Thank you to everyone who joined Episcopal Impact Fund at the 2017 Night of Light gala at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco!
This year's event honored faithful Episcopal Impact Fund supporters Pitch and Cathie Johnson and raised funds to further our mission of advancing pathways out of poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area. More than 290 people attended the gala and enjoyed an evening of live music, dinner, and dancing. A highlight of the evening was the surprise performance of “Quando me’n vo” from La Bohème, one of Pitch’s favorite arias, by soprano Toni Marie Palmertree and pianist John Elam of the San Francisco Opera.
The evening’s program spotlighted four of our recent projects in our focus areas of education, health and wellness, housing access and the environment, and included a conversation between Bishop Marc Andrus and Pitch Johnson about success, the importance of friendship and giving back.
When asked about the importance of friends throughout his life, Pitch’s answer also described the role of the Episcopal Impact Fund throughout the Diocese of California: “Caring and friendship is the knowledge that someone is there when you need them, and the knowledge that if you need to share some troubles with somebody, they are there for you.”