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Bethany Center News

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Welcome to Bethany Center News, the newsletter of Bethany Center Senior Housing. This issue is also the annual report for Ruths Table, a program of Bethany Center Foundation of San Francisco, dedicated to creative learning, rooted in the life of artist Ruth Asawa. We welcome you to join us within these pages, and begin the journey of what was the inaugural year for Ruths Table, a project which endeavors to serve the local community through arts programs for those 50 years and up. Surrounding the table, which was once in Ruth Asawas home and is now in the gallery space at 580 Capp Street, the residents of Bethany Center and members of the outside community alike, have come together for art programs of all kindsfrom Tai Chi to crafting, music and dance to gallery openings. There have been incredible highlights through the year. In this issue:
page 2 A Letter from Executive Director Jerry Brown c a s p f // page 3 Ruths Table: The first year at a glance pages 4 / 5 Art at the Table at Foreign Cinema honoring Dr. Elisa Stephens of The Academy of Art University // page 6 Paul Lanier and a Family Tradition in the Arts // page 7 An Interview with Ruths Table page 8 Ruths Table Participant Spotlight a profile of Sharon Cox // page 9 Inside The Gallery at Ruths Table page 10 Meet our members of the boards // pages 10 / 11 We thank our donors

A beautiful business card holder made by Ruths Table Artist in Residence, Monica Lee



A Message from the Executive Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues, Thank you for being a part of Bethany Centers mission to improve the lives of our residents and community members. This past year at Bethany Center has been a fabulous whirlwind of activities that couldnt have happened without your financial and volunteer support. While continuing our award-winning senior housing at 580 Capp Street, the biggest change this past year at Bethany Center has been our new arts and wellness program Ruths Table. Art is a way to well being for those who create itart helps elders who engage in it stay mentally, socially and emotionally fit. Named in honor of our long-time supporter, acclaimed artist Ruth Asawa, the program has created stunning gallery exhibitions, held dozens of arts workshops, and hosted concerts and performances. In January, we and our collaborators at the Academy of Art University premiered the documentary Ruth Asawa: Roots of an Artist at the de Young Museum. In just one year, Ruths Table held over 240 exhibitions, art workshops, dance and music sessions, performances, lectures and film screenings. Almost 4,000 individuals participated in those events and activities! When we first envisioned Ruths Table, we thought it would become a center where community members over 50 could exchange their talent and enthusiasm with their older peers. It was going to be an inter-generational program on the higher end of the age spectrum. Instead, we find it appeals to all generations. I would especially like to recognize Lola Fraknoi, Director of Community Programs, whose ideas and vision come to fruition in Ruths Table, and whose tireless efforts have made the project a success. Our artist-in-residence, Monica Lee has been wonderfully creative in her workshops for our residents, community members and their children and grandchildren. And we welcomed Megan Coss as our Program Assistant. In June we got the chance to honor Dr. Elisa Stephens, president of the Academy of Art University, at Foreign Cinema Restaurant. Dr. Stephens and her staffespecially Bob Toy, the film directormade the documentary about Ruth Asawa possible. That evening we heard from one of Bethany Centers residents, Queen Amie Krubally, who struggles with depression. She says Ruths Tables art programs allow her to find peace and connection to so many beautiful people. Bethany Center is fortunate to have two fantastic boards: one for Bethany Center Senior Housingour housing for low income seniors and disabled adults; and Bethany Center Foundation of San Francisco, which raises funds for Ruths Table. On page 10 of this newsletter, youll get to meet them, including our two newest board members Alicia Yballa and Carlos Ausejo. Under our boards leadership we were able to launch Ruths Table, and begin a 10-year renovation plan for the building so that we can continue to meet our residents needs while offering programs to the broader community. The year also had its challenges. Our residents have faced cuts to their Social Security income and programssuch as In-Home Support Services and adult day health centers that help keep them independent. Ive been very proud to see them advocate for themselves in various forums, including meeting with Nancy Pelosis office. And local foundations have been hard hit by the recession, with many pulling back funding to causes they have long-standing partnerships with, not new and innovative programs such as Ruths Table. Despite these hardships, you, our board and other donors have been very generous, helping us produce outstanding programming and reaching out to new clients. We couldnt do it without you! Thank you again for being part of the Bethany Center community. Thank you for helping us have a fantastic year! With appreciation,

Bethany Center Senior Housing Executive Director, Jerry W. Brown



[Ruths Table] was going to be an inter-generational program on the higher end of the age spectrum. Instead, we find it appeals to all generations.
jerry w. brown, caspf

Jerry Brown, caspf Executive Director



A Year at a Glance

Ruths Table: July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011

For over 40 years, Bethany Center has been proud to welcome people of all backgrounds as they age productively and with dignity in our housing community at Capp and 21st Street in San Franciscos Mission District.

