Based in India, Magic Bus is committed to developing local community mentors who take children living in poverty on the journey from childhood to livelihood. Over a ten year period, their mentors work with children and parents through a weekly curriculum of sporting activities, which are used as metaphors to change behavior in the areas of education, health, gender, and livelihood. They access existing community partnerships to ensure that young people move out of poverty, and develop into young adults with greater control and choice. Operational in 22 states across India, the Magic Bus program today supports the advancement of 400,000 youth. They’ve won a number of awards, including the prestigious Laureus Sport for Good Award in 2014, and key spokespersons from Magic Bus have addressed the International Olympic Council, the Indian Parliament, and the United Nations.
From fashion shows in Manhattan to lifestyle PR in Oakland, Melissa Davis remains both captivated and au courant on the topic of well-curated craftsmanship. Prior to founding her public relations firm Ruby Press, Melissa spent eight years in New York as a fashion editor for vaunted publications. When she arrived in San Francisco, she became the Northern California correspondent for a fashion and lifestyle magazine and was the first fashion editor at an online platform for various topics focused on city living. In 2003, Melissa moved across the Bay to sunny Oakland, where she learned about the city’s many micro-hoods and its resident artist-innovators and mover-makers. Inspired, she penned her first book, This Is Oakland: A Guide to the City’s Most Interesting Place, to share her favorite discoveries.
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Sought-after nail artist Mia Rubie grew up loving nail polish. (Her DIY manicures started when she was old enough to hold a paint brush.) In 2011, her hobby turned into Sparkle San Francisco, an intimate nail studio in the Mission District, which now offers the most difficult nail appointment to book. Known for her push-the-envelope designs and artistic eye for colors, Mia has dreamt up nails inspired by Mondrian masterpieces, psychedelic Pucci prints, Art Deco motifs, and more. Mia counts Sephora, Levi's, and 7x7 magazine as clients, plus C Magazine and Style.com as fans of her work.
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Peter Schumacher & Robert Price
Co-owners of Buckeye Roadhouse
Peter joined forces with British-born Chef Price who studied under famed California chef Bruce Marder and was named a rising star by a popular San Francisco newspaper. Born and raised in Switzerland, Peter honed his skills in New York City at the Drake Hotel with celebrated French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Peter joined forces with British-born Chef Price who studied under famed California chef Bruce Marder and was named a rising star by the San Francisco Chronicle. Now in Mill Valley, the duo led the rebranding of the historic Buckeye Roadhouse to the Old World-style culinary landmark it is known as today.
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Star Wars Memorabilia Venue
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Rancho Obi-Wan Museum
Before Rosalyn Gold-Onwude became an award-winning sports broadcaster, she was a star basketball player. Born in Queens, NY, “Ros” led her high school to two state titles in 2003 and 2004. In college, she helped lead her team to three consecutive tournament appearances. In her senior year Ros was named Defensive Player of the Year. After college, she was hired as a TV sports analyst. She has called games for both college and pro basketball, and can now be seen as a sideline reporter and an analyst in the Bay Area.
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Shonna Chiles is a classically trained dancer skilled in tap, jazz, lyrical, Polynesian, and hip hop. Her resume includes appearances with two different professional basketball league franchises a tour during the 1993 football season's championship game. She just finished her 2014-2015 season by dancing for the professional basketball champion team. When not on the court, Shonna inspires her students with a number of classes from music superstar-inspired choreography to bass-thumping introductions to hip hop.
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With two and a half miles of winding track in the foothills of Northern California, Sonoma Raceway is one of the west coast’s most beautiful and thrilling motorsports facilities. Every year, the 12-turn road course hosts a series of popular race events in the heart of wine country, including the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Verizon IndyCar Series’ GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. It is one of only two road courses on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule, and the site of the season finale for the IndyCar Series. The popular motorsports destination also features a go-kart track, quarter-mile drag strip, and motorsports industrial park.
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Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charity
Children’s Event Planner & Entertainer
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Former Pro Football Player
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Susan Coss is a mezcal aficionado. Her story has its origins in marketing and communications in the sustainable food and beverage industry. Susan served as the director of the Eat Real Festival and also the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA), the organization behind the iconic San Francisco Ferry Building Farmers Market. She has spent time in Oaxaca, developing relationships in the food and beverage arena, and cultivating her private collection of mezcal. Today she is responsible for the blog Mezcalistas, and organizes tastings and events, like the Mexico in a Bottle mezcal event, the largest of its kind in the United States.
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The Local Butcher Shop
In the heart of the Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley, California, The Local Butcher Shop is dedicated to locally-sourced, sustainably-raised, fresh meat. They practice nose-to-tail butchery, buying animals directly from local farmers and ranchers located within 150 miles of its shop. Their products are pasture-raised and finished, antibiotic and hormone free, and cut to order by skilled butchers, many of whom are trained chefs.
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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
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
V Wine Cellar
Napa Valley Wine Cellar
A neighborhood gem highly revered by local vintners, Napa Valley’s V Wine Cellar is “like visiting a best friend’s house, but with better wine.” Beloved for their excellent selection of cult wines and their charming location, tucked away off of Yountville’s main thoroughfare Washington Street, V Wine Cellar provides the community of epicureans with a boutique wine shop featuring 3,000 wines, a lounge, and event space for unparalleled tastings and dinners. Owner Scott Lewis is a respected pillar of the community, who organizes an annual food and wine event, Sense Yountville, that sells pre-release allocations while giving back to charitable programs.
