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20th Anniversary Night of Smiles Gala – May 4, 2024

May 4

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 around the world. We also use this opportunity to honor just a few of the people who have gone above and beyond to make that work possible. Our special 20th anniversary celebration will be an occasion to take the festivities to the next level!

Please join us for an elegant evening with a gourmet multi-course meal along with free-flowing wine, fabulous raffle & auction prizes, a 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.

Congratulations To This Year’s Honorees

Volunteer of the Year:

Distinguished Service:

Children’s Champion:

International Legacy Partner:

Special Recognition Award:

Special Recognition Award:

20 Years of Leadership:

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One-Week Stay In A Dominican Republic Condo

Value: Priceless
Starting Bid: $1000

One week stay in a 2-bedroom (two queen beds), 2-bathroom beach front condo in the Dominican Republic. The condo has 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. Unit available for one week in 2024 or 2025 by mutual agreement on or before June 30, 2025.

Louisiana Crab Boil for 6 to 8 people, Hosted by Karl & Diane Wustrack and Rod Young

Value: Priceless
Starting bid: $800

This is a rare opportunity to have Alliance for Smiles Chairman of the Board and Lead Surgeon, Dr. Karl Wustrack, wait on and cook for you! Karl is known to make a wicked Hurricane and also truly knows a Louisiana Boil like no other – this is complete with crab, prawns, hot links, potatoes, corn, drinks, and so much more. It’s Karl’s favorite meal to prepare and will soon be your favorite to enjoy. Truly an experience you will never forget. Karl and Diane will even join you at the meal’s end. Enjoy this rare chance to pick his incredible brain for medical details, basketball facts, or just to bask in his dead-pan humor that always keeps the party going. The meal will be hosted at AfS Board Member Rod Young’s house in Palo Alto, which includes access to a pool for you and your guests. As Karl would say, “Carry on!” and he means it! Enjoy this incredible, fun, and decadently delicious experience for up to 8 people – your guests will be both delighted and full at the end.

Original WPA Painting by Charles Schucker 

Value: Priceless
Starting bid: $2500

Don’t miss your chance to own a piece of American history – an original WPA painting by the acclaimed artist Charles Schucker (1908-1998). During the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt created the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which supported a number of budding artists, including a young, particularly talented one named Charles Schucker.

Charles completed twenty watercolors/gouaches encompassing city life in Chicago, Illinois, and the nearby countryside. Most of these works are now in national museums such as the Illinois State Museum. Charles moved his family to New York after WWII and became a renowned artist and Professor of Art at the Pratt Institute. He is best known for his abstract paintings along with his contemporaries such as Morris Louis, Helen Frankenthaler, and Jackson Pollack. His major exhibitions include the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn and Katonah Museums of Art in New York, and a One-Man Show in 1971 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and his papers and writings are featured at the Smithsonian. Visit CharlesSchucker.com to read reviews by major art critics, his biography, and view available works.

This particular watercolor/gouache painting comes from the family collection of Cheryl Chang and Carrie Schucker, Ph.D, member of the Rotary Club of San Francisco. As there are only a few WPA paintings left in the collection, the family is planning to host a retrospective show, so this painting may be the last of its genre to be donated. This painting is being donated to Alliance for Smiles because of the life-changing work the organization provides to children and their families. An illustrative biography from the 2017 Walter Wickiser Gallery Show will be included with this auction package. The painting was recently custom-framed. Painting dimensions are 22″W x 15″H and frame dimensions are 32″W x 25″H. This is a truly priceless work of art and piece of history.

