Fall 2013 "Key Notes"
Help Bread & Roses celebrate its 40th Anniversary next year! We are planning a very special event on Sat. March 1 at the Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall and Showcase Theatre so mark your calendars now. We've had a very busy fall with lots of outreach events and are on track to produce another 600 shows this year. We also recently received a special award from Bank of the West. Read on for more info!  We have now "gone green" so this Fall Key Notes takes the place of our print newsletter.

Bread & Roses Receives $10,000

Award from Bank of the West


Bread & Roses was one of nine nonprofits to be recognized at the Bank of the West's Fourth Annual Philanthropy Awards.  As a finalist for a Community Impact award, we received $10,000 on October 22 in San Francisco. We are especially proud to have received this grant as we understand we were one of 300 nonprofit organizations across the Bank's 17-state service area to be considered. Click here to read the full story on our blog, and check out the amazing Bread & Roses video with Mark Hummell that Bank of the West created as a part of this award! 
Bank of the West Bread & Roses Video with Mark Hummel
Bank of the West Bread & Roses Video with Mark Hummel

10th Annual Sudha's Treasures-  

Last Chance!


Don't miss the final weekend of The Tenth Annual Benefit Sale "Sudha's Treasures" Saturday - Sunday November 16 - 17 from 10 am to 6 pm at Strawberry Village Shopping Center (next to La Boulange) in Mill Valley.  The sale features unique hand-crafted items at wholesale prices from the collection of acclaimed designer Sudha Pennathur who is generously donating her works to benefit three nonprofits: Bread & Roses, Angel Island Conservancy and Gateway Public Schools. For more info, visit Sudha's website or read the update in the Current Events section on our website. 


Go To The Chapel to Hear  

Cutting Edge Music on Dec 1st! 


Mark your calendar for the Upcoming Benefit for Bread & Roses Featuring pianist/sound-sculptor/songwriter Marco Benevento and acoustic pop ensemble The Novelists on Sun. Dec. 1, 2013 at The Chapel in San Francisco.  Door: 7 pm / Show: 8 pm Tickets  $20.00 - $100.00 All ages welcome.  Proceeds will help bring the joy of live music to isolated audiences served by Bread & Roses around the Bay Area -- from special needs schools to hospitals to convalescent centers.   Click here for more info.

Save The Date! Saturday March 1 for Spectacular 40th Anniversary Event

Bread & Roses will celebrate its 40th anniversary (1974-2014) with a very special fundraising event: a dinner and live auction at the Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall & concert at Showcase Theatre.  Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for more info!  Help us Go On With the Show and ensure that our high-touch mission lives long into our high-tech future where one in three people are likely to be institutionalized at some point in their lives and in need of the healing power of live music.

The 40th anniversary is known as the Ruby Anniversary because rubies are thought to possess an eternal inner flame, a symbol that the passion in our mission is still alive and strong after 40 years. This passion is evident in the extraordinary combination of people who help create and sustain Bread & Roses. In 1974, our founder Mimi Fariña gathered a small group of performer friends to bring music to people in a few facilities.  Bread & Roses now serves over 30,000 audience members annually. Support from you and the communities we serve is critical to our continued success. We thank you for your generosity and positive spirit.

 Susan Gordon Joins Bread & Roses Staff As Development Director


Susan Gordon has joined our staff as Development Director.  A resident of Mill Valley, she comes to Bread & Roses with recent arts/nonprofit experience as Development Manager at the Marin Theatre Company.  Of her new job Susan says, "The energy and enthusiasm of Bread & Roses is contagious. I am honored and thrilled to be part of such an amazing, talented and dedicated team, and look forward to making all things possible for Bread & Roses.  As Plato said, 'Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything."'


Farewell to Elizabeth Share who served as Bread & Roses Development Director for over a decade and has gone on as foundation grants director at the Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley. We also extend our gratitude to Mary Doan who acted as the Interim Development Director. We miss you both! 

A Cornucopia of Fall Events  

Help the Cause 


Thanks to the many individuals and organizations who have supported Bread & Roses at fundraising events over the past few months including a benefit concert for Bread & Roses and the Ritter Center with Roy Rogers and Carlos Reyes at the Fenix in San Rafael on 9/8; a special fall benefit cabaret concert featuring Rita Moreno and Stephan Stubbins at Danny Scher's Coventry Grove on 10/12 and a benefit for Bread & Roses and Everybody Is A Star at the Hard Rock Café in San Francisco on 10/27 with Mark Hummel, Sid Morris, Ron Thompson, Nick Gravenities and friends. 


A special thanks to volunteer Elizabeth Irby for designating Bread & Roses as one of three nonprofit beneficiaries to receive a portion of proceeds from beverage sales at the ULUV Festival in SF on 10/26; Teja Gerkin and Terry Miller for naming Bread & Roses as beneficiary of a portion of concert proceeds from the tribute to the late guitarist Dale Miller at the Freight & Salvage on 10/30.


Hats off to Beth Marlin for planning a special birthday concert to benefit Bread & Roses at the Barrel House in SF on Thurs. Nov. 14. (TONIGHT!) Tickets are available online or at the door. Click here for more info.

Join our 2013 Bread & Roses
Holiday Chorus!



There's still time to join our 2013 Bread & Roses Holiday Chorus!   This is our third year of presenting a community based holiday chorus for a number of the institutional audiences that we regularly serve.   It's a wonderful opportunity to share some holiday cheer and experience first-hand the magic of Bread & Roses.  Click here to email Lisa Starbird for more info. We particularly need more singers overall and male voices in particular to join us at Laguna Honda in SF on 12/21 at 2 pm & at New Bridge in Berkeley on 12/15 at 7 pm.



Visit our website for current event updates and recent articles on our blog:


Bank of the West Award Benefits Bread & Roses  


Bread & Roses Brings Music to REST Shelter


Fall Benefit Cabaret with Rita Moreno and Stephan Stubbins


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