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Regarded as one of San Francisco's foremost seafood restaurants, Waterbar, under the guidance of Chef Parke Ulrich, is renowned for its meticulous sourcing of seafood and sustainable ocean-to-table selection. Situated on the waterfront of San Francisco’s Embarcadero, just south of Claes Oldenberg's Cupid's Span sculpture, Waterbar boasts dramatic floor-to-ceiling aquariums that are almost as spectacular as their panoramic views of the bay. The wine selection is helmed by Wine Director Steven Izzo and share in the city’s joie de vivre.
Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Rihanna share one thing in common — choreographer, movement specialist, and dancer Aisha Francis. Beginning her career as a cheerleader for the Lakers, she found herself booking her first job only a few days after the season ended. Following a four-year tenure as a dance captain and movement coach to Beyonce, Aisha founded Pump Camp in North Hollywood, a class that teaches you how to move, dance, and feel more confident in heels. She continues to work with performers such as Christina Aguilera, Jason Derulo, and Julianne Hough, and has appeared on “Dancing with the Stars,” “American Idol,” “Good Morning America,” and “Oprah Winfrey.”
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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.
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Andrea's love of fashion and illustration began as a child. A self-taught artist, she is inspired by the beauty and delicacy of life's fleeting moments, architecture, and occasionally her closet. Her paintings are elegantly minimal and her use of colorful gouache paint is intended to evoke a feeling of happiness. She has been featured in lifestyle publications across various platforms and her illustration projects range from novel and album covers to commissions of clientele's favorite shoes.
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Owner/Founder of Avital Tours
Avital Tours’ genesis story begins with a visit to Paris and Aix-en-Provence. Upon returning to her hometown of San Francisco, Avital was inspired by the culinary scene in the Mission, and chose to follow her passion for food and art, professionally. She is now a certified sommelier and has led artisan food and wine tours for the past five years. Avital Tours, established in 2011, is her way of telling the stories of chefs and restaurant owners in town. The company follows five core values: breathe curiosity, take responsibility, embrace quirky, create community, and build awesome experiences. The result is that every tour with Avital and her expert guides are remarkable and memorable.
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Be The Match
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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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Diego Marcial Rios
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American Red Cross Gold Country Region
D.R. Stephens Estate
At D.R. Stephens Estate, crafting exceptional wines is a family affair. Founded by lifelong wine lovers and Californians Don and Trish Stephens, the estate produced its first wine, a robust Cabernet Sauvignon, in 2002. Don and Trish were soon joined by their son Justin, who became a managing partner at the estate. Since then, the wines have been poured and savored in some of the finest restaurants in the country. Sited off of Howell Mountain Road, near Napa’s famed Silverado Trail, D.R. Stephens Estate has become a must-see on any Valley wine tour.
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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.
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The Edible Schoolyard Project
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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From the runways of Paris to the stealth chic of San Francisco, fashion journalist Emily Holt has covered it all. Her stylish resume includes stints editing the society and celebrity pages and fashion news at several notable fashion publications. Emily's writing has also appeared in lifestyle and news publications. After 12 years in New York, the chic insider decided to trade coasts. Returning to her native town of San Francisco, she is adding entrepreneur to her byline with a fashion and lifestyle store opening in 2016.
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Yoga & Meditation Instructor
Erin Gilmore is a yoga and meditation instructor. She grew up in Cape Cod where she coached swimming and dancing before discovering her true calling: yoga. Ten years ago, she began dedicating herself to yoga practice while studying fashion at FIT in New York City. After relocating to San Francisco she did her teacher training with the highly esteemed yogi Rusty Wells. In early 2011, she started teaching her own classes at multiple yoga establishments. Through her own struggles with an eating disorder, Erin has developed a healing practice of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness. She has made it a mission to spread those tools to bring wellness to the world.
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Chef Amanda Michael opened Jane in 2011 because she wanted to create a “third space” in the neighborhood. Channeling her previous positions at Ritz Carlton, PlumpJack Group, and Balboa Cafe, she created an elegant gathering place beloved for gluten-free muffins and lattes made with Stumptown beans. In March 2014, Chef Michael opened her second location in Lower Nob Hill on Larkin Street. The ingredients are organic, the baked goods made in-house and fresh daily, and the baristas, led by Coffee Director, make what might be the best espresso in town.
Jean-Yves Duperret has been a pastry chef for over 24 years and widely beloved for his hospitality and personable teaching style. He was one of the very first pioneers to introduce the authentic French bakery to the Bay Area. Chef Jean-Yves is the author of best-selling book La Nouvelle Patisserie: The Art and Science of Making Beautiful Pastries and Desserts and in his culinary travels he has baked for presidents, mayors, and celebrities. He has also toured with William Sonoma.
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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".
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National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Kevin Jorgeson became a climbing hero on January 14, 2015 after successfully completing a free climb of El Capitan’s Dawn Wall in Yosemite National Park, an achievement requiring 6 years of training and preparation. Their epic 19-day ascent is the subject of the forthcoming documentary, “Dawn Wall.”
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Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley
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