San Francisco

Silver SPUR Luncheon

10:30 a.m. | Monday, November 2, 2009

Thank you to this year's sponsors and supporters. We sold over 2200 tickets this year, a SPUR record!

The annual Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon is San Francisco’s largest and most important civic event of the year. Over 2,000 people will pay tribute to five people who make our city and region a better place to live and work. This event has evolved over 49 years, but its purpose remains the same: to recognize the contributions and dreams of remarkable San Franciscans.

We are excited to announce the honorees for 2009:

Philip P. Choy – foremost expert on Chinese American history and architect
Leroy King – longshoreman’s union activist and redevelopment commissioner
In memory of Brian O’Neill – advocate for the open space movement and National Park Service
Paul Sack – real estate developer and philanthropist
Dr. Isabel Wade – mother of San Francisco’s modern neighborhood parks movement

SPUR Urban Leadership Award
Jim Chappell – former SPUR President who set the vision for the SPUR Urban Center

Other featured speakers include:
Mayor Gavin Newsom, City & County of San Francisco
Dr. Martin Brotman, President of Sutter West Bay


Date and Time Monday, November 2, 2009
VIP Pre- Reception—10 a.m.
Reception—10:30 a.m.
Luncheon & Awards Ceremony—12 p.m.

Individual Tickets: $175
Sponsorships: $500-$25,000
[sponsor benefits]
[refund policy]

Lead Sponsor/Event Chair SPUR thanks President of Sutter West Bay Hospitals and event chair Dr. Martin Brotman, for their generous support.


Moscone Center West
747 Howard St
San Francisco, CA 94105

Parking Available in 5th & Mission Garage
Need help with disabled access? Contact us at 415-781-8726 x119 or

Directions Via BART, Muni Metro
Disembark at the Powell Street Station. Exit to Fourth and Market Streets. Turn right on Fourth, walk two blocks south to Howard and turn left. The Moscone Center is located on the 700 block of Howard Street. You'll find Moscone South on your right and Moscone North on your left. Moscone West is located at Fourth and Howard streets with a second entrance on Fourth Street between Howard and Mission Street.

More Info
For questions regarding about tickets, sponsorship and event details please contact SPUR Event Manager Kelly Hardesty at 415-644-4288 or

Host Committee
Patricia Klitgaard, Co-Chair
Dave Hartley, Co-Chair
Anne Halsted
Mary McCue
Terry Mucheau
Sandy Mori
Nicole Sawaya
Bill Stotler



Bingham McCutchen, LLP MJM Management Group
BRE Properties Inc. Pankow
California Academy of Sciences Perkins + Will
Charles Schwab Port of San Francisco
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, LLP Recology
Degenkolb Engineers San Francisco International Airport
James Flood SmithGroup
Richard N. Goldman U. S. Bank Northern California
Lennar Communities Diane B. Wilsey


AAA John and Marcia Goldman
AECOM The John Stewart Company
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP KMD Architects
Arup Kwan Henmi Architecture/Planning
Aspiriant MBH
Bank of America McKesson
Bank of the West Millennium Partners
BAR Architects Morrison & Foerster LLP
Andy & Sara Barnes MPA Design
Al Baum & Robert Holgate NAI BT Commercial
BRIDGE Housing Corporation Nibbi Brothers General Contractors
Cannon Constructors North, Inc. Ogden Contract Interiors, Inc.
Carpenters Union Local 22 Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Cassidy, Shimko, Dawson & Kawakami Pacific Marketing Associates
Catholic Healthcare West Parkmerced Investors Properties
Chinatown Community Development Center Parsons
Chinese Historical Society of America Parsons Brinckerhoff
Comcast PBS&J
Cox Castle & Nicholson, LLP Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Crosspoint Realty Services, Inc. Polaris Group
Deloitte Prado Group
EHDD Architecture Presidio Trust
Ellman Burke Hoffman & Johnson RMR Construction Company
Emerald Fund, Inc. ROMA Design Group
Farella Braun + Martel LLP Rosendin Electric, Inc.
Fillmore District Community Benefit District Paul Sack
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco The San Francisco Opera
FME Architecture + Design Seifel Consulting, Inc.
Forest City Development Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
Gensler The Swig Company
Gerson Bakar & Associates Swinerton Builders
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP Tishman Speyer Properties
Golden Gate University TMG Partners/Avant Housing
Grubb & Ellis Turnstone Consulting
Anne Halsted & Wells Whitney UCSF
Handel Architects, LLP Union Square Association
Hathaway Dinwiddle Urban Realty Co., Inc.
David & Jane Hartley Westfield San Francisco Centre
Hines Interests Wilson Meany Sullivan LLC
HOK WSP Flack & Kurtz
Jackson Pacific Ventures  
A&B Painting John Fruehe
ACCO Engineered Systems KSW Properties - Mr. Albert Schrek
ADCO Lee's Deli
Arnold & Porter LLP Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP
AvalonBay Communities Inc. Lurie Management, LLC
Baldauf Catton Von Eckartsberg Architects June and Jim McCarthy
Bay Area Economics Moss Adams
Bay West Group Beverly Mills
Butler Armsden Architects Mission Bay Development Group, LLC
Dick and Daphne Bertero Nishkian Menninger
Cahill Contractors Olson Steel
Carmel Partners, Inc. Patricia Klitgaard
Christiani Johnson Architects Paula R. Collins, WDG Ventures Inc.
City National Bank Plant Construction Company
Cresleigh Development LLC Presidio Bank
Daniller Consulting, Inc. Robert C. Friese
Daoro Zydel & Holland Roselyne C. Swig
david baker + partners architects Ron Kauffman
Elizabeth Weicha Rutherford and Chekene
Equity Community Builders San Francisco Giants
First Republic Bank San Francisco Health Plan
Flynn Investments Paul & Lynn Sedway
FORUM DESIGN Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.
GreenLeaf SKS Investments, LLC
Heller Manus Architects Sputnik Enterprises
Hellman Family Foundation STUDIOS Architecture
HNTB Corporation Tom Eliot Fisch
Hotel Council of San Francisco Universal Paragon Corporation
Hunt Construction Group Walker/Warner Architects
A.W. Clausen Terry Micheau
Claudine Cheng Monahan Pacific
City CarShare Public Financial Management, Inc
Stanley D. Herzstein Jr. Regina Phelps - EMS Solutions
Lynne Deegan-McGraw Barry Traub
Caryl & Peter Mezey U.A. Local Union 38
SF Business Times  
SF Foundation
BPS Reprographics  


