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Legacy Foundation Celebration Event—Past, Present, and Future

October 11, 2017

By Barbara Adachi

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 the Orrick 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 Year Up and Girl Scouts of Northern California, our two Legacy partners. It was a fantastic evening focused on raising awareness of the Legacy Foundation and to recognize the donors and leaders who have built this great organization.

We were delighted to have many of our Legacy past Presidents present including Diane Winokur, our first President, 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.

One of the highlights of the evening 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 our moderator, Jan Yanehiro, we found their personal stories to be both impressive and inspiring. It was wonderful to hear about their personal journeys and how their two organizations have shaped their lives and the impact of Year Up and Girl Scouts. For the Legacy Foundation, it was heartwarming to hear how our contributions are having an impact on their lives and their future.

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

In looking forward, Barbara Adachi shared that the Board is focused on three distinct strategic tenets: Leadership, Impact and Connectivity.  For 2018, the Legacy Foundation will be reinvesting in our two current partners, Year Up and Girl Scouts of Northern California for 2018. During 2018, the Legacy Foundation Board will be reviewing and solidifying the selection criteria for a new partner for 2019 as Year Up will be completing its third year.

On behalf of the Legacy Foundation Board, we want to thank all of the attendees who came to celebrate the past, present and future. Thank you to our leaders and donors who have made the Legacy Foundation what it is today…the future is bright and we look forward to greater connectivity with our IWF Northern California members. 

Enjoy more pictures from the event on the IWF Flickr account


L to R: Moderator, Jan Yanehiro with Jasmine Abude from Girl Scouts
of Northern California and Angelica Pineda from Year Up


Attendees enjoying dinner and mingling.


Barbara Adachi recognizes Barbara Creed and
Susan Sprunk for their contributions to the Legacy Foundation


Thank you to all those who contributed and participated in the silent auction.



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