Ambassadors Raise Over $400K

On September 17, the Ambassadors for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco came together at a private home in Sonoma for their inaugural fundraising gala, An Evening in the Meadow. 123 guests raised over $400,000 for Child Life Services, including music therapy, child life specialists, and family support services.

The evening’s program, emceed by the rousing Andrew Firestone, was inspiring and emotional from the beginning. Dr. Robert Goldsby, pediatric oncologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, opened the program and was then joined onstage by ten-year-old cancer survivor Ryan Magnussun and her mother Mindy. Ryan shared the story of her fight against osteosarcoma (bone cancer) and Mindy praised the doctors and child life staff for making their family comfortable throughout their experience.

“This hospital offers world-class medical care.” – Maddy Yankee, grateful parent

Sonoma resident, Maddy Yankee closed the program with an emotional retelling of her three-year-old son, Jack’s, hospitalization after being diagnosed with a very rare autoimmune disorder. She applauded the Center for Families and the care her family received as a whole during her son’s treatment.

“This hospital offers world-class medical care. We need the family resources to meet the same standard,” Maddy said at the event.

Inspired by the evening’s program, the Peterson Family Foundation announced that they would fund a year of music therapy for the entire children’s hospital.  The positive energy continued late into the night as guests danced to a live band and sampled local Sonoma wines.

Thank you to our generous sponsors and the event co-chairs, Brittany Bijan, Rachel Cecchi, Jessica Cuneo, and Kevin Krystofiak.

Learn more about the Ambassadors for UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco.

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