11th Annual Crescendo Gala

Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 5PM


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Sunday, March 12, 2017
5PM | VIP Reception
6PM | General Admission Reception
6:30PM | Dinner
7:30PM | Awards

Ritz-Carlton San Francisco
600 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

Black tie optional

Valet parking is available at the Ritz-Carlton, should you be driving to the event. Rate information can be found here


BART: Powell, Montgomery stations
Cable Car: Powell/Hyde, California and Powell/Mason lines
MUNI light rail: Powell, Montgomery stations
MUNI bus lines: 1, 2, 3, 8, 8AX, 8BX, 30, 45 and 91


Get a jump on the Crescendo silent auction before you even hit the red carpet this Sunday! 

Click here to register to bid, place all your maximum bids before Crescendo, and then enjoy the event while the system bids for you. If you've been outbid on any item, you will receive a notification, so never worry about missing out on the item of your choice. 

For this year's silent auction, we have incredible trips, tickets to sold-out shows, restaurant certificates, spa trips, stunning wines, hotel stays, and so much more. Don't miss out on any of these incredible items - start bidding now


This year's live auction includes the most enticing and exciting packages we've ever offered at Crescendo! You could win a Memorial Day Weekend with Kathy Griffin + Cirque du Soleil, a Dinner for 10 cooked by Brian Boitano, a Tony Awards/Broadway extravaganza, and MUCH MORE! Click here to get a sneak peek at our super-exclusive live auction items. 


This year, Crescendo — SFGMC's signature fundraising event — is getting a makeover! 

After a decade, our signature brunch is growing into a full-fledged gala. Join us at the stunning Ritz-Carlton San Francisco for an evening bursting with fabulous — from a very special celebrity host to champagne, cocktails, must-have auction items and dancing. Don’t miss a single moment!

With the Chorus' landmark Lavender Pen Tour of southern states coming up in October, we will be focusing on the mission and message of the trip, and raising funds to underwrite the costs associated with such a massive undertaking. 

This year’s star-studded event will honor two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Kathy Griffin with the Vanguard Award for her achievements in LGBTQ equality and for using her voice as an agent of change in the movement.

Additionally, we will be honoring Lexus with the Corporate Champion Award and the Hrostowski / Garner Family with the Human Rights Champion Award. 

This year, we will have a special performance by country music artist Chely Wright. The evening will be hosted by a dazzling duo of emcees: My So-Called Life actor Wilson Cruz and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 5 Jinkx Monsoon!

Crescendo Co-Chairs
Sean Livingston + Jeffrey Huang


Media Partner


Event Sponsors - GOLD


Mrs. Pansy Chan
Terrence Chan + Edward Sell




Peter Drake + Jared Moreno
Randall Laroche + David Laudon


SFGMC Season Sponsors

René Alvarez
Sal Baglieri + Peter Cirincione
Steve Burton + Ray Grimsinger
Dustin Finkle + Matt Larriva
Steve Huffines
Sean Livingston + Jeremy Pelkey
Paul Saccone + Ryan Knight
Rick Turley

Debbie Boccuzzi
Aaron J. Clarke
Steve Gallagher / Coldwell Banker
The Jazes
Morgan Stanley
Keith Pepper
John Ybarra

Glenn DeSandre, MD + Pierce Gould
André Farris
Danny Goff / Justin J. Taylor
Gregory Marks
Christopher Verdugo

Mike Bankert
Justin Donahue + Aaron Smith
Jeffrey Huang
Skip Schneider
Dr. Timothy Seelig
Mike Shaw
Michael Tate + Simon O'Mahony
Brian Weart + Gordon Hom

Fair-market value of a Crescendo ticket is $140/ticket (VIP and General Admission). The tax-deductible amount of a Crescendo ticket is $60 (General) and $160 (VIP).