We are excited to see you this Thursday, September 20th for Van's 50th Birthday Bash! We have an incredible evening designed to celebrate Van's legacy of justice, with you! Your support means the world to Van.

The fun-filled evening will feature: 

  • Toasts & testimonials by Angela Rye, SE Cupp, Shaka Senghor, Lateefah Simon and more!
  • Special guest performances by Butterscotch, Aloe Blacc and Tony! Toni! Tone!; 
  • Exquisite cocktails by D'usse, exclusive champagne by Armand de Brignac and wines from black-owned labels;
  • Southern-inspired menu by Betty Zlatchin with chocolate bites by AlterEco
  • Live and Silent Auction items which you can start bidding on now; and
  • After-party grooves with DJ Jahi (Public Enemy 2.0)

Attire is cocktail festive, purple accents are encouraged. Be sure to wear your dancing shoes so you can cut loose at the after-party.

Below you will find more information about the evening and getting to the event.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

If you have any questions or need assistance with anything, please email rae@whitandwisdom.com or text Rae Steward at 831-239-7888.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

6 - 11 pm

Fort Mason - Festival Pavilion  

Home of the Coal + Ice Exhibit

2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123


5:30 pm

Purple Carpet Arrivals + VIP Reception

6:00 pm

Doors Open

Cocktail Reception + Silent Auction; Coal + Ice exhibit

7:00 pm

Dinner Program with Special Guest Performances + Live Auction

9:00 pm

Party After Dark with DJ Jahi


Getting There:

We encourage using a ride-hailing service or carpooling. There will be no valet service and there is limited metered parking at Fort Mason.

Metered parking is in effect until 12 am. Please be sure to use a nearby parking kiosk to purchase your parking pass to display on the dashboard of your car.

The Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture main campus entrance is off Marina Blvd at Buchanan Street. Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture is served by the following MUNI lines: 28, 30, 30X, 43, 47 and 49. In addition, Golden Gate Transit stops at the intersection of Lombard and Fillmore Streets.

For driving directions, click here.


Special thank you to our sponsors and hosts:


Abby Disney, Ai-Jen Poo, Alexys Feaster, Angela Rye, Ben Jealous, Cat Gund, Charles King, Debbie Levin, Felicia & Ben Horowitz, Gina Belefonte, Jamie Lunder, Jodie Evans, Lea Endres, Mamoon Hamid, Matt Haney, Michael Lythcott, Nancy Lublin, Noland Chambliss, Phaedra Ellis Lamkins, Rashad Robinson, Reid Hoffman, SE Cupp, Shaka Senghor, Shannon Schulyer, Vien Truong, W. Kamau Bell


Price Waterhouse Cooper, Roc Nation, Color of Change, Coal + Ice, CNN, Facebook, New Resource Bank, NIA Impact Capital, Sierra Club, The San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, The Pachamama Alliance

Table Hosts:

Jed York, Kelly Ripa, Guy & Jeanine Saperstein, Kelly Kimball, Dori Caminong, Kristin Hull, The Crosslands Group, Akonadi Foundation, Irwin Foundation, Panta Rhea Foundation, The Sister Fund, Jessica Jackson Sloan, Whitney Smith, Somer Huntley, Nisha Anand, Alli Starr, Rae Steward, Diana Frappier

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