10 Year Anniversary Giving Gala
On the evening of September 22nd, 2018, we celebrated 10 Years of Hope, Hospitality and Healing with our incredible and generous community of supporters. The evening began with a pre-event reception for Board, Honorary Host Committee, and Event Committee Members. Executive Director Bettina Kohlbrenner, Founding Board Member and Fundraising Chair Helen Owen, and Board Member Tony Mirenda thanked our guests and reflected on 10 years of JW House memories.
As our main program began, our emcee for the evening was long-time supporter of JW House, Lissa Kreisler, and presenters included Board President Terri Chapman, Executive Director Bettina Kohlbrenner, and Board Member/JW House Founder Anne Marie Knapen. Four JW Legacy Awards were presented to some of our most impactful long-time supporters: Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco 49ers, San Jose Sharks Foundation, and Dr. Alan Wong (JW's Oncologist and one of the founders of JW House).
After a very successful live auction and fund-a-need hosted by auctioneer Dee Dee Kiesow, we celebrated what would have been JW Knapen's 30th birthday, along with Dr. Wong's 70th birthday. The Knapen Family lead the audience in a happy birthday song and even Face-Timed in JW's brother Alexander Knapen who was unable to attend (as he has just begun college!).
It was a beautiful evening shared with so many of our incredible supporters who have helped JW House provide a 'home away from home' for over 7,000 families in 10 years. We can't thank all of you enough for making this an event we will remember for years to come!
For more photos, view our Facebook Album: 10 Year Anniversary Giving Gala
View The Vidal Family's Story, shared during our gala program.
Check our our event feature in the Silicon Valley Voice!