Photo courtesy of David Bush

On December 5th the 8th annual Angel Lights Benefit and Countdown to the lighting of the Angel Lights took place at Ondine in Sausalito. America’s Got Talent star and Mill Valley resident, Tim Hockenberry, electrified the evening with his powerful vocals and electronic keyboard. This unique opportunity to see and hear Hockenberry didn’t disappoint with the spectacular waterfront views and Angel Island literally as his backdrop.

Guests were treated to an array of exquisite bites, cocktails, raffle prizes, and entertainment by the Jeff Derby Trio and Tim Hockenberry. Back by popular demand, Bay Area Backroads star and career environmentalist Doug McConnell, was the emcee for this special evening which also included a live auction, with unique one-of-a-kind experiences that raised funds toward implementing the Park’s recently completed Interpretation Master Plan.

A Fund-a-Need rally also realized donations to provide youths from underserved areas with the ability to visit the island and experience learning opportunities that extend far beyond the classroom.  Three high school students, and one very dedicated teacher from Oakland Unity High, shared their experiences as beneficiaries of the Conservancy’s Student Service-Learning Scholarship Program.

Outgoing Board President, Gail Dolton, introduced incoming Board President Greg Johnson and the Board of Directors who will carry on Angel Island Conservancy’s mission to revitalize Angel Island State Park, starting with Ayala Cove, the gateway to the island. This undertaking of course would not be possible without the financial support of our generous community and the work of dedicated volunteers.

The evening was memorable and successful with thanks to our dedicated Angel Lights Committee team, led by Grace & Bob Salk. Committee members included Grace Contro, Development Consultant Lisa Eltinge,  Jolynn  Hardiman, Conservancy Operations Manager Jacquie Klose, Nina Mayerhofer, Doug McConnell, Auctioneer Keith McLane, Azita Mujica-Beavers, and Kathy Taft. A big “thank you” also goes  to Angel Island Park Superintendent Amy Brees, Supervising Ranger Steve Schory, Maintenance Worker Gary Cogburn, Interpreters Casey Dexter-Lee and Ben Fenkell, and volunteers Jen Rost, Mary Jo Cogburn, Terry Lai, Marshall Grimes, David Holt, Richard Kandel, Sue Kokos, and Kim Schory along with her sons Connor & Ian.

In large part, this evening was also made possible with the support of Presenting Sponsors Sudha Pennathur LLC and Jeanne Overcashier; Patron Sponsors Marin Community Foundation, Bob & Grace Salk and Grace, Marina, & Gabriella Contro; Contributing Sponsors Drever Capital Management, Alcatraz Cruises, Aimee Brown, Gail & Douglas Dolton, and Linda Moore & Mark Liebthal; and Supporting Sponsors Jon & Catherine d’Alessio, Mike Josselyn & Micki Kelly, Rosemary & Peyton Galloway, Skip & Julie Spaulding, Lisa Klairmont & Harold Kleiderman, Gabrielle Keil, James & Rosanne Baldino, Don Leonard, Lynn Eichinger & Jim Adams, Joseph & Carolyn Schmidt, the Gee Family Foundation, Silicon Valley Foundation, Main Street Research, Pacific Waterfront Partners LLC, Blue & Gold Fleet, California State Parks Foundation, and Farella Braun + Martel LLP.

We also thank our in-kind donors including Angel Island Tiburon Ferry, Ondine/The Trident, La Marca Procescco, Casey Flat Ranch, Honig Vineyard and Winery, The Giants, Jessie et Laurent, Robert Meyer’s Mangia/Nosh Catering Company, Cass House Inn and Restaurant, FogCatcher Inn, Public Design, Elliot Karlan Photography, The Lodge at Tiburon, Waters Edge Hotel, Wildcare, Tiburon Fire Protection District, Guaymas and Westpark Express.

In addition to the funds raised at the benefit, throughout the month of December, the ‘Angel Lights’ shine from the top of Angel Island. The lights are ‘adopted‘ as a thoughtful thanks to a friend or relative, as a remembrance of a loved one, or as recognition of someone who makes this world a better place to live. In turn these ‘adoptions’ provide financial support for the mission of Angel Island Conservancy in support of Angel Island State Park.

Photos by Elliot Karlan
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