Loaves & Fishes Award Dinner and Gala


Presenting Sponsor: Thoresen Foundation
Visionary Sponsors: Dignity Health and Salesforce

Save the Date!

Save the date for the 22nd Annual Loaves & Fishes Awards Dinner & Gala supporting our vital programs that serve vulnerable individuals in San Francisco, San Mateo, and Marin. Our event will take place Thursday, May 2, 2019 with the location to be determined. Stay tuned for information regarding our 2019 Loaves & Fishes Award for Faith in Action honoree!

For more information about our 2019 event, please contact Pat Gallagher, Catholic Charities Chief Development Officer, at pgallagher@CatholicCharitiesSF.org or 415.972.1231.


Loaves & Fishes Awards and Dinner Gala 2018

  On Thursday, May 24, 2018 we celebrated the power of extraordinary charity and justice to change lives every day at the
Catholic Charities 21st Annual Loaves & Fishes Dinner and Gala at the Palace Hotel.

We were honored to award Kathleen “Katie” Cardinal with the 2018 recipient of the Loaves & Fishes Award for Faith in Action.

Special guest entertainment was provided by internationally celebrated musical virtuoso, Ethan Bortnick.

Proceeds from this event directly benefit Catholic Charities services fighting homelessness and supporting families.

Event Program

About Kathleen “Katie” Cardinal, recipient of the 2018 Loaves & Fishes Award for Faith in Action

During her nine years as Catholic Charities Board member and Director Emeritus, Katie has brought unwavering commitment to those in need – and a passion for social justice. As former Board President of Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Chairwoman of the Board at California Pacific Medical Center, she has been the forefront of systemic change in San Francisco.

Two-term President of the Junior League of San Francisco, she also served on numerous Boards including San Francisco University High School, Friends of Laguna Honda, the International Museum of Women, Women’s Legal Defense & Education Fund, and her alma mater, Smith College. She serves on the Advisory Councils of San Francisco Village and Opera Parallel.
She is passionate about solving civic issues and improving our community.


Seventeen-year-old global music sensation and Guinness certified “World’s Youngest solo musician to headline his own concert tour,” Ethan Bortnick and his band performed a powerful and entertaining concert. Ethan’s award winning PBS Concert specials have been seen by millions in the U.S. and abroad. Ethan’s concert features him playing and singing the perfect mix of his original songs, current radio hits, tunes by the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Chopin, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, Broadway hits, pieces from The Great American Songbook, and much more. Ethan has been featured on countless national television shows, including multiple appearances on The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, and Oprah, where he was named one of Oprah’s All-Time Smartest, Most Talented Kids.

Past Honorees

Thank you to our generous sponsors for their contribution to a special evening:

Presenting ($100,000)







Visionary  ($50,000)











Change Maker  ($25,000)
Bobbie & Mike Wilsey Fund

Dreamer ($10,000)















The Capital Group
Donald & Janice Elliott
Mrs. Frank Heffernan
Cecilia & Jim Herbert
Jacqueline & Steven Kane
Sharon Lewis
Maura Markus
Joan & Bob McGrath
Suzanne & Stephen Molinelli
Barby & Paul Regan
Bill & Connie Ring
Mike & Courtney Selfridge
Maureen Sullivan
Ann & George Sundby
Diane B. Wilsey

Catalyst ($6,000)



















Nicholas Andrade & James McDermott
Paula Hagan Bennett
Joseph J. & Aleli Boerio
The Messmer Family Foundation
Mutual of America
Rev. Paul Perry
George Tichy
Frederick & Kristine Silva
Rev. Dr. Kenneth Weare
Wells Fargo Foundation

Partner ($3,000)
Martha M. Brigham
Elizabeth Colton
Dominican Sisters of San Rafael
EACH Foundation
First Republic Bank
Jerilyn Gelt
Jack Knight
Jerry & Betsy Marr
Jilma Meneses & Nathan Reynolds
Ann Gray Miller
Hood & Strong
Heidi & Jay Leupp
Joyce & James Molinelli
William & Ann Regan

Friend ($1,500)
Nathan & Lois Agresti
Wayne & Mary Alba
Helen Allen-Loevenbruck
E. Gretchen de Baubigny
Pat & Jay Cahill
Phoebe Cowles
Christine & Brooks Crawford
Donald & Jacqueline Jacobberger
St. Ignatius Parish
Richard & Susan Kramer
Barbara & Neal McGettigan
Carrick & Andy McLaughlin
Frank & Barbara Moller-Wentworth
Mission Dolores Academy
Mary Lou Myers
Judge & Mrs. Claude Perasso, Ret.
Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati
Rina Stefani
Rev. Msgr. John Talesfore
Bruce & Fran Walker
David & Lori Whitney

Questions? Contact  events@CatholicCharitiesSF.org or 415 972 1273