Glide Legacy Ball Coverage
August 9, 2012
Nice piece covering the recent Glide Legacy Ball ran in today’s SFGate. Catherine Bigelow did a great job capturing the spirit of the event. I too think Mike Kim could sub for Cecil on any given Sunday!
If the Rev. Cecil Williams ever needs a Sunday sub at the pulpit, we may've found him a pinch-preacher in the person of Mike Kim, director of business development for higher education at LinkedIn. Kim was linking like-minded folks like a man on a mission July 28 at the Regency Ballroom during the
And by introducing the next generation to philanthropy, 900 true believers raised $50K for the Glide Foundation's wellness programs.
"What we're doing sets in motion a new direction for our getting together. To engage each other. To love, care and support each other," roared Williams. "And when we get together, there's no telling what in the world will happen, when we get together."
As Davis is at camp honing his touchdown dashes, 49ers GM Trent Baalke accepted the Cecil Williams Legacy Award for Davis' commitment to help under-served youth achieve healthier lives via art, education and sports.
Siebel Newsom paid tribute to Williams' wife, poet and women's activist Jan Mirikitani, as she accepted the Janice Mirikitani Legacy Award for her own work via Miss Representation, which provides educational tools for young girls and women to realize their full potential in a media-dominated world.
Oh, and for every save he makes on the mound, Affeldt donates $250 to Not For Sale, an organization that established the Free2Play initiative providing sports, music and education rehabilitation to youths rescued from modern slavery.
He recalled a recent Generation Alive food program in Palo Alto where his 4-year-old son asked why he was doing this particular work.
"Son, I truly believe in the concept that you love your neighbor as yourself," said Affeldt, relating their exchange. "When you see someone naked, you clothe them. And I truly believe when you see someone hungry you give them something to eat. And when they're thirsty you give them something to drink. And when they're in prison you visit them. I truly believe the No. 1 injustice in the world is when you traffic a human being. And I want to fight that with everything I have."
The Giants are loyal Glide supporters and have not only featured the choir at games but also host Step Up to the Plate benefit nights.
"As a baseball player, that's what I do. But it's not who I am," Affeldt said. "For me and my heart, this work is who I am. And Glide honestly represents everything I am."
However, there's one task this seeming superhero won't lend his superpowers to: joining the Glide Ensemble in song.
"Singing isn't my thing," admitted Affeldt, with a laugh. "I leave that to (Giants third-base coach and noted troubadour Tim) Flannery."