowski & Sue Lemke
Robert Lawrence | Dan Marks | Richard Swig
2018 IN-KIND SPONSORS
Cowgirl Creamery | Hafner Vineyards | Jackson Family Wines | Kathryn Kennedy Winery | Lagunitas Brewing Company | Rodney Strong Vineyards | Scharffenberger Cellars | Schramsberg & Davies Vineyards | Volker Eisele Family Estate | Wattle Creek Winery
Photo: © Agency Moanalani Jeffrey