The Bethany Center Foundation of San Francisco, founded in 2005, raises funds for programs at Bethany Center Senior Housing and Ruths Table.

Ruths Table is a center for creative learning designed for and by people over 50 living independent lives in San Francisco. The Center takes its inspiration and is rooted in the life of artist Ruth Asawa

programming and attendance at ruth s table

1,962 total attendance at art classes, workshops and celebrations

1,111 residents

851 community members

1,948 total attendance at exhibitions and film screenings 155 residents 242 total programs 167 art classes, workshops and celebrations 67 exercise classes 8 exhibitions and film screenings 1,793 community members

$255,588 total revenue
fundraising bethany center senior housing program revenue

$102,397 total $68,060 Asawa film $20,000 grants $14,297 events

$141,243 total $91,218 resident programming $49,961 staff, in-kind

$11,988 total $8,550 partners, in-kind $3,438 fees

$235,824 total expenses
program expenses s ta r t - u p f u n d r a i s i n g other expenses

$120,244 total $53,596 program staff $31,051 program expenses $21,719 community outreach $13,878 arts & exhibitions

$106,548 total $68,218 start-up fundraising $38,330 administration

$9,030 total $9,030 partners, in-kind



Dr. Elisa Stephens is honored Art at the Table at the Missions Foreign Cinema
by nicole bianchi

The Modernism West Gallery at Foreign Cinema in San Franciscos Mission District was the backdrop for Art at the Table, an event to honor Dr. Elisa Stephens, president of the Academy of Art University. On Sunday, June 26, 2011, attendees mingled while enjoying cocktails and then sat for dinner in the private West Gallery.
The Gallerys stunning, large modern paintings set the stage for the summer evening. The table centerpieces, original artwork by participants of Ruths Table, spotlighted a sampling of the work generated by the programs there and were raffled off to guests. The event was a chance to thank Stephens for her generosity, especially the donation of the film Ruth Asawa: Roots of an Artist by Bob Toy of the Academy of Art University. Dr. Elisa Stephenss vision, leadership and community involvement are evident in many ways within the San Francisco community, said Jerry Brown caspf, executive director of Bethany Center Senior Housing and Ruths Table. Under her leadership, the school has grown to become the largest private art and design institution in the United States, offering extensive and comprehensive curriculum in 18 areas of study. In recent years, the school has focused on ways to give back. It has incorporated recycling at its various campus locations and has equipped its vehicles for bio-diesel fuel. The Academy of Art University has also increased its scholarships, including significantly growing its high school scholarship programs that offer tuition-free classes to high school students, who can earn college credit through these courses. Ruths Table has been a beneficiary of this giving-back as well. Her generosity to Bethany Center, specifically Ruths Table, is greatly appreciated, said Brown. The Academy of Art University and Dr. Stephens give back to all of us who live in San Francisco through in-kind donations like the documentary Ruth Asawa: Roots of an Artist. The film educates all generations on the importance of art education in our everyday lives, which helps us live more fully. Ruths Tables lifelong learning programs benefit from the promotion of this special gift to us. During the evening guests heard testimonies from Queen Krubally, a Bethany Center Senior Housing resident and Ruths Table participant; Bevan Dufty, a San Francisco mayoral candidate; and Brown. Attendees also viewed an extended clip of Toys film, which had debuted at San Franciscos de Young Museum six months earlier. Additionally, patrons who dined in Foreign Cinemas main restaurant that evening enjoyed the full version of Ruth Asawa: Roots of an Artist in the famed covered outdoor courtyard, where foreign and independent films are regularly screened. Lola Fraknoi, director of community programs for Ruths Table, presented Stephens with a hand-drawn, framed certificate to commemorate the event and as a tangible reminder of the gratitude felt by everyone involved with Ruths Table. Stephens offered a heart-felt thank you and spoke passionately about the importance of the arts and arts education. Everything you and I see or use has been touched by the hands of an artist, she said. In attendance were Bethany Center board president Danielle Gensch and board members Mary Franz, Alicia Yballa and Samuel Mathau; two of Ruth Asawas children, Aiko Cuneo and Paul Lanier; vice president of the Academy of Art University, Susan Toland; and Bob Toy, director of Ruth Asawa: Roots of an Artist. Appearances made by San Francisco Supervisor David Campos (district 9) and mayoral candidate Dufty were especially appreciated since they both came directly from a full day of San Francisco Pride celebrations.

