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2023 Night of Smiles Gala

May 6, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Please join us at Hotel Nikko in San Francisco on May 6th, 2023 for our annual gala & celebration!

Attire: Formal, Black Tie Optional, Derby Gear (Derby Hats, Fascinators, Ascots, etc.), or International Attire

Each year, a fantastic group of donors, volunteers, staff, and supporters gather to celebrate another year of changing children’s lives and improving the quality of healthcare in remote places around the world. We also use the opportunity to honor just a few of the people who have gone above and beyond to make that work possible. 

Please join us for an elegant evening with a multi-course meal prepared by world-renowned and Michelin-recommended Executive Chef Adam Mali and his crew, along with free-flowing wine, fabulous raffle & auction prizes, photo booth, and dancing!

The night will begin with an array of passed appetizers, live music, and opening silent auction bids, then proceed into a program to honor the life-changing work of Alliance for Smiles and some of its most dedicated volunteers and donors. 

Because this year’s gala falls on the same day as the Kentucky Derby, we’ve let the spirit of that race inspire our theme for this year, so together:

“We’re Off…to Create Smiles!”


We are so grateful to all of our sponsors! We couldn’t have put on such a cost effective event without their support.

Gold Sponsors

Rotary Club of South San Francisco

Hunter Events


Rose Sponsors

Glaucoma Research Foundation

Let’s Roam


Additional Sponsors

Academy of Art University

Junior League, Done in a Day (DIAD) Project

Movement of Belonging

National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy

One Brick

USF Rotaract

Live Auction Items!

3 Days and 2 Nights in an Ocean Front Santa Cruz Beach House

3 days and 2 nights in a newly constructed, ocean-front 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom beach house in Santa Cruz that sleeps up to 8 guests. This gorgeous home boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the Ocean, Boardwalk, and Wharf from its unique location on West Cliff Drive.

The home features two private decks, perfect for sipping your morning coffee while gazing out over the ocean. A robust sound and entertainment system makes relaxing at home just as enjoyable as being out on the town.

And speaking of town, you’ll be situated within walking distance of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and Downtown. Plus, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is just across the street, offering you even more opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Dates subject to availability.  For more information on the home, Click Here
Valued at $2500; bidding begins at $800.

Charles Schucker Painting

This painting is a rare and extremely special piece of American history – an original WPA creation by acclaimed post-war, contemporary American painter Charles Schucker (1908-1998), which has been generously donated by his daughter, Carrie Schucker. 

In 1935, FDR created the Works Progress Administration or WPA, which helped finance creators like Charles to compose incredible pieces like this one. Charles was an incredible artist and his work has been and remains on display in many prestigious collections, including the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney, the Illinois State Museum, and the Katonah Museums of Art, among many others.

For more information, visit Charles’ website at CharlesSchucker.com and read the book Charles L. Schucker: Opening the Inner Self, Portrait of Colors.

This piece is signed by the artist and was shown at the Chicago Arts Institute in the 1930s.

The value of this rarity is priceless, though his paintings have generally sold for up to $3000; bidding begins at $800.

Tour With KPIX Sports Director Vern Glenn

This unforgettable experience will take you behind the scenes in one of the Bay Area’s most prestigious newsrooms, and is a rare opportunity to join four-time Emmy award winning sports anchor and reporter Vern Glenn to watch a live broadcast of KPIX news, go on a private guided tour of the newsroom, and see the inner workings of the news station!

Vern is a master storyteller and true icon of local journalism with decades of experience covering the biggest stories in the Bay Area and beyond. 

This rare opportunity is priceless, but Vern has allowed us to open bidding at $500.

One-Week Stay in The Dominican Republic

Get ready for the vacation of your dreams – a heavenly one week stay in a 2-bedroom (with 2 queen beds), 2 bathroom beach-front condo in the Dominican Republic.

The condo is situated in a terrific location on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic, in Kite Beach, Cabarete. Kite Beach is best known as an international destination for kite-boarding. Surfing, wind-surfing, wing-sailing, and paddle-boarding are all popular pastimes there.

The unit is available for one week in 2023 or 2024 by mutual agreement on or before June 30, 2024.

This experience is priceless as well, but the donor, honoree Dr. Susan Taylor, has allowed us to open the bidding at $1000.


Founder’s Dinner for 6 Hosted by Anita Stangl

This Founder’s Dinner will be an intimate and unforgettable experience, with Alliance for Smiles co-founder and incredible chef Anita Stangl as your gracious host. You will enjoy an exquisite and personalized 5-course meal for up to 6 people prepared by Anita and her sous chefs, along with fine wine, an open bar and stimulating conversation all supplied by Anita and company.

Date and menu to be mutually agreed upon in consultation with Anita. Venue is the beautiful and elegant home of one of the Alliance for Smiles’ Gala Committee members; menu is flexible, delightful, and can be adjusted for dietary restrictions and allergies.

Again, this is a priceless opportunity and experience, but Anita has allowed us to begin bidding at $800.



May 6, 2023
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Hotel Nikko
222 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States