Quintessential San Francisco Luxury Package – Tasting with Wine Pairing for 2 at Kiln Restaurant, Plus a 2-Night Stay at Hotel Nikko

Value- Up to $1700
Starting bid: $700 

Are you ready to enjoy the ultimate luxurious experience in San Francisco? This package includes an intimate tasting menu experience at Kiln – semi-finalist of the prestigious James Beard Foundation awards – coupled with a 2-night stay at the luxurious Hotel Nikko in downtown San Francisco. The Kiln tasting menu features 20 unique courses, which will each be accompanied by either alcoholic or spirit-free pairings. Every dish is meticulously prepared, with some even involving a laborious three-day process. Afterwards, you will reside in luxury at the gorgeous Hotel Nikko, located in the heart of San Francisco, where you can immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural scene of the city with easy access to countless restaurants, museums, shopping and more!

Gourmet Private 5-Course “Founder’s Dinner” Hosted by Anita Stangl & Margaret Miley

Value: Priceless
Starting bid: $1000

Indulge in an intimate, unforgettable, multi-course gourmet dining experience prepared for you by Alliance for Smiles co-founder & incomparable chef Anita Stangl and sous chef Margaret Miley, who will be your gracious hosts and gourmands. You will enjoy an exquisite, customized 5-course gourmet meal for up to 6 people, complete with fine wine pairings & an open bar in an beautiful and elegant home located in the Marina area of San Francisco. You will work with Anita & Margaret to schedule this on the perfect date (within the next year) and they will help create the perfect personalized menu for you and your guests. All that, and you don’t have to worry about setting up or cleaning up, as it will be hosted in the gorgeous home of a Gala Committee member.

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Recchiuti Confections Sharing Box (Value: $150)

Recchiuti Confections Sharing Box (Value: $150): The NYT named Recchiuti “best all around chocolates” & this Sharing Box was among the “15 Best Gift Baskets of 2022”! It contains a selection of Recchiuti’s finest confections, like: Fleur de Sel Caramels, Cacao Nib & Fleur de Sel Mendiants, Dragée Sampler, and multiple Bars.

Freeman Wine Trio (Value: $208)

Freeman Vineyard & Winery is a pioneer of cool-climate Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. Their acclaimed wines are served at State Luncheons, to President Obama, vice-president Kamala Harris, & Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. This exclusive wine set trio includes a 2021 Chardonnay, 2015 Pinot Noir, and 2021 Rose Brut from Freeman Vineyard & Winery.

Dom Perignon Brut Champagne 2013 (Value: $270)

Every bottle of Dom Perignon contains a specific and unique vintage of champagne, meaning that it is always made from the fruit of only the best grapes from one exceptional year, never a blend of vintages. James Suckling rated this specific champagne 98/100 points. See for yourself why Dom Perignon is the most celebrated champagne by indulging in this beautiful, rare bottle.

Night on the Town: Ballet, Theater, & Spa (Value $410):

This package is an ideal blend of art & relaxation, perfect for anyone eager to experience the best of San Francisco’s arts scene. Begin with a captivating performance by Smuin Ballet, & continue your evening with a personalized 60-minute massage at Spa J’Adore, a top spa destination offering everything from Swedish to Deep Tissue massages. Conclude your night at the intimate San Francisco Playhouse with top-notch theater in an engaging, up-close setting. (Donor: San Francisco Playhouse, Smuin Ballet, & Spa J’Adore)

Fleet Week – Blue Angels Viewing Party (Value: $600)

Saturday October 12, 2024 – You will get a close-up look at the thrilling Blue Angels’ annual airshow as they fly directly overhead at this private viewing party in San Francisco for up to 8 people. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres & free flowing drinks from a gorgeous rooftop. This will be an exclusive and unforgettable SF experience!

Thank You To Our Amazing Sponsors!

Schedule for the Evening

5~7pm:  Opening Reception
Opening Reception
Silent Auction
Raffle Ticket Sales
Photo Booths
Complimentary Wine, Champagne, & Hors D’Oeuvres

7~10pm:  Dinner Program
Gourmet Multi-course Dinner
Awards Program hosted by Chase Masterson,
Special Performance by Alliana Lili Yang
Live Auction
Raffle Drawing
DJ & Dancing

Photos From Last Year’s Gala


May 4


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