photos clockwise from top left:

left to right top row: Susan Toland, Danielle Gensch, Supervisor David Campos, Mary Franz, honoree Dr. Elisa Stephens, Paul Lanier, Joanne Handy, Jerry Brown. left to right bottom row: Bob Toy, Aiko Cuneo, Lola Fraknoi left to right: Danielle Gensch, Paul Lanier, Aiko Cuneo, Dr. Elisa Stephens, Bevan Dufty, Supervisor David Campos, Susan Toland, Lola Fraknoi, Jerry Brown, Bob Toy Guests enjoying dinner and toasts Susan Toland and Bob Toy Queen Krubally sharing her story One of many centerpieces designed and made by a Ruths Table participant, raffled that evening Samuel Mathau and Alicia Yballa Jerry Brown and Nina Pellegrini the film Ruth Asawa: Roots of an Artist being shown in the Foreign Cinema courtyard Jerry Brown and Merry Renk



left: artwork by Paul Lanier; right: Paul Lanier


Paul Lanier and a Family Tradition in the Arts

by nicole bianchi

What struck me most about Paul Lanier is how very serious he is about his work. Often times, he said, I tell people what I do and they say, Oh, that sounds fun. I say, Its a job like any other job. It takes work. He attributes his work ethic to his mother, artist Ruth Asawa, and his father, architect Albert Lanier, and an upbringing with five siblings who, he said, all learned the value of hard work from their parents.
Pauls father, Albert Lanier, was a noted architect who designed many San Francisco homes and was, along with his wife, very active in establishing San Franciscos School of the Arts (SOTA), now formally named The Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. Incidentally, Paul and his father built the table that serves as the main focus of Ruths Table today. Executive Director of Ruths Table and Bethany Center Senior Housing Jerry Brown caspf said, The programs at Ruths Table continue to build upon the legacy of Pauls family, and the nurturing of creativeness from his mother Ruth. As I sit in Paul Laniers San Francisco home, which he shares with his wife, Sandra Halladey, and their two teenaged children, I cannot help but ask about the origins of a beautiful green and gray tile coffee table in the center of the room. It was born out of a project at Alvarado Elementary School when Lanier was the artist in residence there, a position he held for nine years. Ruth knew that a school was not a school if there was no art, which was a radical idea in the 60s, he said. He has carried this conviction on through his teaching and now into his own work as an artist. Asawa once said, Through the arts, you can learn many, many skills that you cannot learn through books and problem solving in the abstract. She continued, A child can learn something about color, about design, and about observing objects in nature. If you do that, you grow into a greater awareness of things around you. Art will make people better, more highly skilled in thinking and improving whatever business one goes into. It makes a person broader. Indeed, Lanier is a problem solver and seeks out projects where the solution is not obvious. He began his career in ceramics, a medium he discovered at the age of ten, and he now focuses on media like plaster, bronze, steel and concrete.

Much of his work requires a lot of space so he rents a studio in the Hunters Point Naval Ship Yard of San Francisco, which, incidentally, has the largest artist colony in the nation. Although his studio in an old barracks building has sparse accommodations, like no running water except for a sink Lanier constructed and a water tank he installed, when I ask how often he is there, I am not surprised by the answer: Just about every day. I see an example of his work featured in a large interior design book, profiling a home in San Franciscos Presidio Heights neighborhood. It is a remarkable fireplace mantle of large, white, rugged tree branches and made out of plaster and steel. To imagine its construction, I can only think it was a rigorous process. Very hard work. Laniers own home is a visual celebration. Color, pattern, texture and music fill the living room, and I am surrounded by books, vinyl records, a rainbow of origami sculptures and, of course, pottery. There is a lightness and space, perhaps space to welcome friends, family and, not least of all, creativity. And I must admit, it is easy to be swept away in wondering how fun it would be to live among all that beauty and expression. As we concluded our chat, Lanier said one more thing about the work life of an artist. Its a hard time for artists. You have to market yourself and your work. It can be as simple, he said, as opening up a design periodical and looking for a photograph of a space that might make a good home for ones work, and then emailing a picture of a piece to the contact listed in the credits. I call it targeted marketing; Lanier calls it stalking (with humor, of course). He is showing me some examples to illustrate the point as he flips through the November 2011 issue of Architectural Digest, and I am beginning to get it. Then he turns to the feature article, which profiles the stunning home of celebrity couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, who have an obvious appreciation for fine art. In the corner of their awesome living room is an unmistakable hanging tied-wire sculpture, a Ruth Asawa original. There you go, says Lanier, affirming that the possibilities for artists are there. To find them, it just takes work.




An Interview with Ruths Table

by director of communit y programs, lol a fraknoi
Lola Fraknoi: It seems like only yesterday when we moved you from Ruth Asawas home to your new home at Bethany Center, but really its been a year! Can you give us an idea of some of the things youve seen in that time? Ruths Table: So much has happened since that opening dinner you served to my previous owners (Ruths family). It seems like I am always surrounded by new people as community events and programs for residents swirl around me. Ive seen cultural festivals, art openings and exhibits, music of many kinds, dancing, poetry readings, and so much more. (Of course, when the room is as full as it was during the Russian art opening, with over 200 people attending, Im kind of glad I have four legs to stand on.) I especially like that there are many generations sharing the room with me at different times.

