The City of San Francisco honored singer, painter, and civic leader Tony Bennett by celebrating his 90th birthday on August 19 and 20. City leaders proudly unveiled an eight-foot statue of Tony in front of the Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill on Friday, August 19, and that evening the San Francisco Giants hosted a special “Tony Bennett Night” at AT&T Park. Saturday, August 20 was the big finale, when 350 special guests were entertained by Tony at a benefit concert in the Fairmont’s Venetian Room, where in 1961 he first performed his iconic song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
The Foundation is thrilled that Tony and the San Francisco Special Events Committee, led by Chief of Protocol Charlotte Mailliard Shultz, selected Zuckerberg San Francisco General (ZSFG) to be a beneficiary of the funds raised through the concert. The creation of the Tony Bennett Fund for Emergency Pediatric Care will ensure that every child’s emergency care experience is uniquely caring, calm, and safe. More than 40,000 children receive care at ZSFG every year and more than 10,000 come through the Emergency Department. Plaques in honor of Tony Bennett will be prominently displayed in the pediatric area of the recently opened new building.