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News and information from Bread & Roses, a non-profit organization that presents live music to bring hope, healing and joy to the community.
Aug
13

Volunteers Celebrated in Style at 2015 JAM

Bread & Roses Presents 2015 volunteer appreciation and recognition celebration, also known as “The JAM,” was held in great style on Sunday July 26, 2015 at the beautiful home of Toby and John Nady in Piedmont. We have a long history of celebrating our volunteers at an annual event in a very special venue. It is our way of thanking our many performers, hosts, event volunteers, board members and other supporters for their many contributions throughout the year towards bringing live music to people who need it most in varied institutional settings around the Bay Area.

Event Producer Lisa Starbird led a reception team to greet volunteers. All enjoyed a catered box lunch from Insalata’s and libations on the lovely grounds before the special awards presentation at 2 pm.

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Jun
11

Marin Academy Senior Katrina Strack Reflects Upon Her Internship At Bread & Roses Presents

At Marin Academy High School, seniors are encouraged to participate in a project during the month before graduation that is meant to provide a learning experience outside of the classroom and give students a new perspective before heading off to college.

As I looked ahead towards graduation and felt my final days of high school slipping away from me, I was overwhelmed. My activities and schoolwork started to feel meaningless, like they were just stepping stones on a path I was walking far too quickly. Everything was moving too fast. I hoped that my upcoming senior project, a month-long internship at Bread & Roses Presents would pull me out of my funk. Little did I realize just how much it would.

Coming into this project, I was familiar with its powerful mission: to bring the healing power of music to isolated people. I knew that most adults in the Bay Area were familiar with Bread & Roses Presents, but I didn’t understand how such an incredible organization managed to fly under the radar of most teenagers. By interning in the Bread & Roses office and hosting performances at various facilities, I aimed to find out why Bread & Roses should matter to local teenagers.

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Jun
11

At The Crossroads May 13 Benefit At Terrapin: A Fun Evening & Big Success

 

 
On a lovely evening in mid-May, Bread & Roses Presents hosted its annual spring benefit at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. It was our first time presenting a fundraiser at this wonderful venue with its special ambiance and dedication to live music.

About two hundred supporters joined us for the event, beginning with a pre-concert reception on the beautiful patio overlooking the canal. Guests enjoyed delicious canapés along with fine wines contributed by Kokomo Winery of Sonoma. Everyone had the opportunity to preview the exciting music and sports live auction items on the terrace.

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Jun
11

Day of Peace: A Highlight of Our Ongoing Program at San Quentin

On Saturday April 25, Bread & Roses Presents was honored to partner with the Day of Peace Committee in San Quentin State Prison on a daylong special event celebrating peace as an alternative to violence. As our contribution, we arranged for a number of talented performing artists to be part of the program including country singer Nathan Lee who came all the way from Nashville to participate.

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Bread & Roses has brought music to San Quentin since the 70s when our founder, the late Mimi Fariña, started the organization. Through the years, Mimi produced periodic concerts with celebrities on the outdoor prison yard. This year, we are bringing monthly programs to the prison, alternating between providing music for special events, concerts in the chapel and special instrumental and songwriting workshops.

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Mar
13

Spectacular Live Music At The Crossroads Benefit on May 13

Bread & Roses Presents will host a spectacular evening of live music on Wed. May 13, 2015 from 6:30-10 pm at our upcoming benefit concert At The Crossroads at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael. Rhythm Village and Tea Leaf Green will headline the concert along with a special guest performance by Joan Baez. In addition, singer-songwriter Emree Franklin will open the second set and Olympic Gold Medal Skier Jonny Moseley will emcee the fun and festive evening.   

 

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Mar
12

Bread & Roses Presents 2015 – Enhanced Name For Our Fifth Decade & Going Strong!

Executive Director Dave Perron, at the helm since December, reports that “Bread & Roses is going strong.”

 

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web300x300logoTo kick off this year in style, we have a new enhanced name “Bread & Roses Presents” and a new logo to better communicate our timeless mission of bringing hope and healing through live music and performances to isolated people in Bay Area institutions. Thanks to designer Nancy Chan, we now have more contemporary graphics and a new brighter color with images of some of our audiences.

Our ongoing program is vibrant with over 600 shows presented last year. We have ongoing relationships with over 120 different institutions serving youth, adults and seniors in eight counties around the Bay Area.

 

New Institutional Audiences in 2014

New institutional audiences added in 2014 include the Community Living Center of the Veterans Hospital in Livermore, a residential convalescent facility for senior veterans, as well as A Friendly Manor, a drop-in shelter for adult homeless women in Oakland. We also started serving the Ronald McDonald House in Palo Alto, a residential facility for children needing long-term medical treatment, and their families.

