Thank you from the WATCH Committee

These events don’t happen without the support of people and businesses who value the Junior League’s work, making the WATCH Luncheon a memorable event.

We want to first thank the Julia Morgan Ballroom – Merchant’s Exchange Production, especially Senior Event Coordinator, Kim Thornton and Executive Chef, David Feldman. We would also like to thank Tiffany & Co. for celebrating our honorees.

A sincere thank you to our inspirational honorees Athena Troxel Blackburn and Merla Zellerbach. Thank you to Schramsberg Champagne and Anette Harris for keeping us refreshed, and to Anne Marie Massocca for the beautiful floral arrangements. Thank you Red Carpet Bay Area and Marybeth La Motte for your continued support of the WATCH Luncheon. And a very special thanks to our mistress of ceremonies, Jan Yanehiro.

We would also like to personally thank the generous Freesia, Tulip, and Violet patrons for your contributions that help support the Endowment Fund.

Thank you everyone for your support!

The Junior League of San Francisco, Inc. is pleased to announce the women who will be recognized at the 9th Annual Women at the Center Honors (WATCH) Luncheon and to ask for your support of our event to honor these two extraordinary women in our community.

2014 Honorees:

Athena Troxel Blackburn – Philanthropic & Civic Leader

Since 1982, Athena Troxel Blackburn has devoted a great deal of time chairing fundraisers and philanthropically supporting a plethora of organizations including the JLSF, UNICEF, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet, CPMC, Project Open Hand, and many more.

She has also served, or now serves on, the Board of the Commonwealth Club, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Opera and Festival del Sole.

In 1991, Athena was chosen as one of the 20 Top Volunteers for the Points of Light luncheon for her civic and philanthropic endeavors.  In 2013, she was named one of the 50 Most Influential Philanthropists in the Bay Area by Gentry Magazine.

Merla Zellerbach – Author & Philanthropic Leader

A native San Franciscan, Merla attended Grant School, Lowell High School, and Stanford University. She has been actively involved with many charitable causes, including Planned Parenthood, the San Francisco Art Institute, the American Red Cross, the Leukemia Society, and the American Friends Service Committee. She was one of the founders of Conard House, and also founded the San Francisco Sponsors, which supported a different beneficiary each year, and The Organization, a Singles-Meet-Singles group which lasted 18 years.

Merla has been a featured columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle (“My Fair City”) for 23 years, and Nob Hill Gazette editor for twelve years.  She has also written 19 books – fourteen novels and five self-help medical books.  Her byline has appeared in articles from Cosmopolitan to Town & Country.  She and co-panelist June Lockhart starred in the popular ABC-TV game show, “Oh My Word,” for four years.  She has currently taken a leadership role on the Board of Compassion & Choices, which supports Death with Dignity, and she’s thrilled to be honored by the Junior League, an organization which she has long admired and respected.

You will be inspired by their groundbreaking achievements and impressed with their lifelong commitment to voluntarism, community leadership and vision. We are excited to share their exemplary work with you at our awards luncheon, which will be held on May 8, 2014, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Julia Morgan Ballroom.

Learn more about the the history of this event and our past honorees.

Donations drawing

“I Left My Heart in San Francisco” Gift Basket – includes an autographed copy of The A-List Murders (A Hallie Marsh Mystery) by Merla Zellerbach, Neiman Marcus Rotunda gift card and many other local treats.

Please contact Tammy Braas-Hill at 415.626.1770 to purchase a donation drawing ticket for $20.00 or three for $50.00.