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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

6:00 – 9:00PM

Sit-down Dinner at 7PM, Awards Program at 7:15PM

 Reception – Dinner – Celebration – Raffle

The 2016 Open Palm Awards honors not only the accomplishments of Dolores Street Community Services, but those who have made profound contributions to support affordable housing, homeless services, and immigrant communities in San Francisco.  All funds raised at this event will support Dolores Street’s vision for a vibrant and diverse San Francisco where multiple cultures, life experiences and contributions are honored, and all people live with dignity and hope.

Come celebrate our 2016 awardees…

National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) is the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for millions of domestic workers in the United States.  Here in California, the Alliance has supported the California Domestic Worker Coalition, which won a Domestic Worker Bill of Rights in 2013.  The alliance has changed the lives of tens of thousands of workers and shaped a new national and international conversation about the value of domestic work and its place in society.

Bevan Dufty was director of the office of HOPE (Housing Opportunities Partnerships and Engagement) for the City and County of San Francisco until his retirement last November. During his tenure in the position, he helped thousands of San Franciscans experiencing homelessness by ensuring that the City’s services were responsive to their needs. His specific efforts with Dolores Street included a strong leadership role in opening Jazzie’s Place, as well as being readily available to help clients in crisis in both our shelter and SRO Collaborative programs.


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Please join us at our annual event celebrating not only the accomplishments
of Dolores Street Community Services, but those who have made profound
contributions to support affordable housing, homeless services,
and immigrant communities in San Francisco.
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This year we are proud to announce that we’ll be recognizing Causa Justa::Just Cause for the Immigrant Rights Award and Stephany Joy Ashley for the Housing Justice Award.

Causa Justa: Just Cause played a powerful leadership role in ensuring the passage of the Due Process for All Ordinance in San Francisco last year, which provides new protections for immigrants arrested but unjustly transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Not only staff, but dozens of members of the organization, mobilized to ensure that this policy was advanced.

Stephany Joy Ashley has worked for years to ensure access to health and dignified housing for some of our City’s most vulnerable residents, including SRO tenants and people living with HIV/AIDS.  As Executive Director of St. James Infirmary, she understands that addressing health inequities in our communities requires a multifaceted approach incorporating culturally competent direct services, community-based organizing, and policy changes that address poverty and homelessness.   


Special Thanks to our 2014 Sponsors!



Diane B. Wilsey

Dan Costello, President - Farallone Pacific Insurance Agency

Van Der Hout Brigagliano & Nightingale LLP

Law Offices of Fellom & Solorio

DZH Phillips

Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Satterley & Basl Foundation, Inc.


National Union of Healthcare Workers
Daniel's Pharmacy
Swinerton Builders
Myrna Melgar
Brightline Defense
AmOne Corp
Seth & Nancy Kreimer
HaleyNelson & Heilbrun, LLP 
Malea Chavez & Nick Pagoulatos


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The 2013

Open Palm Awards

Come Celebrate Our 2013 Awardees…

  • Supervisor David Campos - For his support of housing and homeless services for the City’s most vulnerable residents, including the first emergency shelter focused on serving homeless LGBT adults
  • O'Melveny & Myers, LLP - For three years of exceptional pro-bono work that resulted in a winning defense of community members arrested during an unlawful immigration raid
About the Open Palm Awards:
A fundraiser and celebration, the 2013 Open Palm Awards honors not only the accomplishments of Dolores Street Community Services, but those who have made profound contributions to support affordable housing, homeless services, and immigrant communities in San Francisco.

Please join us for an evening like no other…

Dolores Street Community Services presents
The 2013 Open Palm Awards
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
6:00 – 9:00PM
Sit-down Dinner at 7 PM, Awards Program at 7:15 PM
Reception – Food – Drinks – Celebration     
The Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA

About Dolores Street Community Services
Dolores Street Community Services works to prevent homelessness, create affordable housing, build community, and empower low-income residents of San Francisco. Please visit for more information.


Wednesday, November 20th, 2013, 6-9PM

Sit-down Dinner at 7 PM
Awards Program at 7:15 PM

The Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA

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About the Open Palm Awards:
A fundraiser and celebration, the 2013 Open Palm Awards honors not only the accomplishments of Dolores Street Community Services, but those who have made profound contributions to support affordable housing, homeless services, and immigrant communities in San Francisco.


