On November 18, 2012, North Beach Citizens, a local non-profit for homeless and low-income citizens founded by Francis Ford Coppola, will host its Eighth Annual Community Recognition Award Dinner, which funds nearly 20 percent of the organization’s annual budget, in honor of Bay Area activist and community leader, Anne Halsted. Halsted is being recognized for her ongoing success of fostering community among diverse groups and for her support of North Beach Citizens’ mission and work as a dedicated board member for nine years as well as her extensive advocacy efforts with numerous non-profit organizations, including SPUR, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Corporation.
John Keker, well-known Bay Area attorney and longtime supporter of North Beach Citizens, will act as Master of Ceremonies at the event being held at the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club. The evening will include a welcome reception, dinner, and honoree presentation, with more than 200 guests expected in attendance, including District 8 Supervisor, Scott Wiener, Bevan Dufty, and San Francisco’s Director of HOPE (Housing, Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement)
For the past eight years, the Community Recognition Award Dinner has served as a forum for the community to pay tribute to outstanding individuals who demonstrate excellence in service to those who are underserved and disadvantaged. In past years North Beach Citizens has honored Ed and Mary Etta Moose (2004), Denise McCarthy (2005), Angela Alioto (2006), Mary Risley (2007), Jeanne Milligan (2008), Peggy Knickerbocker (2009), John Stewart (2010), Alessandro Baccari, Jr. (2011) and Carolyn Zecca Ferris (2011).