On Wednesday, February 24th, 2021 BVOH Board and Staff hosted our first ever Virtual Gala! Tying the theme of “Looking Forward to the Future” with our Black History Month campaign “BVOH Celebrates the Black Creative Force”, our gala, hosted by BVOH Board Member Dee Hillman and BVOH Theater Manager Ashley Smiley, featured performances by Trish Jane, Javier Reyes, Andre Wilson and SF Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin. Along with performances there were program updates from our community collaborators at the San Francisco Girls Chorus and how BVOH has been navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic and Shelter in Place Order. Check out the video below!
“Thank you again for this wonderful powerful event. Will keep spreading word of BVOH events! Super appreciate your work.” – Christopher Cook
“Thank you for allowing me to attend this incredible event! I had a great time with you all.” – Steve Tetreault
“It’s wonderful how BVOH lays the foundation to grow the talents of our community. Immense appreciation to Barbara and the Board for your tireless support and vision.” – Angelique Tompkins
“Much respect and appreciation. You all are doing the most important cultural work in the city.” – SF Poet Laureate Tongo Eisen-Martin
Mary Ruppert, Tracy Dearman, Karen Fung (Gateway Roofing and Waterproofing), Jerald Joseph (HSM San Francisco Bay Area Realty, Finance, Management), Thor Kaslofsky, Micah Fobbs, Angelique Thompkins (San Francisco Chapter of the Links), Anna Leal, Natalie Mulford, Holly Friar, Ann Miller, Katherine Melara, Loralei Osborn, Barbara Gersh, Rachelle Resnick, Ta Cing Parker (Senior Executive Director, the YMCA, Juliette Chien (Head of School, Rise University Prep), Margo Hall (Artistic Director of Lorraine Hansberry Theater) and Pastor Cindi Fong (Redeemer Community Church).