Annual Legacy Celebration

One of the key tenets of the IWF Northern California Legacy Foundation is Community. Legacy seeks to be a convener and connector of those seeking to improve the status of women and foster the development of future women leaders.

The Annual Legacy Celebration, held on or around the International Day of the Girl, is our marquee community gathering. We invite you to join us!

On Thursday, October 1, 2020, we held our fourth annual Legacy Celebration --Celebrating 25 Years. While this year's event was virtual, it still brought the fun and intimacy of our in-person celebrations. We reconnected as women leaders, celebrated Legacy's 25-year history and founding members, and learned from an amazing local leader April Grayson, who dedicates her life to giving incarcerated women a voice and whose work is supported by Legacy Partner, Rise Up

Watch the event recording here! Download the slides here.

2019 Legacy Foundation Celebration Event—The Power of Community! 

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, we felt the Power of Community. This was the them of our third annual Legacy Celebration, which was strategically held on the eve of the International Day of the Girl.

We celebrated our vibrant Legacy community - our donors, non-profit partners, IWF NorCal members and guests. We were inspired by the work of 2019 Partner Rise Up, and learned specific ways the Legacy Foundation supports their Gender Equity Initiative (GEI) in California. We saw continued bidding on the 20+ IWF member-donated items in the Legacy Auction.

For the PRESENTATION SLIDES click here.

The evening was generously hosted by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, through Legacy board member Catherine Zinn.

2018 Legacy Foundation Celebration Event—The Future is Ours! 

The second annual Legacy Foundation Celebration was held on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, purposefully preceding the annual International Day of the Girl.

The event celebrated the bright future of our partners, members, and guests. Joining IWF NorCal members were:

  • Our Legacy Foundation Partners – We introduced and honored our newly-selected 2019 Legacy Foundation grantee, Rise Up. Journalist and IWF member Jan Yanehiro moderated a conversation with founder Denise Dunning and others from the Rise Up team. Legacy partners Year Up Bay Area and Girl Scouts of Northern California also attended the Celebration.
  • Future leaders  We invited mentees and the young woman in our lives we see as future leaders
  • Future IWF NorCal members – We invited women who we believe would enjoy being part of this extraordinary IWF community. 

The Celebration kicked off the Legacy Foundation 2018 fundraising campaign. It also featured a fabulous Silent Auction with creative and generous donations from fellow IWF NorCal members. We are grateful to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, which donated our beautiful event space, as well as the food, wine, beverages and table arrangements. 

2017 Legacy Foundation Celebration Event—Past, Present, and Future

On October 11, 2017 the IWF NorCal Legacy Foundation held its inaugural Celebration Event to honor the Past, Present and Future. The event was held at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe headquarters in San Francisco, with Orrick also donating the wine, beverages and table arrangements. Starting with a reception and silent auction, we had over 55 guests attending including representatives from Legacy partners Year Up Bay Area and Girl Scouts of Northern California.

The evening raised awareness for the Legacy Foundation and to recognized Legacy donors and leaders. We were delighted to have many Legacy past Presidents, including Legacy's first president Diane Winokur, as well as Eva Auchincloss, Marianne Briscoe, Van Ton-Quinlivan and Sue Sprunk. A special recognition was given to Sue Sprunk and Barbara Creed for their leadership in creating the Legacy Foundation Partnership Project.

An evening highlight was the panel discussion featuring two outstanding young women leaders: Angelica Pineda from Year Up and Jasmine Abude from Girl Scouts of Northern California. With excellent questions from moderator Jan Yanehiro, we found their personal stories to be both impressive and inspiring. It was heartwarming to hear their personal journeys and how Year Up and Girl Scouts, and Legacy's contributions have impacted their lives and futures.

The Legacy Foundation also celebrated and thanked the many donors who have supported Legacy through the years through giving of their time, talent and treasure. As outlined in the 2017 Legacy Foundation Annual Report, more than 70 donors who have contributed in the last three years and 35 who have contributed in multiple years.

Legacy Foundation President, Barbara Adachi, shared that looking forward Legacy will focus on three distinct strategic tenets: Leadership, Impact and Community. During 2018, the Legacy Foundation will reinvest in current partners, Year Up and Girl Scouts of Northern California. The Legacy Foundation Board will review and solidify the selection criteria for a new partner for 2019.

The Legacy Foundation Board thanks all who came to celebrate the past, present and future, and the leaders and donors who have made the Legacy Foundation what it is today. We believe he future is bright and we look forward to growing the community with our IWF Northern California members. 

Enjoy pictures from the event on the IWF Flickr account

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