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Feb
18

Welcome Reception for Dave Perron at Seager Gray Gallery - February 5, 2015

 

Thanks to Donna Seager and Suzanne Gray of the Seager Gray Gallery in Mill Valley for providing a beautiful space to welcome Bread & Roses Presents Executive Director Dave Perron.

A lively mix of long-time supporters and new friends came together to meet and mingle amid contemporary pieces of world-class art in the latest exhibition "Material Matters." Volunteer performer Teja Gerken played entrancing acoustic finger-style guitar, adding the perfect ambience to the event.

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Jan
12

Excellence in Leadership Award Presented to Cassandra Flipper at Heart of Marin Awards

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A huge congratulations to Cassandra Flipper, former Bread & Roses executive director, the winner of the "Excellence in Leadership Award" at the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL)'s 22nd Annual 2014 Heart of Marin Awards Ceremony at the Marin Civic Center on Thursday January 8, 2015. Marin's vibrant nonprofit community was represented with over eight hundred attendees from a wide spectrum of organizations.  

Tom Peters of the Marin Community Foundation presented the award to Cassandra Flipper as the executive director who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and whose vision has inspired meaningful and lasting change benefiting Bread & Roses and the community. Bread & Roses also received a $5,000 donation from CVNL thanks to the Marin Community Foundation's sponsorship of the award.

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Dec
23

A Taste of Boz Scaggs - Fall Benefit at Great American Music Hall Nov. 24

Thanks for making our November 24 Fall Benefit a great success!

 

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Dec
10

Dave Perron Appointed Executive Director at Bread & Roses


web DaveThe Bread & Roses Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave Perron as the new Executive Director of its agency.  A visionary leader, proven fundraiser and innovative thinker, Perron will head Bread & Roses during its fifth decade of bringing hope and healing through live music to isolated audiences in the Bay Area.

A former Bread & Roses board member and Kentfield resident, Perron worked with our founder the late Mimi Fariña in the early 90's. “When Mimi started Bread & Roses in 1974, she was creative, innovative and courageous in her vision for the organization. I intend to continue her great legacy with the same enthusiasm and unwavering purpose," he said.

He follows outgoing Executive Director Cassandra Flipper whose stellar leadership guided the agency for the past 14 years. She will continue her association with Bread & Roses as a member of its Circle of Advisors.    

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Dec
10

Tribute to Cassandra Flipper at the Great American Music Hall

 Cassandra Flipper was celebrated as guest of honor at a benefit event on Mon. November 24 at the Great American Music Hall. This special evening featured an outstanding concert presented by Boz Scaggs and his wonderful band.  

Executive Director Cassandra Flipper's stellar leadership guided the agency for the past 14 years. She will continue her association with Bread & Roses as a member of its Circle of Advisors. Dave Perron was appointed executive director as of Dec. 1. 

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Oct
31

Folk Alliance Far West Testimonials Honoring Bread & Roses Ambassador Cassandra Flipper

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 At the Folk Alliance FAR-West Conference Awards luncheon on Sat. Oct. 17 at the Oakland Marriott, Bread & Roses Executive Director Cassandra Flipper was honored as its 2014 Ambassador. Here are the testimonials from long-time Bread & Roses performers and supporters Joan Baez, Tom Johnston of the Doobie Brothers, Roy Rogers and Maria Muldaur that were read by event organizer extraordinaire Chappell Holt. Along with the introduction that was given by Elaine Dempsey, you can also see the video link of the awards ceremony, including a live rendition of the Bread & Roses song at the end.

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Oct
31

It's All About Building Relationships: A Salute to Whistlestop

As we wind up our 40th year at Bread & Roses, it's a good time to reflect upon the importance of the partnerships with the facilities we serve. Longevity of service is one of the hallmarks of our organization. Looking back at our first published newsletter in 1976, we see that we have been consistently serving a number of facilities through the years.

"It's all about building relationships," Program Director Carolyn Gauthier recently noted. "Knowing the staff and residents of facilities for a long period of time strengthens our connection. Some programs that we have served since the 70s include San Rafael Healthcare & Wellness Center (formerly Fifth Avenue Convalescent), Center Point, SF Juvenile Hall, Marin County Juvenile Hall, The Tamalpais, The Cedars, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford, Marin Convalescent, Napa State Hospital, SF County Jail, SF General Hospital, The Redwoods and Langley Porter.”