RT: Yes (as we tables like to say) they enjoy pulling up a chair! Different residents come down for different reasons. One group is loyal to Monicas art classes, a bigger group attends the Always Active exercise program faithfully, and some residents are starting to come down for Tai Chi. The eclectic celebrations that the Community Music Center brings to us have the biggest drawgreat for dancing and good eats. I have seen that organizing festivals that represent the residents cultures brought them down en masse. The entire Russian community was proud to welcome the Russian artists to their home. LF: Since youve been with us, you were one of the stars of a movie made about Ruth by the Academy of Arts University faculty. We plan to show that movie in more venues in the next year. You dont mind if we make you famous, do you? RT: Im a pretty stable table. I can take the fame. And if it helps bring more people together over me, thats exactly what I enjoy. LF: What do you see us doing next? RT: Well, being a table, I am not so good at thinking outside the box, but I know you and Jerry are. I really like it when we try new things that we havent tried before and everyone gets all excited. We should continue to collaborate with other agencies in the Mission District and San Francisco communities, to introduce more people to our programs, and to welcome more forms of creativity, more points of view. LF: I agree; that was Ruths way of working, and it feels natural to us. We will continue our collaboration with the Community Music Center and with CCAs Design for the Elderly class. Were also looking at new and innovative partnerships with SCRAP, The OHanlon Center for the Arts, Mission Cultural Center, 826 Valencia (the writing center for teenagers). This year, we will also become more visible to the larger, nationwide organization, National Center for Creative Aging, and the gallery around you will continue having cultural events February with a Chinese festival and a Latino festival in June through the summer. RT: I heard a rumor that one of the members of our original focus group is now going to lead a series of informal conversation called Table Talks. I like that name. LF: I thought you would. The idea is to have sessions about a wide range of topics to people over 50financial planning, how to eliminate clutter in your life, hobbies, etc. RT: It all sounds great!! You know you can lean on me, if you need me!

LF: Do you think that Ruth would approve of whats been going on? RT: I know she would. She liked having people around her and using art to bridge cultures and generations. As big as her dreams were, she always came back to a human scale, to conversations around the table. LF: Which of the programs going on around you have you especially enjoyed? RT: Because of my art background, I favor the art shows in the new gallery space around me and the hands-on art workshops. There have already been six quite different art shows in that gallery. They have ranged from the Inaugural Showcase of art by people connected to Ruth Asawa to the artists of Scrap (the place where art materials donated by corporations can be picked up for a song). We also had Miniature Worlds, Reflections and Lines and the very popular current show connecting Russian migrs with California. LF: Youre always in the middle of things. What are you overhearing from the participants in our program? RT: Earl, a Tai Chi student, commented on how the exhibits in the gallery now shape his weekly practice. Dance instructors Natalie and Kirsten, raved about being able to do choreography in a place that supports and inspires original work, Christine, a regular workshop participant was thrilled to have Monica as her art teacher. Bethany residents Emma and Lupe are happy to have a place to show off their own creationstote bags, jewelry, sewing projects. Overall, a cozy community of residents and community members now seems to be in place. LF: So people from the seven floors above you come down and join in?



An Interview with Sharon Cox, Ruths Table Participant

by nicole bianchi

When Sharon Cox relocated to San Francisco three years ago, she immediately asked herself, How do I create and become part of the community? She found her answer when she met Lola Fraknoi, director of community programs at Ruths Table. Fraknoi asked Cox to join a focus group that was the starting point for Ruths Table, even before the center had a name.
Their initial task was to imagine a center for people aged 50 and overWhat programs would be there? What would you be doing? Cox described her ideal: Continuing to be inspired. Continuing to meet new people and experiencing different environments. These themes of community and creativity present themselves time and again as Cox talks about her life and her involvement with Ruths Table. Even in the most mathematical and organized of things, Cox sees with what she calls a clear preference for creativity and a people-oriented focus. Cox has a rich career history, clearly delineated into two partsteaching and financial planning. As she explains her current role in finance, it sounds less like adding and subtracting and more like an art form. But first was her career, or calling, in education. The first college graduate in her immediate family, she went on to become a teachera role where she was able to inspire creativity in her students. Children are natural learners when given an environment that encourages the learning through guiding, [through] practical life and beautiful materials, she said. Cox spent 25 years in education, earning a Masters Degree during that time. When she transitioned out of teaching almost 20 years ago, she asked herself, What do I know the least about that has caused me the most pain? Then she took a leap into her second career as a financial planner, a profession that suits her well as she helps people create financial happiness through a counseling, value-based approach. The coming-together at Ruths Table also seems to fit her perfectly. She is introspective, and as we talk, she poses another thought-provoking questionWhat brings the most joy? For Cox, its being creative, of course, but it is also conversation, participation, interaction, organizing, and family. Cox has three adult children. Two of them are far from the Bay Area which gives her an excuse to visit two interesting places, Manhattan and Boulder, Colorado. One daughter lives with her husband and two children in the Bay Area, and they are the reason Cox is in San Francisco. Its 45 minutes from that door to their door, she says about a drive she does regularly to spend time with grandchildren who are a source of inspiration for her. Children are just creativity embodied, she says. Cox intends to remain very involved in Ruths Table. It is a place she has grown to love. The reason it exists, the experiences Ive shared, the people who show up. For me, it is the place where creativity, community and inspiration intersect, Cox said. These are the reasons she will keep going back. She was instrumental in bringing the Tai Chi program from City College to Ruths Table and she remains heavily involved in it. She participates in the Dance Generators (a program out of University of San Francisco where students learn inprovisation, dance, theatre and body-mind awareness through movement) and she is slated to lead the future Table Talks series. These sessions will cover a wide range of topics for people over 50, including how to eliminate clutter in your life, financial organizing and other themes that express the presenters passion and interests. My chat with Cox followed a very organized chronology, and it only seemed natural that we talk about aging at the end. Old is a concept that I just dont accept, she says. And that is obvious; her energy is undeniable and her perspective is inspiring.

