A star-studded audience of more than 700 celebrated business, civic and philanthropic leadership on Thursday at the Bay Area Council’s 73rd Annual Dinner and Business Hall of Fame event presented by Kaiser Permanente and Alaska Airlines. Council Chair and Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson and Council CEO Jim Wunderman opened the evening with remarks reflecting on the tragedy of devastating fires sweeping across the state and highlighting the incredible response from many companies working to contribute money and resources to aid those affected. The gathering included CEOs and executives from many of the region’s leading companies, along with top elected leaders including state Controller Betty Yee, state Treasurer-elect Fiona Ma, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Assemblymember Rob Bonta and mayors from a number of cities, among many others.
The night was highlighted by the induction of the 2018 class of the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame, including Golden State Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, former Safeway CEO and San Francisco Giants President and General Manager Peter Magowan and the Magnin Family represented by Ellen Magnin Newman. Lacob and Guber transformed the Warriors in a short time from a perennial loser to a world champion while dramatically elevating the team’s community and philanthropic work. Magowan led Safeway through a turbulent time in the grocery industry before joining the Giants and building the team into what would become a world champion that also led in the areas of raising awareness about breast cancer, AIDs and community violence. The Magnin family was a women’s luxury clothing, retail pioneer behind the brands of I. Magnin and Joseph Magnin. The entire Magnin family, including notably Cyril Magnin and children Ellen, Donald and Jerry, also made immeasurable civic and philanthropic contributions over many decades that continue to benefit San Francisco and the region even today.
We’ll share videos and photos of the event in the coming days.