Still We Rise: GLIDE Comes Together in Celebration

November 18th was a day of hope and joyful reunion as the GLIDE community came together, in-person for the first time in two years, at GLIDE’s major fundraising event, the Holiday Jam.

The 2021 GLIDE Annual Holiday Jam: Still We Rise returned as a modified in-person event that brought the community together for music, storytelling, and celebration to support GLIDE’s comprehensive programs and services to help more people off the streets and out of poverty, center equity and build empathy to bring about lasting change in our city.

This year’s musical guests included 10-time Grammy winner and legendary artist Bobby McFerrin, three-time Grammy awardee and Oakland’s own Fantastic Negrito, and the renowned and uplifting GLIDE Ensemble and Change Band under the direction of Vernon Bush. Renel Brooks-Moon served as the Mistress of Ceremonies, as she has done for the last thirty years of Holiday Jams. And the stage lit up with engaging remarks from GLIDE President and CEO Karen Hanrahan, Co-Founder Reverend Cecil Williams, Minister of Celebration Marvin K. White, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

The event was dedicated to GLIDE Co-Founder and Holiday Jam creator Janice Mirikitani, who passed away recently. In her opening remarks, President and CEO Karen Hanrahan honored the memory of Janice Mirikitani as a cherished teacher, poet, friend, and fearless and mighty force for justice.

Hanrahan also invited attendees and those watching via livestream to join GLIDE in an ever-deeper partnership to help bring lasting change not only to our city but to the world. “Our core values, unconditional love, and radical inclusion have transformed millions of lives through the years. We are all in this room tonight because we can’t imagine our lives without those values. We can’t imagine our lives without GLIDE. And we can’t imagine not giving our all to make the world out there, like the world in here.”

The evening was filled with voices raising up GLIDE’s values – from the celebratory songs of our musicians to onscreen moments of inspiration. A moving video profile of Women’s Center Manager Shannon Wise captured the audience with the story of her lived experience as a formerly unhoused person, her journey to GLIDE, and her commitment to helping the women she encounters in her work through the Center.

Funds raised from this year’s Holiday Jam will help move GLIDE Forward with its bold vision of helping more people out of poverty, fostering stability, confronting root causes of racism, and building empathy to change individuals and institutions. Thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors, GLIDE not only reached its fundraising goal but exceeded it by raising more than $1,200,000 in support of GLIDE’s life-changing programs and services.

Check out pictures from the event in the slideshow below, or on our Facebook page.