above and below: Sharon Cox practicing Tai Chi at Ruths Table

Old is a concept that I just dont accept.

sharon cox



photos clockwise from left: promotional artwork by Alex Miokovic; opening guests; Bethany Center residents (left and right) Mara Mamayeva and Larisa Morgulis with Lola Fraknoi, Ruths Table director of community programs (center); guest Leon Gulchin and artist Elena Lokshina


Russian Art by the Bay

The Gallery at Ruths Table opens its sixth exhibition
by nicole bianchi

The Gallery at Ruths Table was packed with attendees as its sixth exhibition opened on September 30, 2011. Over 200 guests experienced the opening of the exhibition, Russian Art by the Bay, complete with Russian food donated by Samovar Delicatessen and caterer Anda Piroshki; a screening of the film Affectu Quem Secreto by Inna Razumova; and, of course, the art. Excitement was felt by everyone, especially members of the local Russian-American community and Russian residents of Bethany Center Senior Housing.
[The Gallery at Ruths Table] has provided a unique opportunity to introduce and share a new slice of Russian visual culture with a wider Bay Area audience, said Inna Razumova, the exhibitions curator. Russian Art by the Bay showcases works by eight contemporary Russian artists who reside in California and the late Henry Elinson (1935-2010). Showing diversity of ideas and artmaking techniques, the works explore what Razumova describes as a mutual fascination between two cultures, that of Russia and California, especially San Francisco. This relationship dates back to the early 19th century when Russian explorers settled in California. Though each of the participating artists has exhibited in solo and group shows around the world, this is the first group exhibition of Russian artists in the Bay Area since 1936. They are of diverse ethnic and geographic backgrounds and many are from different immigration waves, Razumova said. The featured works include paintings, etchings, drawings, digital media and photography. I hope the viewers of Russian Art by the Bay find the show to be intriguing, riveting and educational, said Razumova. I also hope they will leave puzzled or challenged, enlightened, agitated or even repulsed. Any reaction is welcome except indifference. Lola Fraknoi, Ruths Table director of community programs, said she will always remember the opening reception for this exhibit because we created a slice of Russia right at Bethany. The gallery was transformed for one evening into such a special place, where art and culture brought together residents and visitors of different generations. Artists whose work is featured at the exhibition are Anastasya Chernyavsky, Henry Elinson, Elena Lokshina, Tatiana Lyskova, Alex Miokovic, Misha Pavlov, Inna Razumova, Irina Varshavsky and Vladmir Zimakov. Russian Art by the Bay will run until December 16, 2011. The Gallery at Ruths Table is open Monday through Friday from noon until 5 pm and Saturday and Sunday by appointment. The gallery is located at 580 Capp Street in San Francisco. Please call 415. 821. 4515 for more information. Admission is free.
a sampling of works on display at Mission: Russian Art by the Bay. Name of Artist, clockwise from top left: Misha Pavlov, Elena Lokshina, Inna Razumova, Anastasia Chernyavsky and Henri Elinson



We thank our donors

During the past year, members of the community have shown a tremendous outpouring of support for Ruths Table. The Bethany Center Foundation of San Francisco thanks the following for their generosity: in-kind donations
left to right: Priscilla Haynes, Danielle Gensch, Samuel Mathau, Mary Franz, Alicia Yballa, Jerry Brown and Laurie Hanover

