The GLIDE Legacy Committee inspires the next generation of Bay Area change-makers to engage in the life-saving work of GLIDE. GLIDE is a nationally recognized center for social justice dedicated to fighting systemic injustices, creating pathways out of poverty and crisis, and transforming lives.
While members of the Legacy Committee have diverse cultural, racial and ethnic, sexual orientation, spiritual, socioeconomic and professional backgrounds, every member of the Legacy Committee brings a shared commitment and passion for social justice and change. Interested in joining the Legacy Committee? Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
The GLIDE Legacy Gala is the centerpiece of the Legacy Committee's calendar. Each year this black-tie fundraiser celebrates GLIDE’s rich history and looks forward with optimism and commitment to a more just future. Two changemakers who embody the values of GLIDE Co-Founders Rev. Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani are selected to receive Legacy Awards, before attendees dance the night away to live music and world-class DJ's. 100% off the evening’s proceeds benefit GLIDE .
GLIDE’s Legacy Committee regularly volunteers with GLIDE programs and at community gatherings like Sunday Streets. Volunteer activities include letter writing, creating Harm Reduction kits, participating in the Holiday Toy Drive and Grocery Bag Giveaway, as well as serving meals at Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Each quarter the Legacy Committee gather for 'Sunday Fundays'. The group volunteers with the GLIDE Meals Program, attends Sunday Celebration at the GLIDE Memorial Church (optional) and has brunch together. GLIDE staff and members of the wider GLIDE family often join in the fun!
The Legacy Committee helps raise funds to support GLIDE's programs and services throughout the year. They do this through their own fundraising campaigns, sponsored activities, or their partnerships with local companies like San Francisco bar California Jack’s. Follow the Legacy Committee on Instagram or Facebook to hear about upcoming opportunities to get involved!
For six years the Legacy Committee has hosted an annual Social Justice Film Festival, a thought-provoking evening of documentary shorts that focus on the resilience and grace of the human spirit and explore issues that align with GLIDE’s work. In 2022 the Legacy Committee also partnered with GLIDE's Center for Social Justice to present their first Justice Movie Night at Piano Fight. This inspiring in-person screening of the critically acclaimed 2016 documentary “13th” was followed by a panel discussion with Prison Rights Activists on ways to fight the prison industrial complex.
On August 19, 2022 the GLIDE family gathered together to celebrate the Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala in-person for the first time in three years – and what a night it was! The event honored the incredible work of 2022 Legacy Awardees Aimee Allison and Dr. Connie Wun. We heard inspiring speeches from both of them along with Host Priya David Clemens and our beloved Rev. Cecil Williams. Attendees were also treated to the world-renowned GLIDE Ensemble, led by Musical Director Vernon Bush, the rhythms of DJ KingMost, and a rousing performance by poet Ramona Webb.
On August 11, 2022, Priya David Clemens moderated a powerful virtual conversation with our 2022 Legacy Awardees Aimee Allison and Dr. Connie Wun and GLIDE President and CEO Karen Hanrahan. The participants grappled with recent decisions on Roe v. Wade and other timely topics surrounding equity and fundamental freedoms. Re-watch this incredible conversation here.
On Saturday, August 15, 2020 the GLIDE community gathered together virtually for the first time to celebrate the 11th Annual GLIDE Legacy Gala! Over 500 attendees watched 2020 Legacy Award Honorees, Michael Franti and Amanda Gorman in conversation with GLIDE President and CEO Karen Hanrahan and Minister of Celebration Marvin K. White. Everyone then danced the night away to the intoxicating rhythms of DJ KingMost. Re-live the night here!
In 2019 the GLIDE Legacy Committee celebrated their 10 year anniversary! Watch this commemorative video to learn more about their decade of activism and the legacy of unconditional love they are helping build in San Francisco and beyond!