8th Annual In Concert with Caminar

October 27, 2018 | SFJAZZ Center

Thank you to all who joined us for this year’s gala. You made this a special night of community and celebration.
Please enjoy these photos and highlights from the evening.

 In Concert with Caminar Co-Chair and Caminar Board Member Linda Leao, Caminar Board Member and Maestro Sponsor Carole Middleton, Special Host Ronnie Lott, and In Concert with Caminar Co-Chair and Caminar Board Member Tze Pin Tai

In Concert with Caminar Co-Chair and Caminar Board Member Linda Leao, Caminar Board Member and Maestro Sponsor Carole Middleton, Special Host Ronnie Lott, and In Concert with Caminar Co-Chair and Caminar Board Member Tze Pin Tai

Special thanks to Michael Collopy and Dawdy Photography for capturing the evening in photos.

Our 8th Annual In Concert with Caminar brought together friends and community, highlighted a young man’s journey to wellness, celebrated the therapeutic power of the expressive arts, and raised critical funds to improve the health and well-being of our most vulnerable neighbors.

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Poignant Words from a Local Legend

Our evening’s special host, former San Francisco 49er, NFL Hall of Famer, and Bay Area philanthropist and legend, Ronnie Lott spoke eloquently about how mental wellness touches all of our lives. He emphasized the importance of being there for each other during difficult times. And just like in the huddle, being present and listening makes a real difference.


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Maikel Garcia Shares the
Therapeutic Power of the Arts


Saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Maikel Garcia, who shares his love of music with individuals in recovery from a mental health crisis through Caminar’s donation-supported Expressive Arts Program, kicked off the evening with his band. Maikel Garcia and M Project delighted us with their distinctive and captivating style of jazz and funk with a Latin influence.


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Brian’s Path to Wellness


Our newest video, shown for the first time at In Concert with Caminar, features a young man’s reflection on how Caminar is helping him on his inspiring journey to wellness after multiple mental health diagnoses. In Brian’s words, “Caminar gave me something to live for.”

Watch “Brian’s Story” here.


Nothing But Blue Skies for En Vogue

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En Vogue, our headline act, electrified SFJAZZ with an hour-long set of both classic and new hits. The funky divas brought energy and soul, and even shared a relevant message of resilience in their song “Blue Skies”:

“I pushed through the winds
I stood in the rain
I weathered the storm
Now nothing but blue skies around me
And I, I’m better inside
I’ve opened my eyes
See nothing but blue skies around me.”


Thank You for Funding the Path to Wellness


Proceeds from this signature event expand and strengthen behavioral health programs and supportive services for
our most vulnerable community members as they move toward resilience, wellness, and independence.

Thanks to your generosity, more than 20,000 people will benefit from our prevention, treatment, and recovery programs this year.

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