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2012 Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon


2012 Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Moscone Center South, Esplanade Ballroom

The Silver SPUR Awards Luncheon convenes nearly 2,000 Bay Area leaders for the city's largest and most prominent annual civic awards event.



In 2012, SPUR was proud to honor four remarkable Bay Area leaders:


Edward A. Chow, M.D.

Video: How Dr. Edward Chow Champions Healthcare for All >>

Edward A. Chow, M.D., is a native San Franciscan who as an internist for over four decades has been addressing health needs, access and disparities, including working with the Chinese Hospital and its physicians to create the Chinese Community Health Plan, the nation’s first culturally competent health plan dedicated to the needs of an Asian community. He has served under five mayors on the San Francisco Health Commission, where he advocated for the rebuilding of its two public hospitals and established neighborhood primary care clinics. He is a founder and leader of numerous organizations, including most recently the National Council of Asian and Pacific Islander Physicians.


Mildred Howard

Video: How Mildred Howard Creates Community With Art >>

Mildred Howard is an acclaimed mixed-media installation artist, activist, teacher, mother and grandmother, born and raised in the Bay Area. The Oakland Museum of California, the de Young Museum, SFMOMA, the San Jose Museum of Art and the Museum of the African Diaspora have all exhibited her work. She has received prestigious grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Local works include Three Shades of Blue on Fillmore Street and The Music of Language on Glide Memorial’s family housing building. With an eye toward the built environment and its impact on daily life, Mildred has shaped how we experience the public realm.


Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, Ph.D

Video: How Rabbi Stephen Pearce's Interfaith Collaboration Builds a Better City >>

Stephen S. Pearce, D.D., Ph.D., is senior rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. During his tenure, he started the temple’s hunger justice initiative and founded a long-standing collaboration with San Francisco’s Third Baptist Church. Rabbi Pearce is an active member in the city’s interfaith community, coauthoring Building Wisdom’s House: A Book of Values for Our Time with Bishop William E. Swing and Father John P. Schlegel. Before coming to Congregation Emanu-El, Rabbi Pearce was on faculty for 20 years at Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. While on faculty at St. John’s University he earned his Ph.D. in counselor psychology.


John K. Stewart

Video: How John K. Stewart Brings Equity to the Housing Market >>

John K. Stewart is a pillar in the real estate development and affordable housing communities of the Bay Area. A longtime SPUR board member, he is founder of The John Stewart Company, which has a management portfolio of 30,000+ units in 400 properties. A key ally of Mayor Newsom in launching HOPE SF, he has been the creative force behind some of the Bay Area’s most complex affordable housing deals, including a transit-oriented mixed-use project adjacent to El Cerrito BART station and North Beach Place, a 341-unit mixed-use HOPE VI project. He has been instrumental in facilitating unique project ownership structures and is committed to the creation and preservation of sound, long-term affordable housing.


Congratulations to all our Silver SPUR Award Recipients!



Our sponsors are important partners in honoring and celebrating our four award recipients.

Sponsorships range from $500 - $10,000 and provide many valuable and tangible benefits. (Please see below for a complete Sponsor Benefit Matrix. Click on the image to enlarge it.)



Weekly: Sponsors added every Friday to SPUR event website
Fri, Sep 7 (extended to Thur, Sep 13): Deadline for inclusion in the print invitation
Mon, Sep 10: Deadline for inclusion in the first email invitation
Mon, Sep 17: Deadline for inclusion in The Urbanist event ad
Mon, Sep 24: Deadline for inclusion in second email invitation
Mon, Oct 8:  Deadline for inclusion in third email invitation
Mon, Oct 15: Deadline for inclusion in printed program and event signage *also deadline for submission of guest names to [email protected].
Wed, Oct 24: Deadline for inclusion in The Urbanist final event ad


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SPUR is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and sponsorship is tax deductible to the full extent of the law. SPUR's tax ID is 94-149-8232.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Vanessa Bilanceri, corporate relations manager, at 415.644.4882 or [email protected].


Thank you to our 2012 Silver SPUR Sponsors!



