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    Tenderloin Tessie 50th Anniversary

    All Photos Courtesy of Juan R. Davila

    Michael Gagne welcomed guests to the 50th Anniversary celebration of Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners, which was held on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation.  

    Guests enjoyed a free dinner and entertainment by Vanessa Bousay, who was joined on stage by the San Francisco Bay Times team’s Juan Davila to serve at her invitation as accompanying dancer.

    Volunteers honored at the event included Stephen Johnson, Stuart Guirtmann, Sylvie Dhaussy, Bousay, Robert McCloud, James Campbell, Elizabeth Green-Sah, Davila, Bobbie Avilia, Eugene Kettner, Forest McDonald, Frank Brooks, John Dimeo, Alex Ray, Max Schroeder, Carol/John Hall, Chandler, Johnson, Lois Alpert, Fred Green, Charles, Pitt, and the Fog Rugby Guys.

    A special volunteer recognition presentation was included in the 50th Anniversary program. Davila received a Tenderloin Tessie Unsung Hero award for his significant volunteerism.

    Dignitaries attending included former State Senator Mark Leno and Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Dean Preston. Proclamations were presented from the City of San Francisco in honor of the 50th Anniversary. Members of the organization’s Board of Directors were also recognized.

    To support the Tenderloin Tessie events or serve as a volunteer, write to or call 415-584-3252.

    Published on May 23, 2024