Members of the Boards

Bethany Center Foundation of San Francisco

Jeffrey T. Ellis, PhD, President Dr. Ellis has been involved with Bethany Center and Bethany United Methodist Church for the past decade. He served as President of Bethany Center Senior Housing from 2004 to 2009, and has been President of Bethany Center Foundation of San Francisco since 2009. Since moving to the Bay Area, he has worked a research scientist, including his current position with Abbott Vascular, developing devices that treat cardiovascular and heart disease. A native of Tennessee, his grand parents taught him the importance of generosity. They really showed me in word and deed just how the sacrifices of one generation can make life better for those who come afterward, he says. Working with Bethany Center is a chance for me to give back some of their spirit. Im proud to help keep Bethany Center vibrant and vital, always enhancing the quality of life of our residents and the broader community. Mary Franz, Vice President Ms. Franz serves as vice president and has been on the board at various times over the past fourteen years. She also serves as vice president of the Bethany Center Senior Housing board. Mary brings her expertise in human resourceshaving been an HR consultant for over 32 years for large companies such as Levi Strauss, Bank of America, The Federal Reserve Bank of San Franciscoto Bethany Center. She says, Bethany Center Senior Housing is a great example of an organization that successfully encourages and supports creativity and an active lifestyle for seniors within its walls and the greater Bay Area community. I am honored to be able to assist in this important effort. Samuel Mathau, AIA, APA, Treasurer Mr. Mathau has served on the Bethany Center Foundation since its inception 5 years ago and prior to that, Mr. Mathau was on the Bethany Center Senior Housing Board. For over 25 years, he has worked as an architect and city planner as the Principal of Mathau/Roche Design Group in San Francisco and Vancouver, BC. Mr. Mathau has worked with some of the largest architectural firms in the country including Skidmore Owings and Merrill. In addition, he has been on faculty at the Academy of Art University since 1998 and has taught at UC Berkeley Extension since 2007. Mr. Mathau is involved with Bethany because he feels that we all have a role to play in society, and volunteering is part of that role that each one of us has to fulfill. Dr. Alicia Yballa, Director Dr. Yballa is Bethany Center Foundations newest board member, joining in July 2011. Her experience with the Senior Community comes from more than 20 years in the private practice of dentistry in San Rafael before returning to school to study Landscape Architecture, her encore career path. As an Accredited LEED Professional, she understands how residential development in general, and affordable housing in particular, contributes to larger community sustainability goals and how affordable housing projects can use local resources to provide sustainable housing. She says, I believe it makes perfect sense that Ruth Asawa brings art to the Table because art connects all facets of life between generations, cultures and communities in interactions with our built environment, our homes.

30th Street Senior Center 826 Valencia Academy of Art University California College of the Arts Community Music Center de Young Museum San Francisco State University

$20,000 or more

$10,000 or more
Bethany Center Foundation Board of Directors
Bethany Center Senior Housing Board of Directors

Jeffrey T. Ellis

$5,000 or more
Bothin Foundation California Arts Council Fisher Family Danielle & Devin Gensch Laurie Hanover and Suzanne Israel San Francisco Greater Mission Rotary Club

$2,500 or more
Rena Bransten for Rena Bransten Gallery Jerry Brown Sue and John Diekman Mary Franz and Kyle McEwen Peter Taber and Ed Fike

$1,500 or more
Bethany Center Residents Association Geraldine Earp Fraknoi Family Hanson Bridgett LeadingAge Le, Ho & Company, LLP Samuel Mathau, Mathau/Roche Design Group MK Builders Nossaman, LLP On Lok Lifeways Small Office Networks

Bethany Center Senior Housing, Inc.

Danielle Sveska Gensch, President Ms. Gensch has served as president of the board of directors of Bethany Center Senior Housing, Inc. since March, 2009, and on the board since November, 2007. Danielle is a partner in the real estate practice group at the San Francisco office of Nossaman LLP, a California-based law firm. She represents public agencies and pension funds in a variety of real estate transactions, and has represented developers in a variety of public/private real estate financing programs, including low-income housing tax credits. Danielle received a B.S. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. She is involved with Bethany because, I feel very passionately about providing affordable housing, especially in a city like San Francisco, which has such a high cost of living. The issue is even more significant for older adults, who tend to live on fixed incomes. As a professional working in the real estate industry, Im glad to offer my practical experience as a resource on affordable housing issues and to work with fellow board members to advance the Centers mission. Laurie Hanover, Treasurer Ms. Hanover has served as Treasurer for the past three years. Laurie has a broad background in business management focusing on internal auditing, controls, regulatory compliance and risk management, skills that help Bethany Center navigate the complex requirements placed on it by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Laurie has worked as Head of Audit, Compliance and Control at Openwave Systems, and in the past with Levi Strauss, Electronic Arts, and Cisco Systems. She graduated cum laude from Cornell University. Ms. Hanover is involved with Bethany because, as she says, I serve on the Bethany Center Board in memory of my wonderful grandmother Margaret Loretto Leonard Kellner. I feel very strongly about providing quality housing and services to our seniors. Even though my grandparents are no longer with us, I believe my service at Bethany Center can ensure that other seniors have a safe and enjoyable place to live. Priscilla Haynes, Secretary Ms. Haynes has served as secretary since 2010 and on the board since 2009. Ms. Haynes is an Operations Manager for Christian Church Homes of Northern California (CCH) where she has worked for over twenty years. Priscilla is responsible for the operation of eight facilities that provide housing for seniors. Aging services are her passion, and she serves as a resource for not just Bethany Center and CCH but for over a dozen other aging related causes. Priscilla studied Nursing and Business Administration at Samuel Merritt College. I am passionate in my work as providing affordable housing for seniors with services, she says. Bethanys model of housing and services for seniors, is what future housing providers will be implementing for the next generations to come. Carlos A. Ausejo, Director Mr. Ausejo is Bethany Centers newest board member, joining in September, 2011. Mr. Ausejo is an Enrolled Agent, licensed by the Internal Revenue Service to represent clients while they are undergoing an IRS audit. He is a San Francisco State Alumni. He worked for the State of California for 11 years but has been in independent practice since 1980. His firm provides expertise ranging from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning. He notes that The housing issues that confront the elderly in San Francisco are real and difficult, I hope to be able to use my business experience in assisting as a new member of the Board in achieving the notable and innovative programs that the Center implements.

