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A Night on the Town for Mission Dolores Academy

November 8, 2016

A Night on the Town for Mission Dolores Academy

Photo-Drew Altizer

​On Saturday, November 5th, San Francisco’s movers and shakers were whisked back in time to the glamorous era for a 1950’s dinner show - "A Night on the Town". Held at the historic Great American Music Hall, over 200 guests gathered for a fabulous evening of cocktails, dinner and entertainment from cabaret stars Andrea Marcovicci and Shawn Ryan.

Led by event Co-Chairs Kathryn Duryea, Kelsey Phelps Finch, and Lily Bowles Leo, the event benefited the students of Mission Dolores Academy, an innovative K-8 school educating underserved youth from throughout the Bay Area.

L to R: MDA Chair, Sara Duryea, Kelsey Phelps Finch, Shawn Ryan,
Lily Bowles Leo and Kathryn Duryea. Photo - Drew Altizer

Guests entered a world of dark madmen supper club ambiance with martinis and Manhattans in hand, as they sat at tables adorned with fresh gardenias and soft pink table lamps for the show.

The event kicked off with an introduction to Mission Dolores Academy and its inspirational students from new Head of School, Paul Recktenwald. He described the school’s mission to serve students whose families otherwise would not be able to afford a high-quality private education. The school charges one of the lowest tuitions among private schools in San Francisco and provided over $1 million in scholarships the past five years to further assist families as the City becomes ever-more expensive. The room erupted into applause as he spoke of students’ impressive test scores and high school placements.

The evening began with “The Queen of Cabaret,” Andrea Marcovicci, serenading guests with her classic lounge set, which included the always-popular “Let’s Get Lost.”  Ms. Marcovicci was then followed by the talented and exuberant Shawn Ryan and his high-energy cabaret take on current pop music.

Shawn Ryan. Photo - Drew Altizer. 

Also on stage was the magnificent talent of 15-year-old Fiona Harden, a member of The Young Actors’ Theatre Camp (YATC) founded by Shawn Ryan. 

Fiona Harden. Photo - Drew Altizer. 

The evening ended in tables being pushed aside for more cocktails and dancing.

Event wine sponsor Luna Vineyards of Napa (lunavineyards.com) generously donated their delicious 2013 Sangiovese and 2014 Pinot Grigio in support of the event.

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Photo - Drew Altizer


Photo - Drew Altizer
Photo - Drew Altizer



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