JOIN US VIRTUALLY for Curry Senior Center’s Annual Gala
Helping Hands, Healing Hearts!
The Board of Directors and staff cordially invite you to a festive evening celebrating 49 years of providing comprehensive services to isolated, low-income and homeless seniors in the heart of the city.
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, May 13th, 2021, and join us in this year’s theme,
Impacting Lives for 49 Years in 49 Square Miles.
We are excited once again to feature Bay Area news personality, Curry Board Member, and long-time supporter Diane Dwyer as emcee, joined by former San Francisco 49er and three-time Super Bowl champion Bubba Paris.
Join us for an in-home experience
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Join us however you identify with the 49 square miles, some may choose to support our football team or gold rush era attire, whereas others may take their own creative spin! We can’t wait to see your attire!
New this year, Curry is partnering with one of San Francisco’s finest caterers, 49 Square Catering, to bring the gala experience to your home with a fine dining meal. All meals will come with finishing and reheating instructions so you can enjoy your meal as if you’re in a fine dining restaurant.
A primary goal of the Helping Hands Healing Hearts Gala is to honor those who have made our community stronger and healthier through their efforts. We do this annually with three awards named after historic and iconic change-makers for Curry Senior Center:
The Dr. Francis J. Curry Award – Dr. Carla Perissinotto
Dr. Carla Perissinotto is Associate Chief for Geriatrics Clinical Programs at UCSF, where she oversees and develops all inpatient and outpatient Geriatrics clinical programs, including Care at Home. Dr. Perissinotto’s research focuses on the health effects of loneliness, and she is interested in programs that address loneliness and isolation. She has been a critical advisor for Curry’s 5-year pilot program “Addressing the Needs of Isolated Older Adults” and helped in the continuation of the program.
The Joseph Mignola, Jr. Award – Compass Realty
In 1993, Pacific Union real estate agents in San Francisco created the Community Fund. After Compass bought Pacific Union in 2018, it continued raising money for non-profits under the Compass Community Fund. This fund distributes grants to local non-profits serving San Francisco’s neediest neighbors. The Community Fund has been a dedicated partner in supporting Curry Senior Center for over 20 years.
The Vera Haile Dalenberg Award – Saint Anthony’s Client Safety Services (CSS)
Saint Anthony’s Client Safety Services (CSS) monitors the safety of Saint Anthony’s programs and outside organizations by providing on the ground response to increase safety in the Tenderloin and similar communities. By using a trauma-informed perspective, CSS staff have successfully built relationships with the communities it serves. The team de-escalates behaviors and risks with compassion and care. The CSS team is visibly present on many blocks in the Civic Center 7 days per week, most prominently in front of both Saint Anthony’s and Curry Senior Center.
In the News
- Extreme Isolation Takes Toll on Seniors (San Francisco Chronicle – October 26, 2020)
- COVID-19 and Shelter in Place (San Francisco Bay Times – March 26, 2020)
- City Funds Services for Transgender Older Adults (San Francisco Examiner – February 10, 2020)
- ‘Santa to A Senior’ Program Provides Simple Gifts For Elderly in Need (KPIX CBS SF Bay Area – December 25, 2019)
- How a State ‘Master Plan for Aging’ Could Help the Tenderloin’s Struggling Seniors (Hoodline – October 11, 2019)
- Chance Encounter With a Curry Center Worker Lifts Bipolar Sufferer Back to an Engaged Life With a New Friend (San Francisco Senior Beat – August 19, 2019)
- Curry Senior Center Approved By SF Small Business Commission for the Legacy Business Registry (San Francisco Office of Small Business – March 26, 2019)
- Turk Street’s Transformation (San Francisco Bicycle Coalition – April 18, 2018)
- Photo Essay: How the ‘Mama of the ’Loin’ Found, and Gives, Sustenance (San Francisco Chronicle – October 16, 2017)
- Exhibition Looking Inward: Painting a Journey (The Walt Disney Family Museum – September 28, 2017)
- Once Isolated in the Tenderloin, Seniors Find Friendship (California Health Report – June 19, 2017)
- Seniors Use Technology to Improve Their Health (SF Tech Council – July 3, 2017)
- Up to 40 Percent of Seniors Are Significantly Lonely. Can Tech Help? (KQED – October 4, 2017)
- Seniors get a ride out of the Tenderloin from tech volunteers (San Francisco Chronicle – May 10, 2016)
- As Wealth Changes the Tenderloin, a Move to Preserve Artistic ‘Gems’
- Tenderloin Nonprofits vs. Bad Apple Corner Stores (San Francisco Chronicle – March 6, 2015)
- Low-Income Seniors Struggle in San Francisco (SFGATE – August 26, 2012)
- Former Basketball Star, Tony Bones Davis, in the Tenderloin and at Curry (NBC Bay Area – May 4, 2013)
- San Francisco Man Stands Up to Lou Gehrig’s Disease (San Francisco Examiner – December 25, 2011)
- Curry Awards Honor a Doctor With a Bright Social Vision (SFGATE – October 12, 1996)
- Senior Center Honored for Doing it Right (SFGATE – October 10, 1998)
- Milestones for S.F. Groups Helping Older Persons (SFGATE – April 19, 1997)
- Seniors Celebrate Laotian New Year (SFGATE – April 16, 2004)