Hedge Funds Care and the San Francisco 49ers will sponsor the 10th Annual West Coast "Open Your Heart to the Children Benefit" at The Bently Reserve in San Francisco on Wednesday, April 13 at 4:30 p.m. The event will feature a silent auction, raffle, and wine tasting from premier Napa and Sonoma Valley vineyards.
San Francisco 49ers Owner John York and Head Coach Jim Harbaugh will be accompanied by several 49ers alumni, along with 500 people from the West Coast hedge fund industry at this year's dinner.
Funds raised by the event will be used to distribute grants to existing organizations that address child abuse treatment and prevention in the Bay Area.
"The 49ers Foundation's mission is to keep kids 'Safe, on Track and in School,'" said 49ers Owner John York. "The goal of the Hedge Funds Care event to help repress domestic violence and eradicate child abuse fits directly with our mission. We have been a part of this event for over a decade and are looking forward to continuing to raise money and awareness for youth who have been or are susceptible to being victims of child abuse in our community."
After last year's event, Dr. Bart Grossman from the University of California at Berkeley School of Social Welfare provided guidance to help Hedge Funds Care allocate funds raised to the following designated agencies: Alliance for Children's Rights, APA Family Support Services, CALICO Center, Community Violence Solutions, Compass Family Services, Contra Costa County Employment and Human Services Department, Edgewood Center for Children and Families, FamiliesFirst, First Place for Youth, La Casa de Las Madres, La Clínica de La Raza, Inc., The Link to Children, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, San Francisco Court Appointed Advocates, Shelter Network of San Mateo County, The University of California - San Francisco, and the West Coast Children's Clinic.
The co-chairs of this year's West Coast Committee of Hearts, who plan the "Open Your Heart to the Children Benefit," are Elisabeth MacKnight from Conifer Securities, and Todd Goldman from Rothstein Kass.
"We are excited to host this event in San Francisco and to partner with the 49ers Foundation for the tenth time," Goldman said. "Last year's event was a tremendous success, raising more than $650,000. We look forward to the continued support of the hedge fund industry for this very worthy cause."
Hedge Funds Care is an industry alliance formed in 1998 with the sole mission of raising funds to prevent and treat child abuse. To date, the group has distributed over $24 million internationally through local agencies. In addition to the dinner in San Francisco, Hedge Funds Care also holds events in Atlanta, Boston, Cayman Islands, Chicago, Connecticut, Denver, Los Angeles, London, Minneapolis, Toronto, Cayman Islands, and New York.
Money will be raised through ticket sales, a golf raffle, and a silent auction. Tables for 10 guests may be purchased for $15,000. Individual tickets are available for $1,750. There are also event corporate sponsorship opportunities. For more information, please call Dan Butchko at 212-991-9600 ext. 336.