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Jennifer Holiday Sings For The Cause

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San Francisco, CA  On May 6th, 2018, at the iconic Julia Morgan Ballroom located at 465 California Street, San Francisco CA, Maitri Compassionate Care (Maitri) will host its 31st annual Bliss Signature Gala & Auction.

Hosted by Auctioneer Dale Johannes, the star-studded gala will pay tribute to Maitri's years of service towards the underprivileged living with advanced AIDS and also honoring former Executive Director Bill Musick and Kirsten Havrehed for their 20 years of service to the Maitri. Additionally, and in grand fashion, Maitri will be welcoming new Executive Director Anne Gimbel, M.A., LMFT, to the Maitri family."

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Anne Gimbel brings, to Maitri, seasoned leadership experience with aging populations, and a proven track record of development success in the non-profit sector. We feel fortunate to have been able to attract such a talented, facilitative leader to the role. In welcoming Anne, I would like to thank Bill Musick for his 5 months of interim service. Bill completed several initiatives related to Maitri's commercial space and fund development plan that are key to supporting Maitri’s mission well into the foreseeable future." -- Michael Niemeyer, Maitri Compassionate Care, Board President

Featured guest, Jennifer Holiday is an American singer and actress who began her career on Broadway in the musicals Dreamgirls and Your Arms Too Short to Box with God; she later became a successful recording artist, most known for her single, the Dreamgirls pop hit, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going". Jennifer Holiday is a highly decorated artist, winning a Tony Award in 1982 and a Grammy Award in 1983. Along with Fox's American Idol contestant, Frenchie Davis, comedian Jason Stuart, singer/songwriter Jonny Zywiciel, and special celebrity guests, Bliss 2018 will be an enchanting evening to be remembered.

To inquire about sponsorship opportunities and/or group ticket purchases, please contact to Toni Newman, Maitri's Development Director, at or 415-558-3003. For individual ticket purchases, please visit

For the May 6th gala, sponsorship packages begin at $1,000 and individual tickets are $275. This will be a sold out event and prospective attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

Maitri provides compassionate residential care to men and women in need of hospice or 24-hour care and cultivates the deepest respect and love for life among its residents and caregivers. Maitri is the only AIDS-specific residential care facility in California focusing on the underserved community of those dying of or severely debilitated by AIDS.

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