Thank you to our sponsors!











Diane Wilsey



The Law Office of Bernardo Merino
AMOne Corp
Farallone Pacific Insurance Services
Malea Chavez and Nick Pagoulatos
Law Office of Karl W. Krooth
Swinerton Builders

AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP)
Rainbow Grocery Cooperative
National Union of Healthcare Workers
Law Offices of Michael Rossoff
Cahill Contractors
Women’s Community Clinic
Bi-Rite Family of Businesses
Harm Reduction Therapy Center
Hospitality House
Sommers Employment Law Group, P.C.
Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH)
ACE Pharmacy
FDC Construction, Inc.
Alphascript Specialty Pharmacy
Ilene Dick, Farella Braun + Martel



Come dance the night away at PUBLIC WORKS, and help build the first adult LGBT focused homeless shelter in San Francisco!

Tickets are $50 for a General Admission ticket, and $100 for a VIP ticket that includes a private VIP section at the venue, and a VIP reception with special guests.

We’ll have everything you’re looking for in a party: Amazing DJ’s and live entertainment on two floors all night long, stunning décor, an aerialist, photo booth provided by Photography for Good, liquor tasting tables, and an open bar with sponsored vodka cocktails, wine, and Sapporo beer.

There are hundreds of LGBT individuals living on the streets of our community who desperately need care, food, and immediate shelter. Unfortunately, over 70% of transgender residents and over half of LGBT-identifying individuals report having experienced physical and verbal violence at the city's shelters because of their identity.

In order to open this shelter we need to raise $100,000 to complete construction. With your support, we hope to raise the remaining funds through this Gala being put on for our benefit from the fine folks at Reason To Party.

Help us raise funds by purchasing a ticket to BUILT TO LAST, and enjoy an event to remember.  Use promo code
BOBTHEBUILDER for  a discounted ticket!

One party can make a difference. We’ll see you there!
30th-anniversary-logo-webWe hope you'll join us at our 30th Anniversary Celebration and Open Palm Awards, which will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at The Blue Macaw (2565 Mission Street) nightclub in the heart of the Mission District.
As always, this event will be an opportunity not only to celebrate Dolores Street’s many accomplishments over the past year (and the past 30 years!), but also to recognize others who have made significant contributions to the fields in which we work.
Please join us in honoring the recipients of the 2012 Open Palm Awards:
  • Housing Justice Award: Oscar Grande, Community Organizer with PODER (People Organizing to Demand Environmental and Economic Rights) for his tremendous leadership over the past decade working with youth and families to fight for affordable housing in the Mission and Excelsior Districts
  • Immigrant Rights Award: Tom Ammiano, Assemblymember representing the 13th District of the State of California for his courageous sponsorship of the California Domestic Workers Bill of Rights and the Trust Act, to ensure that immigrant rights are respected and honored throughout our State
  • HIV/AIDS Services Award: Chris Harris, Former Development Specialist, HOPWA  (Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS) programs, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, for her 18 years of tireless dedication to provide quality housing to some of San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents
  • Neighborhood Legacy Award: The Founders of Dolores Street Community Services, for responding to the initial call to provide shelter to Central American refugees arriving in the Mission District in 1982, and laying the foundation for an organization that would continue to flourish and grow for the next three decades

We hope we can count on your support to make our 30th Anniversary event a success, and that you will be able to join us on November 15th

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 This year’s Open Palm Award will be given in memory of Eric
Quezada, Dolores Street’s Executive Director from 2005-
2011 who died on August 24 after a courageous
battle with cancer. The award will be accepted
by his wife, Lorena Melgarejo.

Please join us as we celebrate the extraordinary
contributions Eric made to Dolores Street, hear about
our accomplishments over the past year, and about
our plans for continuing our work together on
immigrant rights, land use and affordable housing,
and addressing homelessness in our community.
The celebration will include a full no-host bar,
catering, music by Francisco Herrera and Los Nadies,
a silent auction featuring Eric’s collection of
political t-shirts going back over 20 years, and more!
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