Civic Leaders to Join St. Anthony Foundation to Celebrate the Holiday Season with its 2nd Annual Giving Thanks on Golden Gate Distribution Event outside on the Golden Gate Greenway
Sally Haims | Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
(415) 254-5884 | SHaims@stanthonysf.org
Celebrating “A Season of Hope”, the foundation brings Hope, Stability, Renewal and Joy for thousands in need this holiday season.
WHAT: Giving Thanks on Golden Gate Distribution Event and Block Party in the Tenderloin
WHY: St. Anthony Foundation, committed to providing pathways to stability for thousands of San Franciscans in need annually, is hosting its 2nd annual Giving Thanks on Golden Gate block party on the Golden Gate Greenway on Tuesday, November 21 from 11:45am – 2:00pm.
St. Anthony’s team members, donors, and volunteers will be distributing hygiene kits, warm socks, hats, scarves, and refreshments, including cookies and hot chocolate to attendees, families, and people in need. Several civic leaders will distribute essential items, including State Senator Scott Wiener (D), San Francisco Police Chief William (Bill) Scott, San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson, members of the police and fire department, and members of the Board of Supervisors.
Additionally, San Francisco Bike Coalition will be hosting a bike activation along the block (i.e., Golden Gate Greenway) with classes for children and adults, and they will bring their bike blender for anyone who wants a refreshing smoothie. The De Marillac Academy children’s choir and a senior choir will be performing live music at the event. Several other FREE family activities will be available, including face painting, a photo booth, arts and crafts stations, a holiday card writing station, Pop-A-Shot basketball and other games, story-time book reading, raffles and giveaways, which include dozens of youth and adult bikes provided by SFBC…plus, a special appearance by San Francisco Giants’ Lou Seal!
“The Giving Thanks on Golden Gate block party encapsulates the spirit of the holiday season,” said St. Anthony Foundation CEO Nils Behnke. “It’s full of fun for families, and it’s such a joyful event for all involved. For a lot of us, it’s also a reminder to recognize how special our community of ‘giving and receiving’ is, during the holiday season and all year round. We’re deeply grateful for the blessings in our lives, and we’re spreading our love and thankful hearts to others who may be less fortunate.”
WHO: St. Anthony’s Interim CEO Bryan Young, and team members; donors; volunteers (corporate groups, high school and college groups, individual volunteers); San Francisco residents and members of the community; community organizations (San Francisco Bike Coalition, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, Chinatown Community Development Center, Faithful Fools, and Curry Senior Center); civic leaders, including State Senator Scott Wiener, San Francisco Police Chief William (Bill) Scott, San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson, San Francisco Board of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, Supervisor Matt Dorsey and City Attorney of San Francisco David Chiu; San Francisco Giants mascot Lou Seal
WHEN: Tuesday, November 21, 11:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: St. Anthony Foundation, 100 block of Golden Gate Avenue (Golden Gate Greenway, San Francisco, CA 94102
MEDIA CONTACT: Sally Haims, 415-254-5884, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo and interview opportunities:
- Distribution of hundreds of hygiene kits, socks, hats, scarves, and holiday treats by civic leaders, St. Anthony’s volunteers, and team members to those in need
- Interview opportunities with civic leaders
- San Francisco residents, including families with little ones
- San Francisco Bike Coalition classes including Freedom from Training Wheels for tots, and the bike (smoothie-making) blender
- Live music featuring the De Marillac Academy children’s choir and a senior choir
- Community organizations tabling with helpful resources for residents
- A variety of raffles and giveaways, including youth and adult bikes
- To RSVP as a volunteer, please visit Giving Thanks On Golden Gate 2023.
- To make a gift for St. Anthony’s Virtual Thanksgiving Curbside Donation Drive, please visit: Virtual Thanksgiving Curbside.
Thank you to our sponsors: Kaiser Permanente, Waymo, and Canva
Thank you to our friends at: San Francisco Bike Coalition, Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, Chinatown Community Development Center, Faithful Fools, and Curry Senior Center
About St. Anthony Foundation
In the Tenderloin’s struggle with poverty, addiction, and mental illness, St. Anthony Foundation has been a beacon of consistency, companionship, and caring for more than 70 years. We provide our guests with a range of services—from a place to rest or take a shower, clothing, and addiction recovery, to meals, medical care, and workforce development. At St. Anthony’s, we take a different approach, one that delivers meaningful results — Hope. Stability. Renewal.