  Larry Baer, President and CEO
  San Francisco Giants
  2012 World Series Champions






ARCADIS/Malcolm Pirnie
California Pacific Medical Center/Sutter West
Degenkolb Engineers
Eastdil Secured
Emerald Fund, Inc.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Golden Gate University
Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Co.
The John Stewart Company
JPMorgan Chase

KMD Architects
Lennar Urban

Millennium Partners
MJM Management Group
Perkins + Will
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Bill & Dewey Rosetti
San Francisco International Airport
San Francisco Waterfront Partners, LLC
Steinberg Architects
Roselyne C. Swig
Union Bank
Webcor Builders
Westfield San Francisco Centre
Wilson Meany


Academy of Art University
Allen Matkins
Anchor Brewers & Distillers
AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
BAR Architects
Andy & Sara Barnes
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
BRE Properties
Buchalter Nemer
Cahill Contractors
California Academy of Sciences
Cannon Constructors North, Inc.
Carmel Partners
Charles Salter & Associates
Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, LLP
Commune Hotels & Resorts
Cox Castle & Nicholson, LLP
The Coulter/Weeks Charitable Foundation
David Baker + Partners, Architects
Equity Community Builders
Rob Evans & Terry Micheau, Horizons Foundation
Farella Braun + Martel LLP
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
FME Architecture + Design
David Friedman & Paulette Meyer
Gerson Bakar & Associates
John & Marcia Goldman
Gould Evans
Anne Halsted & Wells Whitney
Hanson Bridgett LLP
David & Jane Hartley
Vince & Amanda Hoenigman
Jackson Pacific Ventures
Lend Lease
Richard Lonergan
John Kriken & Katherine Koelsch Kriken
The Koret Foundation
MBH Architects
McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP
Mission Bay Development Group
Moscone Emblidge Sater & Otis

Larry Nibbi
Sergio Nibbi
Nibbi Brothers General Contractors
Nishkian Menninger
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
NRG Energy Center SF
Ogden Contract Interiors, Inc.
PIER 39/Blue and Gold Fleet
Polaris Group
Port of San Francisco
The Prado Group
Presidio Trust
Project Management Advisors, Inc.
Related California
Reuben & Junius, LLP
ROMA Design Group
Sack Properties
Saint Francis Memorial Hospital
San Francisco Health Plan
San Francisco Foundation
San Francisco State University
San Francisco Travel Association
Sedgwick, LLP
Lynn & Paul Sedway
Elizabeth Seifel Fund/Seifel Consulting Inc.
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
Solomon Cordwell Buenz
The Swig Company
Swinerton Builders
Tishman Speyer
TMG Partners/Avant Housing
Tom Eliot Fisch
Treadwell & Rollo, a Langan Company
V. Fei Tsen & Chinatown CDC
Turnstone Consulting
Union Square Business Improvement District
Universal Paragon Corporation
University of San Francisco
U.S. Bank Northern California
Dede Wilsey
WSP Flack + Kurtz



A. R. Sanchez-Corea & Associates
Backstrom McCarley Berry & Co., LLC
Barnes Mosher Whitehurst Lauter & Partners
Bay West Showplace
Valli Benesch & Bob Tandler
BCV Architects
The Boldt Company
BRIDGE Housing Corporation
Buro Happold Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Cassidy Turley BT Commercial
Cathedral Hill Plaza, an ADCO company
Jim Chappell
City CarShare
CMG Landscape Architecture
Daniel Solomon Design Partners
Jean Fraser & Geoffrey Gordon-Creed
First Republic Bank
Golden State Warriors

Goodyear Peterson, LLC
Handel Architects, LLP
Ruth & Alfred Heller

Stanley Herzstein

HKS Architects, Inc.
Hunt Construction GroupImpark
Jones Hall
Beverly Mills
Moss Adams LLP
NicholsBooth Architects, Inc.
Novogradac & Company LLP
On Lok Lifeways
JaMel Perkins
Pfau Long Architecture, Ltd.
Plant Construction Company
Presidio Bank
Public Financial Management, Inc.
N. Teresa Rea
Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
SKS Investments, LLC
Strada Investment Group
Urban Pacific Group of Companies
Walker/Warner Architects
Wilbur-Ellis Company
Woods Bagot Architects
YMCA of San Francisco



Carol Benz
Claudine Cheng
Paula R. Collins
John Conley
Emilio B. Cruz
Greg Dalton
Bernard Deasy

Brendon Farrell
Andy Fry
John E. Hirten


George H. Hume
David Johnson

Patricia Klitgaard
Tom Lockard

Marc Madden
Toby & Sally Rosenblatt
Mark Schlesinger
Janet & Michael Smith-Heimer
Michael Teitz, Ph.D.
Chuck Turner



Final Sponsor List. Thank you to all our generous contributors.

Refund Policy

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 [email protected] 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.