Last night’s benefit fundraiser for displaced victims of the June 18 Mission Street Fire was a wonderful thing. About 400 Bernal and Mission neighbors turned out to represent, and while the receipts are still being counted, together the event helped raise more than $10,000 — which will now be matched 1:1 by a generous corporate donor. Plus, additional donations are still rolling in.
As always, El Rio was fabulous and magical, with an eclectic crowd mingling on the back patio:
Inside, great bands were playing:
With a DJ spinning in the stylish main bar:
The raffle was a big hit:
This lucky lady won a gen-U-ine painting salvaged from the walls of the fire-damaged 3300 Club, generously donated by the bar’s owners. Quite a souvenir:
Of course, photos don’t give you a full sense of the scene, so here’s a video tour of El Rio filmed live last night from the Bernalwood Mobile Uplink iPhone:
Remember, even if you missed the fun last night, you can still make a tax-deductible contribution to the MEDA Fire Victim’s fund, right here.
It took a lot of work from a lot of people to make this fundraiser happen, so special thanks go out to:
- Glamorous Bernal Neighbor Sana Saleem who spearheaded the event
- Zack Mellette & William Fitzgerald, Google employees who helped organize the event and coordinate the raffle
- The Mission Economic Development Corporation for managing the tax-deductable fund and assisting with raffle sales
- Edwin Lindo, for organizing a relief fund, helping with raffle ticket sales, and being a lot of fun
- El Rio’s Staff for being El Rio, and hosting the event, and donating bar proceeds to the cause
- Virgil’s Sea Room right next door for hosting the overflow and donating proceeds to fire victims
- All the stone-cold sexxxy musicians and entertainers who performed
- All the fantastic local merchants and donors who contributed items for the raffle
- Ros and her team from the Red Cross, who have been with the survivors at the shelter since the fire
- Carrie Grimes, site lead for the Google’s San Francisco office, who sponsored a fundraiser at the company which over 230 googlers supported.
And lastly, a very, very, very special thanks to…
Everyone who showed up last night! It was a beautiful thing to see so many people from all over the political map coming together for a common cause, at a time when our neighbors needed us most. Our community is our strength.