October 11, 2011
District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim will be one of several local celebrities to be tossed into a frigid swimming pool tonight to help raise funds for children and families.
The 19th Annual Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation Celebrity Pool Toss – San Francisco’s wettest and wildest fundraiser – will be held tonight at the Phoenix Hotel, at 6pm.
Other celebrities to take the plunge include socialite photographer Drew Altizer, Alexa Arena, vice president, Forest City Enterprises, Whitney Arnautou, first degree black-belt instructor of karate and creator of Core-a-Te – a conditioning and self-defense program, Erin and Bryana Cullen, TEAM CULLEN Family Toss (family of the late Brother Kelly Cullen, past TNDC executive director and Celebrity Pool Toss founder), Don Falk, TNDC executive director, John Pritzker,CEO, Geolo Capital, Team Twitter, Twitter, Inc., and Charles Zukow, CEO, Charles Zukow Associates.
Each year, the Celebrity Pool Toss raises funds to benefit the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s (TNDC) Tenderloin After-School Program and other family programs serving over 3,000 extremely low-income individuals in San Francisco’s Tenderloin and nearby neighborhoods.
Co-hosted by actor/director/producer Cindy Williams and TV host/actor/comedian Suzanne Whang and co-chaired by Laura King Pfaff and Jim Losi and featuring MC Hammer as one of the emcees, the evening promises to make a big splash!
Chip Conley, founder of the TNDC’s Celebrity Pool Toss and Joie de Vivre
Cheryl Jennings, anchor, KGO-TV/ABC7
Liam Mayclem, host/producer, CBS-TV/5 “Eye On The Bay”
Yigit Pura, owner & executive pastry chef TOUT SWEET opening early 2012
Tori Ritchie, cooking teacher, cookbook author and blogger at TuesdayRecipe.com
Empress XXX Donna Sachet, TV host/performer/columnist, B.A.R
Jan Wahl, entertainment reporter, KRON & KCBS.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 11 from 6pm – 10pm; tossing begins at 7pm
WHERE: Poolside at the Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy Street (at Larkin), San Francisco
TICKETS and INFO: $125 each; available by calling TNDC at (415) 358-3944; visit TNDC’s website at www.tndc.org
The evening festivities will include entertainment by The Fabulous Bud E. Luv Show, Samba do Coração and DJ Rafa, a high-energy live auction led by an auctioneer from Bonhams, The Laugh Box photo booth, and the extremely toned lifeguards from Gold’s Gym who will be on hand to rescue any celebrities who can’t swim–or who just want to be rescued!
Founded in 1981, TNDC’s mission is to provide safe, affordable housing with support services for low-income people in the Tenderloin community and be a leader in making the neighborhood a better place to live. TNDC owns and manages 30 buildings that provide homes for over 3,000 extremely low-income seniors, families, people with disabilities, emancipated youth from the foster care system, and formerly homeless individuals recovering from substance abuse or mental illness. In addition, TNDC provides support services to help residents stabilize their lives and develop a sense of community, including a team of 25 on-site social workers, the free TNDC Tenderloin After-School Program for neighborhood children, and a Community Organizing program to encourage residents to get involved in making positive change in the Tenderloin. More information about TNDC and its programs can be found at www.tndc.org.