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Top Chefs Luncheon Benefits Mission Dolores Academy

April 23, 2015

Charles Phan of The Slanted Door, reigning winner of the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant, orchestrated an all-star team for inner-city students on April 22, 2015 at the Four Seasons.

For the third consecutive year, the school’s annual benefit luncheon featured a three-course culinary collaboration deftly orchestrated by Charles Phan of The Slanted Door, with contributions from Phan, Anne Walker and Kris Hoogerhyde of Bi-Rite Creamery, Craig Stoll of Delfina, Alexander La Motte of the Four Seasons, Charles Hirigoyen of Piperade, and Salvatore Cracco of Trou Normand. The Four Seasons Hotel set the stage for the event. Guests also enjoyed violin and choral performances by Mission Dolores Academy students.

In the past three years, the Top Chefs Luncheon has raised more than $2 million to fund scholarships and other critical programs benefiting Mission Dolores Academy Students.

This year, presenting sponsor Dignity Health underwrote the cost of luncheon.  Thanks to their generosity, 100% of proceeds raised from the event will go directly to supporting the Academy.

“I was touched to have witnessed the kindness in the hearts of these dedicated students during my recent visit to Mission Dolores Academy,” said Lloyd H. Dean, president/CEO of Dignity Health. “Access to technology and a high-quality education should not be a privilege, and we are honored to do our part to ensure the Academy’s students are afforded the tools necessary for continued success.”

The chef collaboration is the brainchild of Phan, who grew up in the Mission and is a longtime supporter of Mission Dolores Academy. “I feel it is my duty to help our inner-city youth become successful, contributing members of their community,” Phan said. “Mission Dolores Academy is a part of this effort, and I am excited to be involved.”

Kate Kelly of CBS Eyewitness News served as emcee, and Damon Bruce of The Damon Bruce Show on 95.7 The GAME presided over the live auction.

The Academy offers a substantially lower tuition than most private K-8 schools in San Francisco. This tuition covers just half of the cost to educate each student, and with over 80% of students still requiring financial aid, the school relies on donor support to continue its mission to educate youth from underserved communities. “I remain deeply committed to the Academy, because every one of our kids is worth it,” said Michele Meany, Event Co-Chair. “To see firsthand how the students grow academically and spiritually while finding self-confidence and community, only reinforces that what all of us do to support the Academy is working and working very well.”

Development Committee Chair Sara Duryea added that the Academy offers a cutting-edge blended learning curriculum, which integrates individualized computer-based learning with teacher-led small group instruction. “Mission Dolores Academy is the only K-8 school in the Bay Area that fully integrates education technology throughout the entire core curriculum at all grade levels,” Duryea said. “Our students, many of whom do not have access to technology at home, are being introduced to a technology-based education at an early age. We want to thank Dignity Health, the Megan Furth Memorial Fund, and all of our generous donors for their support in continuing our mission.”

To learn how you can help support the students of Mission Dolores Academy Development Office, contact the at development@mdasf.org or 415.638.6213, or visit mdasf.org/support.


About Dignity Health: Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, is a 20-state network of nearly 9,000 physicians, 56,000 employees, and more than 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved.  In FY14, Dignity Health provided nearly $2 billion in charitable care and services. For more information, please visit our website at www.dignityhealth.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Mission Dolores Academy:  Mission Dolores Academy is an independent Catholic K-8 school that provides a world-class education to underserved youth from throughout the Bay Area.  The Academy is nationally and internationally recognized for its pioneering, technology-rich curriculum integrated with teacher-led, small group instruction. Our graduates go on to many of San Francisco’s most prestigious high schools.  83% are currently attending selective college preparatory high schools, and 100% are expected to attend college. To learn more about Mission Dolores Academy, visit mdasf.org.

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