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Competitive (but Friendly) Vibes Radiate at St. Anthony Foundation’s 46th Annual Penny Pitch

Shut Up and Diehl wins the Ed and Mary Etta Moose Memorial Trophy; event raised over $181,000

May 13, 2024

More than 400 people came out to attend our 46th annual Penny Pitch on May 10 on the 1600 block of Stockton Street in North Beach. St. Anthony Foundation, committed to providing pathways to stability and renewal for thousands of San Franciscans in need annually, hosted the fundraising event at a larger new location, closing the street outside of the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club.

The event raises funds to help support the foundation’s full offering of services, programs, and initiatives: Dining Room, Free Clothing Program, Resource Center, Hygiene Hub, Medical Clinic, Tenderloin Technology and Computer Lab, Father Alfred Center program, Community Safety Services (CSS), STEPS program, St. Clare’s Care, Companionship Model, Women’s and Children’s Services, Welcome Center, and Golden Gate Greenway.

“Penny Pitch has been a San Francisco tradition of doing good while having fun,” said Larry Kwan, MD, CEO of St. Anthony Foundation.

Congratulations to Shut Up and Diehl captained by Greg Suhr from BXP Boston Properties for winning this year’s event, taking the coveted Ed and Mary Etta Moose Memorial Trophy over a record number of participating teams, 56 in total. Pitchers of the Penny from St. Anthony’s was gracious in defeat as runner-up. Other awards included Dirty Sons of Pitches from Hoenigman Family Foundation for Best Team Name, Lions Get Your Rear in Gear of the San Francisco Lions Club District 4-C4 for Best Team Spirit, and Queen Bees from Service Corps for Best Costume.

Every team consisted of six players (or “pitchers”) who get three pennies each. The team with the penny closest to the back wall in their assigned lane advances to the next round. Mulligans of three additional pennies were available in the early rounds (but excluded in the semifinals and finals). The losing team had the opportunity to compete in Cornhole to win their place back into the tournament.

Thank you to our terrific co-chairs, Meagan Levitan and Dale Carlson, and other members of our host committee (Joanne Hayes White, Kathleen McDonough, Staci Slaughter, Tim Szarnicki, Matthew Goudeau, Rita O’Hara, Greg Suhr, Elena Hobden, James Sangiacomo, Paul Barbagaleta, Tom Hsieh, Gina Nibbi, Kevin Brunner, and Bronwyn Brunner), all of our competing teams, generous donors, hard-working staff (shout out to our Events Team), emcee Paul Tonelli from 107.7 The Bone, and community leaders Supervisor Aaron Peskin, SFFD Deputy Chief of Administration Shayne Kaialoa, SFPD Chief William (Bill) Scott, Mark Farrell, Daniel Lurie, former SFFD Chief Joanne Hayes-White, former SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, and other notable dignitaries for coming out and supporting this year’s event. We also honor the recent passing of two of our loyal supporters, Mary Etta Moose and Maureen Sullivan.

We’re grateful for our amazing sponsors: San Francisco Police Officers Association, Novy Restaurant, The O’Shea Foundation, BXP Boston Properties, Barbagelata Group (BarbCo), DOLBY, Nibbi Brothers General Contractors, Waymo, Gordon Clifford Realty Inc, San Francisco Giants, Recology Tim and Rhanda Dunn, David Ogburn, Maija Muncy, Yola Ozturk, Jason Coloma, Dale Carlson, Meagan Levitan, Corcoran Icon Properties, Hoenigman Family Foundation, Matthew Goudeau, Turner & Townsend, Trillium Asset Management, Delta Dental Ins., PLAYSTUDIOS, BiRite Foodservice Distributors, Gerry and Jim Sangiacomo, Original Joe’s San Francisco, Maureen Sullivan, AT&T, Salesforce, Deloitte, Salesian Boys and Girls Club, and the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. Thank you to our donors who made contributions in honor of Penny Pitch: Nicola Miner, Ron Conway family, Jessica Silverman, Jennifer Goudeau, and Eileen and Peter Michael.

See you all next year for the 47th Penny Pitch, as St. Anthony’s celebrates 75 years in 2025!

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