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St. Anthony’s to Host Inaugural Leading the Way Awards Celebration to Honor Community Leaders


Press Contact:
Sally Haims | Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
SHaims@stanthonysf.org | (415) 254-5884

Recognizing Exceptional Individuals and Organizations that Improve the Lives of San Franciscans in Need 

St. Anthony’s, committed to providing pathways to stability for the most vulnerable San Franciscans, will host its inaugural Leading the Way Awards Celebration to honor organizations and individuals whose vision and service make our community a better place to live. Presented in partnership with the San Francisco Business Times at the Westin St. Francis Hotel, the celebration will recognize three honorees for their exceptional commitment and dedication to uplifting our community through service, advocacy, or collaboration. Proceeds will benefit St. Anthony’s mission to feed, clothe, heal, shelter, and lift the spirits of our neighbors in need.  

“The Leading the Way Award winners are a remarkable group of visionaries who have done so much to strengthen our San Francisco community and deserve our recognition and gratitude,” said Nils Behnke, CEO, St. Anthony’s.  

WHAT: Inaugural Leading the Way Awards Celebration honoring three outstanding leaders who exemplify St. Anthony’s mission to create a community in which all San Franciscans flourish 

WHO: St. Anthony’s, community leaders; Mayor London Breed; former Mayor Willie Brown; former Mayor Art Agnos; and Senator Dianne Feinstein are Honorary Committee Members 

WHEN: November 3, 2022, 6:00 p.m. 

WHERE: Westin St. Francis Hotel 

WHY: To honor three of our community’s most extraordinary leaders for their dedication to uplifting San Franciscans in need 

St. Anthony's Leading the Way Awards Celebration Recipients: National Charity League, Joey Toboni of Affordability Project, and Lou Seal of the SF Giants


Emerging Leader: Joey Toboni created the Affordability Project, a nonprofit that is building affordable housing for teachers, health care workers and other local middle-income individuals. He also serves on multiple nonprofit boards and as a mentor through Big Brothers, Big Sisters. As managing principal of the Toboni Group – Residential, he oversees 50-plus employees. 

Leading The Way: The San Francisco Giants baseball team is deeply committed to identifying, developing, supporting, and raising awareness for people, issues, and programs that are important to the team’s fans and local communities.  

Community Partner: The Golden Gate Chapter of the National Charity League, Inc., chartered in 2018 has quickly grown into a force for empowering future women leaders through community, service, leadership and cultural connections.  

MEDIA CONTACT: Sally Haims, 415-254-5884 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Learn more about sponsorships or tickets at LeadingTheWaySF.org

Photo Ops & Interviews:  

  • Nils Behnke, CEO, St. Anthony’s  
  • Civic leaders (TBD) 
  • San Francisco Giants personnel 
  • Liz Farrell, National Charity League, Golden Gate Chapter 

Thank you to our generous Bridge Builder sponsor, Wells Fargo.  

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. 

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