[View Past Honorees]

Phil Choy

Philip P. Choy was born and raised in San Francisco Chinatown. A retired architect, he is known as an authority on the history of Chinese America. In 1969, he co-taught the first Chinese American History class in the United States, and since then has created and consulted in numerous history studies, publications, exhibits and media projects and has taught, lectured, and wrote on the subject. He has provided pro-bono architectural services to non-profit organizations such as the Chinese for Affirmative Action, and in 1993 produced the case report that placed the Angel Island, Immigration Station on the National Registry of Historic Places. He has served on the San Francisco Landmark Advisory Board, the California State Historical Resource Commission and is currently an emeritus board member of the Chinese Historical Society of America and adjunct professor at the San Francisco State University.

Leroy King Leroy King is the past Northern Regional Director of the International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union (ILWU) and was a union official for over 30 years. He is a long-time civic and public affairs leader in San Francisco. His memberships include the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Western Addition Co-op Council, the San Francisco Labor Assembly for Community Action and the Black Trades Union, State Democratic Party for the last 30 years. He is also one of the founders and past presidents of St. Francis Square, a cooperative housing development in the Western Addition. He was first appointed a Commissioner to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency in 1980 and was reappointed in 2006.
Brian ONeil

Brian O'Neill was the longtime superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) who helped transform the Presidio and other military bases into parkland. Brian was put in charge of the 75,500-acre recreation area in 1986, and was one of the longest tenured, and perhaps the most influential superintendents in the National Park Service. He has been credited with turning Alcatraz from a decrepit former prison into a world-class destination. He also made his vision for a park in the Presidio a reality after 200 years of military use. He was a driving force behind the $32 million Crissy Field renovation project, which by 2001 had transformed the crumbling airfield into a tidal lagoon surrounded by dune grass and walkways. Brian died on May 15, 2009 of complications from heart surgery. Brian served on the SPUR Board of Directors for 13 years. We will miss him very much.

Paul Sack

Paul Sack has divided his life almost equally between business and other pursuits. He has been a developer of garden apartments in the Bay Area and was founder of RREEF, which currently manages about $40 billion of properties around the world, chiefly for large tax-exempt institutions. He was director of the Peace Corps program in Tanzania and director of worldwide Peace Corps programming in Washington, D.C. He has completed seven assignments overseas as a volunteer consultant for the International Executive Service Corps. His principal current activity is collecting photography. He is a trustee of SFMOMA, trustee emeritus of the San Francisco Art Institute, and a director of the Center for International Policy in Washington.

Dr. Isabel Wade

Dr. Isabel Wade is the President of Urban Resource Systems, a nonprofit organization she founded in 1981. An environmental planner by training, she has focused her career on the urban environment and projects that engage the public in urban greening and the protection and enhancement of public open space. While working at the Trust for Public Land, Isabel spearheaded two urban forestry organizations, the Friends of the Urban Forest and California ReLeaf. In 1989, she co-founded the National AIDS Memorial Grove project, and in 1996, she organized a coalition of park groups to “take back’ the neighborhood parks in San Francisco. She served as the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Parks Council until July 2009, attracting more than 100 park groups to participate in the coalition, more than 4,000 volunteers. Isabel received one of the first national awards for excellence in the environmental field from Good House Keeping Magazine, and the first Lifetime Achievement Award by the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services in 2008.


 image Jim Chappell has just retired from SPUR, where he was introduced to the membership as executive director at Silver SPUR, 1994. Since handing over leadership of SPUR 5 years ago, Jim led the campaign for the SPUR Urban Center, which opened last May.  He brought to SPUR a strong belief in the power of knowledge, mutual respect, and community collaboration. In addition to leadership on numerous policy recommendations including the City Charter, Presidio Trust, Muni, Union Square, Golden Gate Park Concourse and Doyle Drive, he conceived of the SPUR Urban Center. He helped form the Union Square Business Improvement District, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, and has received numerous awards for advancing the urban agenda, including the American Institute of Architects, the Gerbode Foundation, and Lambda Alpha International land economics society.<!--EndFragment-->



Moscone Center West
Howard Street between Fourth and Fifth streets
San Francisco, CA
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Tickets $175
Sponsorship available.

Refund Policy

Individual ticket purchases. If you request a refund between 2 and 10 business days prior to the event, SPUR can issue a 25 percent refund. Requests for refunds received less than 2 days prior to an event cannot be accommodated.

Sponsorship payments will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

Auxiliary Services

If, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two business days before the event.

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