Anh-Minh Le 2016-12-24 00:12:07
PORTRAIT OF A PARTY The San Jose Museum of Art’s fundraising gala, The Wonder Ball, raised $400,000, with proceeds benefiting the museum’s educational programs. Gala-goers dined outside, beneath twinkling stars and lights. George and Signe Kurian with Allison and Stephen Aldrich Yvonne and Mike Nevens were the evening’s honorees. Maria Rezak Deepanjana Klein Maja Thomas and Susan Sayre Batton flank a Circosphere performer who greeted guests (and blended in with the hedges surrounding the venue). Carol and Gerry Parker THE PARTY Held at the San Jose Museum of Art, the gala kicked off with a cocktail reception and was followed by a delectable alfresco dinner by Melons Catering & Events. A live auction and entertainment by Circosphere added to the festive vibe. THE GUESTS This year’s Wonder Ball honored Yvonne and Mike Nevens. The Los Altos Hills residents are longtime supporters of the museum and the arts community at large. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and SJMA President Hildy Shandell served as honorary co-chairs, while Eileen Fernandes and Cheryl Kiddoo were the event’s co-chairs. THE HIGHLIGHTS The evening included a surprise gift by Drew and Katie Gibson of Los Altos. The couple donated “Delta,” a work of found and fabricated tin on panel by Tony Berlant, to the SJMA’s permanent collection. For the auction, which was presided over by Robbie Gordy of Christie’s, an array of artists and galleries contributed pieces. Experiences—donated by restaurants, hotels and other institutions—rounded out the covetable items up for grabs. MUSIC RX U2 headlined the seventh annual The Concert for Kids, a benefit for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, presented by Salesforce. 1. U2’s The Edge and Bono hit the stage and thrilled the crowd. 2. Anne-Sophie Deneve, Vanessa Getty, Douglas Friedman and Tolan Florence were all bundled up for the outdoor concert. 3. MC Hammer helped get the afterparty going. 4. The Cow Palace in Daly City was transformed for the evening. 5. Will.i.am and Lars Ulrich at the afterparty 6. The benefit’s hosts, philanthropists Marc and Lynne Benioff 7. Paul and Nancy Pelosi 8. Sean and Alexandra Parker THE PARTY Hosted by philanthropist Lynne Benioff and her husband, Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff, the rockin’ evening raised a whopping $10 million for the children’s hospitals. Some 45,000 lanyard-draped Dreamforce attendees descended from “the cloud” amid the annual Salesforce conference for this fun fete inside the Cow Palace (dubbed “Cloud Palace” for the night). An elaborate stage and high-def screens were set outside for fervent U2 fans, who filled almost every inch of the large parking lot. THE GUESTS Platinumplated VIPs included philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, entrepreneur Sean Parker, 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki and Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. THE HIGHLIGHTS U2 dazzled the crowd with its classic hits—“One,” “Where the Streets Have No Name” and “Pride (In the Name of Love),” among them. Then Bono whipped up a pre-presidential election frenzy by conducting a mock debate with a video version of Donald Trump. After questioning the candidate about his plan for running off with the American dream, the crowd went wild when Bono snarled at the screen, “You’re fired!”
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