$1,000 or more
June and Julian Foss Foundation Bethany United Methodist Church Heffernan Insurance Brokers Katie Murphy Dr. Elisa Stephens

$500 or more
Freddie Angeles Argo Insurance Group Susan Berger and John Gertz Robin Bowman Fred Ellis Joanne Handy Janet Holland Kenneth Jones Diana Kissil & John Cullison Mae & Edwin Lee Frank Malifrando Brook Turner Robert F. Young

$250 or more
Melanie Adams, MD Irene P. Andersen William Bondy Gabrielle M. Curry Yves Farron Chizuru Fujita Anne Germanalos




HKIT Architects Paul Lanier and Sandra Halladey Arthur Lempert Sonja Marck Nancy A. Milanese Mission Plaza Apartments Lora Nanbu Prestige Protection Louise Alder Sampson Victoria Seid Earl Speas & Sarah Young Kereen Stoll/Urban Pacific Properties, Inc. Julie Stuhr & Corando Dominguez Syn-Mar Cultured Marble, Inc. Tecogen Susan Toland Alicia Yballa

$100 or more
Alex Alshvang Teresa Bao Beronio Lumber Paul Bessieres Carl L. Blumenstein Pranee Brown Shu Chin Cheng Sharon Cox Ramona K. Davies Qing Zhi Deng & Wen Xui Quiong Victoria Descalzo Michael R. Deshane Ken Donnelly Barbara Duhl Robert E. Edmondson Marie C. Finnegan Mary L. Fong Sylvia T. Fong Jenny Gutierrez Hadley Dale Hall Priscilla Haynes Avedis Kabajouzian Charlton Leekin Peter Logan Lila Makrynassios Curtis Moore Pars Group Consultants Daryl & Gertrude Reagan William & Mary Reilly Agata R. Pavone Dean A. Painter, Jr. Samovar Delicatessen Allegra F. Snyder Starlite Electric Jerry Trussel & Craig Cole Debra & Michael Varner Richard H. Wilson Andrea Wong Carol Wong

up to $100
R. Scott Adams Valerie Agostino Anda Piroshki Susan Backman Grigoriy Barg Tsina Belianovskaya Theda Burke Semen & Ita Burmenko Nestor & Ana Casco Chuen Chan & Yuet Sim Leung Lai Kuen Chan Wing Fai Chan Cao Chao Mui Luc Che Katherine Chen Xiang Cheng Fung Oi Chow Paula L. Chun Janet Coe Ann Colichidas Angela L. Danison Ina Dearman Nicolas De Kouchkovsky Tony Deng Anne Diamond George Dikarenko Jane Lynn Diephuis

