Episcopal Charities’ 2012 Night of Light

Posted on November 13, 2012

This year’s Night of Light was a sold-out success that netted more than $100,000 to support poverty-fighting programs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The night’s honoree, the Ven. Malcolm Manson, addressed the crowd on the subject of poverty, exhorting the crowd to do more to make a difference in this difficult problem. “It’s not right and it isn’t acceptable that poor children are ill-fed, ill-housed, and ill-educated,” proclaimed Manson who urged those in attendance to support the work of Episcopal Charities addressing the root causes of poverty. Manson, the former head of the Cathedral School for Boys, Marin County Day School, and the founding head of the Bay School, was also a long time board member of  Episcopal Charities during a time of transition and transformation.

This year’s event again took place at Delancey Street, whose non-profit foundation helps those who have hit bottom climb to new heights, and whose programs are largely supported by its catering and restaurant businesses. Barbara Llewellyn Catering and Event Planning worked with the staff of Delancey Street to provide hands-on instruction, mentoring, and training to the Delancey Street staff — a collaboration that Barbara Llewellyn’s Christie Berlin described as being “our privilege to teach and then work alongside the Delancey Street team leaders and their hard working and smiling staff.” The collaboration was funded by a training grant from Episcopal Charities and many hours of donated time of Barbara Llewellyn’s dedicated staff.

Episcopal Charities would like to thank the Rt. Rev. Marc Andrus for his steadfast support, major event sponsors California Pacific Medical Center, the Bank of the West, Kat Taylor and Tom Steyer, Tom and Amy Worth, the Episcopal Diocese of California, Thrivent Financial, Peter Vestal, and Judith Alex (a full list of sponsors may be found on the website: www.episcopalcharities.org), and all those who attended and supported the event. Special thanks are also due to event chair, Sue Malick, honorary committee members Gigi Coe, Pam Snellgrove and Jody Jahn, the dedicated board of Episcopal Charities, event planner Jennifer Walker, Shari Gonzales, and Delancey Street’s Rebecca Jackson.

photo: Estaban Allard-Valdivieso