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Soaring Into the Future. Distinguished Citizens Awards Annual Gala

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Join us on Thursday, October 12, for our 2023 Annual Gala, celebrating this year's Distinguished Citizens and supporting The Commonwealth Club and our past 120 years of powerful nonpartisan conversations.

We are excited to celebrate five outstanding community advocates who embody the theme of Soaring into the Future: Celebrating Resilience and Innovation through incredible acts of service and longstanding leadership. With this theme, we recognize the contributions of leaders and humanitarians who continue to uplift our communities in innovative and revolutionary ways. Their generosity of spirit strives to boost and improve the livelihood of the communities they serve, becoming pioneers in their fields and sources of hope and inspiration. 

The 35th Annual Gala 

The Annual Gala is the Club’s most important fundraising event of the year and is the philanthropic community’s opportunity to support its civic and nonpartisan mission.

The evening will be a celebratory and multifaceted awards ceremony and gala party! At one of San Francisco’s most spectacular venues—our very own beautiful headquarters on The Embarcadero.

The evening will kick off with an interactive awards ceremony with live remarks from our honorees and a musical performance. The celebration continues with a multi-level and multifaceted party with live music, entertainment activities, and catering served by Paula Le Duc, with a menu inspired by local flavors and seasonal ingredients.


This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

If you have symptoms of illness (coughing, fever, etc.), we ask that you either stay home or wear a mask. Our front desk has complimentary masks for members and guests who would like one.

The Commonwealth Club of California is a nonprofit public forum.

Photos courtesy the speakers.

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Thu, Oct 12 / 5:00 PM PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Denise Bradley-Tyson

Executive Chairperson, American Heart Association Bernard J. Tyson Impact Fund

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Mayor Willie Brown

Former Mayor of San Francisco; Former Speaker of the California State Assembly

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Dolores Huerta

Founder & President, The Dolores Huerta Foundation

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Ted Love

President and CEO, Global Blood Therapeutics

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Eric Yuan

Founder and CEO, Zoom Communications

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EMCEE: Janelle Wang

News Anchor, NBC Bay Area


4:30 pm door opens
5:00 pm welcome cocktail
6:00 pm award ceremony
7:15 pm gala party
(all times PDT)


$1200 Donor Level
$600 Award Level
$350 Party Only Level
Register for online access