Annual Gala

Thank you to all our friends and supporters who made the Students RisingAbove Fourteenth Annual Gala a smashing success!  

All 76 students from the Class of 2017 attended and wowed our 600+ guests.  Their attendance set the stage for a record breaking evening where over $1.2 million was raised by our generous supporters and guests in support of our program and students.

At this year’s Gala, we honored KPIX reporter, Wendy Tokuda, for her 18 year of award-winning news reporting on our students. We also thanked retiring Executive Director Lynne Martin for her 15 years of service, and welcomed our new Executive Director, Carolina Martín.

SRA alum, Sophie Lau (UC Berkeley 2007; UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare, MSW 2017) gave the keynote speech. She shared her remarkable journey from China to UCSF Benioff where she now works as a Social Work Intern in Adolescent Medicine.

A special thank you to our hard-working Gala Committee, led by Gala Chair, Gail Diserens; the 50 volunteers who efforts ensured a flawless evening; and our students who always make the evening so special.

Mark your calendar now – the 15th Annual Gala will be held on March 22, 2018.