Guiding Stars was brilliant! The passion and generosity of nearly 250 guests garnered almost $400,000 in contributions, ticket sales, and winning bids on incredible trips and one-of-a-kind experiences.
We were so inspired by this year’s Guiding Star, Marcus Gardley, and the four Luminaries, James Carpenter, Tristan Cunningham, Tatiana Chaterji, and John Muir Health.
During the celebration, the guests enjoyed a surprise performance by Linda Tillery and members of her Cultural Heritage Choir, and we surprised Marcus with a visit from Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington, who read a proclamation declaring September 26, 2018 “Marcus Gardley Day” in Oakland. Marcus’ family was in attendance at the event to cheer him on, and his keynote speech that followed left the crowd inspired and uplifted.
Click here to see a video from the event, with Marcus’ speech beginning around the 13-minute mark.