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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Frank Lavin, President
Michael Pelegrini, Vice-President
Robert Wall, Second Vice-President
Jerome Paolini, Treasurer
Dr. Lisa Harris, Jr. Secretary
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Ribbon Cutting

After four years in the planning and two years of fundraising, the Club has finally opened the doors of the newly renovated and expanded Salesian Boys’ & Girls’ Club. Over 500 people were on hand for the Grand Reopening Celebration that took place on Friday, Nov. 6th. The evening was highlighted by a blessing by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and a proclamation by District 3 Supervisor, Julie Christensen, proclaiming Nov. 6th as “Salesian Boys’ & Girls’ Club Day in San Francisco.” Board President, Steve Leveroni welcomed the donors who helped to make this dream a reality and pledged the Board’s commitment to the Club in the future. Salesian Provincial, Ted Montemayor was also on hand and expressed his pleasure on the success of the Club. He emphasized the importance of the Club working with underprivileged children in the model of St. John Bosco. Sts. Peter & Paul Pastor, Fr. John Itzaina, also expressed his delight at the completion of the project and talked about the significance of the Club’s program in the parish. The Club has been a mainstay in the North Beach Community since its inception in 1918 and will be celebrating its 100 year history in 2017. 

Exec. Director, Russell Gumina thanked everyone for their support and stated that he would continue to work for the Club after his retirement on Dec. 31st in his new role as Development Director. Russ hopes tocontribute to the Club’s long range financial success by concentrating on foundation grants, bequests, endowment gifts, and estate planning. Russ is convinced that the future of all nonprofit organizations lies in their ability to attract major gifts from donors.

Russ took the time to acknowledge some of the major donors who made the completion of the new Club possible. He singled out the gifts made by the families of Jim and John Piccetti and Gary De Martini. Together they donated $500,000 to the campaign. As such, they chose to name the Club’s gymnasium after their long time mentor, Fr. Larry Byrne. Russ also acknowledged the grants made by the William G. Irwin Charity Foundation and the Carl Gellert and the Celia Berta Gellert Foundations. They gave $350,000 and $250,000 respectively. These grants helped the Club attract $100,000 grants from the Herbst and Wells Fargo Foundations and sizeable awards from the Hearst Foundations, the Frank Marini Trust, the Angelo & Yvonne Sangiacomo Family Foundation, and the Stanley S. Langendorf, the Olympic Club, and Thoresen Foundations. Russ expressed his gratitude to these major donors, but reiterated that he was equally grateful to everyone who made a donation, no matter the amount. 

The evening concluded with the introduction of Randal DeMartini as the Club’s new Executive Director. Randy will become only the fourth Executive Director in the Club’s storied history. He pledged his commitment to the Club and promised to do everything in his power to ensure the Club’s success in the future. Randy remarked that the future of the Club is certainly bright.

Fund Raising Events

December 2016

Mothers' Club Christmas Luncheon - December 3

January 2017
Cioppino Dinners - January 7, 14

February 2017
Cioppino Dinner - February 4

March 2017
Dinner Dance at the Fairmont - March 4
Musical - March 17 & 18

May 2017
Old Timer's - May 1
Women's Reunion - May 1
Golf Tournament - May 18-20

June 2017
Bocce Tournament - June 24