Every year, The City Club proudly participates in the Annual San Francisco Firefighters Toy program – one of our favorite holiday traditions!
On November 12th we hosted our member dinner and auction to benefit this wonderful program and raised over $15,000 in donations and toys. WOW, do we have some generous Members or what?
The San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program believes that no child should be without a toy during the holiday season. In time of loss due to fire, our firefighters are the ones who see first-hand, the devastation when a child is left without a favorite toy. Donations of toys are graciously accepted throughout the year at any San Francisco firehouse, or here at The City Club during the month of December.
Attending an event this holiday season at The City Club? We welcome any and all new gifts to add to the collection bin on the 10th floor. Thank you for joining us in making spirits bright for local children!
About the program:
The San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program is the city’s largest and the nation’s oldest program of its kind. Since 1949, it has evolved from a few firefighters repairing broken toys and bikes for 15 families to, in 2013, 300 firefighters and friends volunteering their time to distribute over 200,000 toys to more than 40,000 disadvantaged children. Besides helping individual families in need, the Toy Program serves many community organizations, including shelters for abused women and children, inner-city schools, children’s cancer wards, and pediatric AIDS units. We also respond on a year round basis to displaced children who become victims of fires, floods and other such disasters.
We love all things related to food and celebrating, so naturally the Thanksgiving holiday ranks up there as a favorite among our team at The City Club. It also signifies the last quiet day around the Club before the hustle and bustle of the holidays greet us immediately following our break. We can’t wait!
Whether you are planning on a traditional Thanksgiving with the family or planning your very own Friendsgiving, make it extra special with some of 2015 Hottest Trends
If you’re looking to keep things more traditional, here is an easy Pumpkin Pie recipe to make for your feast:
1 (15oz) can pumpkin filling/puree
1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2 large eggs
1t ground cinnamon
½ t ground ginger
½ t ground nutmeg
½ t salt
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Whisk pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth.
- Pour into crust.
- Bake for 15 minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and continue baking fir 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from the crust comes out clean.
Cool completely before serving. Garnish with whipped cream.
From our “family” to you and yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
Pictured (L to R): Stephen Giacalone, Director – SF Firefighters Local 798, Gwenn Stroman – The City Club, Santa – The North Pole, Brian Reed – The City Club
On November 13th, The City Club hosted a hugely successful fundraiser for the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Drive.
We raised over $9,000.00 in just 3 hours for this great organization! In addition to mingling with Santa, guests enjoyed a Speakeasy-themed evening full of delicious cuisine, spirits, wines, and libations in the 155 Society.
It’s not too late to participate! Now though December 19th we will be collecting toys on the 10th Floor of the Club – look for the toy barrel and join in the fun by bringing in a book, board game, stuffed animal, soccer ball, or whatever your favorite toy is. Ages of recipients: babies to 14 years old.
Thanks to our corporate sponsor Sterling Bank & Trust, and all of our wonderful Members and friends.
Let’s make the holidays shine for as many of our city’s kids as we can!
Photo: James Lilley Images
Check our Facebook page for more pictures from this event!