Freda H. Doriety Bin Feng Quiong Feng Jane Field Tomas Finnegan Gitel Fishman George & Yat Ping Fu Jose Garcia & Maria Varela de Garcia Gregory C. Garrett Ida Glass Iona & Dusya Gleyzer Raisa Goldin Mikhail Goldman Nina Grebenyuk Richard Grube Marge Harburg Gloria Hasbun Heidi Hennessy Eva Hernandez Elaine Hoang Pei Lan Hu & Xian Xie Xie Fang Hu & Shu Xiao Ding You Huang & Suey San Lee Wong She Qin Huang Douglas H. Inouye Janet N. Ishigame Valerie C. Jacobs Judith Janec Edmond Kagi Eric & Pamela Kaufmann Tisha Kenny Narine Kerelian Serafima Koretsky Samoil Kosovskiy & Yelena Kosovskaya Wei Guo Kuang Frank Lau Mark & Asya Lazarevskiy Dante Lazo Karl Leekin Wen Rui Li Jian Ai Liang Wan Qiu Liang Anton Malik & Mary Lioe Peter Linenthal Mara Mamayev Rainbow Grocery Cooperative Rene Roberto Maravilla & Guadalupe Portillo Adela Marroquin Roger McBerty & Robert Childs Leonila Mendoza Marcus A. Milner Morgen Lloyd & Associates Larisa Morgulis Chin Kiu Wong Ng Ninghing Ng & Ah Htwe Sau Kam Ngo Dora Orantes Alejandro Ortega Manuel Hernandez Ovalle & Olivia Ovalle Martha Parker Margaret Patrick Pan Mei Peng Pamela Peniston Maya Portnaya Angele Rarick Efim Reidman Connie H. Rocabo, DMD Miguel Rodas Trish Rodimer Amador & Matilde Rodriguez Bernabe Roque & Rosa Velasquez Jonathan Rome Ann Rovere Atsuko Saito Rachel Samson Sam Simkin & R. Rabkina The Shade Store Stephen Shapiro Paulina Shapoval Klara Skvirchak & Yelek Galbmilon Sima Skvirchak Zheng Song & Amy Yang Fradi Spilberg Ronald Squires Ingrid Steber

Ye Gui Sun Dong Tan & Liuduo Wu Barbara Taylor Laverne Toran Tai Yin Tsang Kam Chan Tse & Siu Mui Mary Tse Helen Uhren Quang Huynh Van Gretchen Van Horne Stanislav Vasilyev Sally Waterman Lowell Webb Lun Wong & Yee Choy Lai Mei Ying Wu Yao Huan Xie Shu Tian Xu Amy Yang Xue Hui Yang Puichun Yee & Nui Tai Chun Man Ying & Pao Har Pai Hwang Yu Yuk Lin Yu Alice Zhou Aleksandr Zinger & Faina Musychenko

ruths table grand opening auction donors

American Conservatory Theater Applebees Orlando Arce Asian Art Museum Teresa Bao Beach Blanket Babylon Berkeley Repertory Theatre Bi-Rite Market Jerry W. Brown Cache Creek Casino Resort Charanga Cline Cellars B.R. Cohn Winery and Olive Oil Company Courtyard by Marriott San Francisco Deborah Cristman The Dark Room Theater Diego Rivera Mural Project (City College) Disneyland Dore Studios Jeffrey Ellis Fang Restaurant Farallon Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Fior dItalia First Crush Restaurant, Wine Bar and Lounge Foreign Cinema Andrew Fraknoi Mary Franz Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Nadia Godova & Sam Mathau Harrahs & Harveys Lake Tahoe Gity Hebel Sulky Ho Hotel Drisco Annice Jacoby Jacuzzi Family Vineyards Jet International Travel Kenwood Vineyards Lagunitas Brewing Company Ledson Winery & Vineyards Limon Loving Cup Frank Malifrando Marin Symphony Association Marin Theatre Company Marlowe Sam Mathau Maxs on the Square Medjool Restaurant, Lounge & Sky Terrace Mels Drive-In Mercury Lounge Mission Bay Chiropractic Mission Minis Mission Pie Robert Mowat Napa Valley Wine Train Oakland Athletics Paradise Bay Restaurant

Peju Province Winery Nina B. Pelligrini Pier 39 San Francisco Quit Clutter Rainbow Grocery Ravenswood Winery Regalito Rosticeria Ripleys Believe It or Not! Museum Rosemary Cottages San Francisco Giants San Francisco Greater Mission Rotary Club San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Patricia Saraceni Schug Carneros Estate Winery Slims Small Office Networks Trader Joes Valencia Whole Foods David VasquezHearing & Low Vision Solutions The Walt Disney Family Museum Waterbar Wax Museum of San Francisco Wildfox Restaurant Liz Worthy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Tao Yin Yoshis San Francisco Mission Pie Robert Mowat Napa Valley Wine Train Oakland Athletics Paradise Bay Restaurant Peju Province Winery Nina B. Pelligrini Pier 39 San Francisco Quit Clutter Rainbow Grocery Ravenswood Winery Regalito Rosticeria Ripleys Believe It or Not! Museum Rosemary Cottages San Francisco Giants San Francisco Greater Mission Rotary Club San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Patricia Saraceni Schug Carneros Estate Winery Slims Small Office Networks Trader Joes Valencia Whole Foods David VasquezHearing & Low Vision Solutions The Walt Disney Family Museum Waterbar Wax Museum of San Francisco Wildfox Restaurant Liz Worthy Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Tao Yin Yoshis San Francisco

art at the table silent auction donors

Ruth Asawa Jack Jacobson Paul Lanier Thierry Rosset Peter Taber