Kara Haspel Lind
President/Founder of Kara's Cupcakes
Executive pastry chef Kara Haspel Lind has always had a sugar tooth, but with a dentist father, sweets were verboten. In adult life, after more than a decade in advertising sales, Kara left her expense accounts behind and opened her first bakery in San Francisco in November 2006. Today, Kara’s Cupcakes boasts nine locations around the Bay Area. Her bakeries are focused on made-by-hand methods and local ingredients (fresh farm eggs, salt harvested from the San Francisco Bay). Kara's Cupcakes has been featured in Food & Wine, Martha Stewart, and Food Network's "Cupcake Wars".
Kara Haspel Lind Supports
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
The San Francisco Zoo
The origins of the San Francisco Zoo can be traced back to 1886. Once part of the now-defunct amusement park Woodward’s Gardens, the menagerie opened with a lone California grizzly bear. The zoo’s mission has evolved from an animal showcase to a state-of-the-art care and wellness facility focused on conservation. It is home to over 1,000 exotic, endangered, and rescued animals representing more than 250 species. The zoo also has several lush gardens of native and foreign plants, making it a place for family memories. The historic 1921 Dentzel Carousel and the 1904 miniature Little Puffer Steam Train are treasured by generations of visitors. In the fall of 2013, the zoo reopened the newly restored Elinor Friend Playground.
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San Francisco Zoological Society
Adventure and Mindfulness Guide
Eli D’Elia and Reiner von Weber
Eli D’Elia and Reiner von Weber represent two of the very best minds behind the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) movement. Eli is the lead designer at Ballistic UAV, an armored robotics firm, and is the co-founder and lead designer of the competitive drone group the Aerial Sports League. He is also a certified and sponsored designer at Autodesk, having earned the title Expert Elite. Reiner von Weber, ASL co-founder, Lead Engineer, and Technology Director, has flying in his blood. Reiner is the grandson of an aviation engineer who flew with Howard Hughes on the only flight of the Spruce Goose. Both Eli and Reiner are also central contributors to Game of Drones, a DIY airframe manufacturer and drone sports organizer.
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Star Wars Memorabilia Venue
Rancho Obi-Wan Supports
Rancho Obi-Wan Museum
glassybaby was founded by Lee Rhodes, a three-time cancer survivor with a vision of launching a business devoted to the mission of giving. Her line of vibrantly colored glass votives is a favorite among interior designers, editors, Martha Stewart, and elegant hosts everywhere. Creating each glassybaby involves eight hands, 2000 degrees of focused heat, and a multi-layered glassblowing process. As a result, no two hues glow quite alike. Over the last 20 years, the company has donated over $4.7 million to charitable causes and in 2015, Lee established the White Light Fund, a 501c3 organization to assist glassybaby in its goal to promote hope and healing.
Founder of West Marin Food and Farm Tours
As founder of West Marin Food and Farm Tours, Elizabeth Hill shares her passion for the natural beauty and culinary bounty of the region. She could not be a better suited ambassador. Elizabeth is a certified natural chef, a credentialed teacher with a master’s in education, and a certified gardener by the University of California. Her ties to the land run deep, starting with her great-grandparents’ arrival in the late 1800s. She grew up sailing on Tomales Bay, picking huckleberries for her grandmother’s famous tarts, and swimming and picnicking at the local beaches. Through her unique culinary tours, she shares her love and knowledge of West Marin’s incredible food culture with her guests.
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Survival Expert / TV Host
If you're ever stranded on a desert island, you better make sure Cliff Hodges is the one item you get to bring. A former engineer turned wilderness survival instructor, outdoor adventure guide, and environmental advocate, Cliff has made a living by traveling the world to climb mountains, surf big waves, study with indigenous tribes, and lead groups through perilous outdoor adventures. You might recognize his rugged mug from National Geographic’s hit show, “Remote Survival,” which he co-hosts with former CIA agent Alex Coker. In 2002, Hodges founded Adventure Out, California’s largest outdoor school and guide service for everyday explorers testing their limits and discovering their potential.
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Beach Blanket Babylon
Beach Blanket Babylon – celebrating over 15,000 performances and seen by nearly six million people – is the longest running, record-breaking musical revue in the world. This San Francisco institution captures the wild, witty and wonderful imagination of creator Steve Silver. Under the helm of the late Silver’s wife and handpicked successor, producer Jo Schuman Silver, Beach Blanket Babylon continues to delight audiences with its hilarious spoofs of pop culture, spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats at Club Fugazi in San Francisco’s North Beach district
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UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
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Premium Beverage Car
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Marina Sousa is a celebrated pastry chef, cake designer, and judge on television's food channel. She graduated at the top of her class with a degree in Baking and Pastry Arts at CIA. Her spectacular gravity-defying cakes have attracted the attention of television personalities, Hollywood celebrities (she famously designed the seven-tier wedding cake of a high-profile actor and actress couple), and the bridal industry. She has been featured in style and bridal magazines. Her television audiences will also recognize her from the network's programs and as the champion and judge of its competitive cooking series.
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Founder of Urban Hiker San Francisco
In 2004, Alexandra Kenin visited San Francisco for the first time and never wanted to return to her home on the East Coast. She did. But in 2007, she finally bought her one-way ticket back to the Bay Area as a Google marketing manager. On weekends, the transplanted Jersey girl explored her new home on foot. When she discovered the Embarcadero via the Vallejo and Filbert Street steps, she became hooked on urban hiking. Today, she has fallen in with a band of fellow enthusiasts. Through monthly day hikes of up to 30 miles, Alexandra and her friends explore secret, hidden spots throughout the city.
Alexandra Kenin Supports
With well over 20 years of experience playing, teaching, and coaching polo, Erik Wright has introduced thousands of new players to the sport and is a chief advocate of its expansion in Northern California. Erik is a nationally recognized polo instructor, holding clinics around the country and helping the United States Polo Association create new standards for training, safety, and rules in competitive play. Erik is also the founder and manager of WrightWay Polo, a leading facility in Atherton that provides polo instruction to players of all skill levels.
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Food for the Body & Soul
Eatwell Farm rolls across 105 verdant acres of 100% organic pasture and cropland just outside of Dixon, California. Owned and managed by Nigel Walker and his wife, Lorraine, Eatwell Farm grows a vast array of vegetables and fruits. At the heart of their business is a belief in the power of a diverse agricultural community, each piece supporting the other to craft a farm that is as healthy and sustainable as each individual part. Chickens roam the pastures and crops are encouraged to flourish in season. From alliums to eggs and eggplants, potatoes to zucchini, the flavor and freshness of each product is a testimonial to the passion for healthful food of the people who run it.
Eatwell Farm Supports
The Edible Schoolyard Project
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Delight Kids of All Ages with a Cupcake Decorating Party Hosted by Kara of Kara's Cupcakes
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A Private Cupcake and Cake Tasting with Drinks in the Napa Valley Home of a Celebrated Executive Pastry Chef