San Francisco General Hospital Foundation’s signature events – Heroes & Hearts and Hearts After Dark – brought together nearly 2,000 of our community’s most generous and passionate supporters for a celebration that reminded us all of the indispensable role San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center plays in our community. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our event sponsors and our guests, together we raised $1.8 million to benefit San Francisco General Hospital Foundation’s mission to promote excellence in research, education and care for all at San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center.

We hope the Hearts events imparted the message that The General is everyone’s hospital – a safety net for the under and uninsured, as well as the place you want to be brought should you or a loved one ever experience a trauma. During the events, we debuted this short, powerful video that illustrates the importance of The General to our entire community.


Under sunny blue skies on the field of AT&T Park, we kicked off February 13th with the Heroes & Hearts luncheon where we honored three inspiring community heroes; Joe Drake, Thomas Perkins and Joan Varney.

After being treated at The General for gunshot and stab wounds, Joe Drake turned away from violence and now works to inspire positive change in the lives of others. Joe draws from his own experiences to teach his peers about the consequences of using weapons.

Thomas Perkins, owner of Dudley Perkins Company, San Francisco’s full-service Harley Davidson store, initiated an annual holiday toy run that invites Bay Area motorcycle clubs to give back to countless pediatric patients and their families by delivering toys to The General. The Dudley Perkins Toy Run celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013, providing gifts for more than 500 children at The General over the holiday season.

When Joan Varney first began working at The General in 1982, she took a different approach to helping the many patients she encountered that were infected with AIDS, creating the Comfort Garden and growing vegetables to donate to Project Open Hand. The now-retired gardening supervisor also helped to initiate HeartBeets and the Garden Giveaway Program, supplying nutritious food for hospital patients and neighbors.

The luncheon also served as a showcase for the latest series of Hearts in San Francisco sculptures and commemorated the 10th anniversary of the original Hearts in San Francisco project.


Hearts After Dark gave our guests the chance to dance the night away to the music of DJ Hubert Keller (aka Chef Keller of Fleur de Lys fame) and Pop Rocks, lounge in the San Francisco Giants’ dugout, or try their swing in the batting tunnels. Photos on the Pitcher’s Mound with some Giants players (okay, maybe it was just printed with printed cutouts and not the players themselves, but still pretty cool!) were another popular activity, made possible courtesy of Wells Fargo. Guests also sampled tasty hors d’ouvres courtesy of Bon Appetit Management Company, sweet treats from Kara’s Cupcakes and delicious Ghirardelli chocolates and ice cream sundaes. To round out the evening, everyone was invited to share a message of love or thanks to The General at the station.

Thanks to everyone who supported these events, innovative hospital programs will receive Hearts Grants. Grants are used to improve patient care, purchase equipment, renovate spaces and provide seed funding for new programs. The Foundation has funded nearly $4 million to 140 grantees, and we look forward to awarding our 2014 Hearts Grants. This is all made possible because of our generous supporters. We want to give a special mention to our leading event sponsors including Chevron Energy Solutions and Wells Fargo; Genentech, Intel, McKesson, Stanley S. Langendorf Foundation, Visa, Webcor; and Brin Wojicki Foundation, Macy’s, Mary Wohlford Foundation, Jeanne and Sanford Robertson, Union Bank, and Walgreens.

From the bottom of our heart, and on behalf of the thousands of patients served by The General each year, thank you!