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    Project Open Hand Upcoming Events

    By Tara Blake

    Our event calendar is at full capacity this year, and there are a wide variety of opportunities to support Project Open Hand’s meals with love, while having fun experiences throughout the Bay Area.
    We kick off with our annual gala, Taste of the City, to be held on May 5. Starting at 5:30 pm at San Francisco City Hall, this benefit brings those with an appetite for philanthropy to the city’s finest restaurants for a unique culinary experience. Guiding the reception program are two iconic Bay Area drag personalities, Pollo Del Mar and MGM Grande, so guests can count on a fun and lively evening. Reception tickets are still available for purchase at
    Or, you could opt to enjoy the city’s scenic offerings, by participating in AIDS Walk San Francisco! We’re looking for walkers of every stripe to join us on July 17 in Golden Gate Park. Participants not only support the work of Project Open Hand, but also help out many other HIV/AIDS service organizations in the Bay Area.

    More adventurous types should join us on July 23–24 for the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer. The two-day event begins and ends in San Francisco, by way of an overnight base camp in Marin County.

    For the athletes among us, registration is officially open for the 2016 Giant Race on September 11. Fundraise-to-run for Project Open Hand and get free registration and great prizes! Cristina Solorio, one of our top Giant Race fundraisers, is already in training mode.
    Equally excited about the race and supporting Project Open Hand, Cristina says, “I run for Project Open Hand because their food is nutrition based. As a trainer, I know it’s not just about the workout; it’s about what you’re putting in your body and Project Open Hand chefs are very conscious of what they’re putting in clients’ meals.”
    Our jam-packed schedule ends on a sweet note with the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival on September 10–11. The Ghirardelli Square festivities include chocolate of all kinds, specialty coffees, ice cream, wine and more—plus 100% of the profits are donated to Project Open Hand!

    Full details for all events are listed at