The facilities we serve are truly our collaborative partners in the healing work that we do. They help us set the stage for live performances, and they help educate others in the community about the hope and joy their clients receive as the result of experiencing live music. Now in its 60th year, Whistlestop is a great example of an organization with whom we have worked as a collaborative partner for the past decade.

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Oct
23

Bread & Roses Licenses Rights to Song for the "Pride" Movie

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Bread & Roses licensed the rights to the Bread & Roses song for the film called "Pride" now being shown in Bay Area theatres. The movie features a stirring version of the Bread & Roses song with lyrics by James Oppenheim and music by our founder, the late Mimi Fariña. Based on an inspirational true story, the film follows a group of gay activists in London: "Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners" who rally to support the rights of Welsh coal miners who went on strike in 1983 for better working conditions.  

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Sep
18

"Pocket Full of Soul: The Harmonica Documentary" & Benefit Concert A Big Hit at the Lark Theater


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“The harmonica is in so many ways just like the human voice,” said Mark Hummel from the stage at the historic Lark Theater to over two hundred enthusiastic Bread & Roses supporters and harmonica playing fans. “I’ve been involved with the instrument for so long. It was really fun to see all the folks I've known and worked with up on the big screen.”

This special one-time benefit event was a collaboration between Bread & Roses and the Lark Theater featuring a screening of the definitive film “Pocket Full of Soul: The Harmonica Documentary” followed by a lively concert with harmonica ace Mark Hummel & Friends. 

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Sep
18

Bread & Roses Serves LGBT Senior Community at San Francisco's Openhouse

San Francisco is known throughout the world as a place where lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) people can live openly. It has become a mecca for those with alternative lifestyles to find an accepting home. This population often becomes isolated as the next, younger generation of people move into the city.

Openhouse is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that provides housing, direct services and community programs for LGBT seniors living in the Bay Area. They have regular gatherings of the community where these seniors and their caregivers can socialize, network and support each other.

David-Facer-ParadoxBread & Roses has been providing Openhouse with free, live entertainment since 2011. Various facilities allow the group to come together for meals and a fun afternoon. This partnership has allowed hundreds of LGBT seniors to enjoy performers like Phillip Percy Williams, Paradox MagicLinwood Project Community Chorus, The Mad Maggies, Garden Party, Magic Jeanne and more. 

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Aug
22

Cassandra Flipper to be Honored as Folk Alliance FAR West "Best of the West" Ambassador on Sat. Oct. 18

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We are pleased to announce that Bread & Roses Executive Director Cassandra Flipper will be honored as Folk Alliance's FAR West "Best of the West" Ambassador, along with legendary vocalist Barbara Dane, at a special awards luncheon at the Marriott Oakland City Center on Sat. October 18, 2014 as part of their western regional conference .  The 11th Annual FAR-West Music Conference will take place Oct. 16-19, 2014 in Oakland, CA and includes performer showcases, panels & workshops, the awards luncheon, a networking center exhibit hall, master classes as well as jamming and song circles.

About her upcoming award, Cassandra recently shared  "I am deeply honored to receive this year's FAR West Ambassador Award from the Folk Alliance.  Bread & Roses is fortunate to have so many acoustic-based musicians who volunteer every day throughout the year for people who are isolated in the greater Bay Area – performing their original songs as well as folk favorites.  For the past fourteen years, it has been a great joy to lead this humble organization that creates space for all of our performers to give their best gifts to those who need live music most."

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Aug
08

Music Together in Marin Family Concerts with "Uncle Gerry" to Benefit Bread & Roses

b2ap3_thumbnail_UncleGerry_web.jpgOn Friday August 15 and Sunday August 17, Music Together in Marin will host two special concerts for families with children (up to age 8) with recording artist "Uncle Gerry" aka Gerry Dignan.

Music Together of Marin staff Beth Crespan will host the 4pm concert on Friday August 15 at the San Rafael Community Center, 618 B Street in San Rafael. Sing-Dance-Play staff Elina Coulter will host the concert on Sunday, August 17 at the Homestead Valley Community Center, 315 Monford Avenue in Mill Valley. Tickets are available on a sliding scale of $5-10 per person or $20 per family. The concert is open to the public and proceeds will benefit Bread & Roses. For more info, visit: marinmusictogether.com.

Approximately one-third of Bread & Roses 600 annual programs are for children and youth in a variety of institutional settings throughout the Bay Area including day-care centers for low-income children, special needs schools and juvenile detention facilities.

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Jun
30

New Board Members Revitalize Bread & Roses

We are happy to announce that three new members are joining the Bread & Roses board of directors: Greg Beattie of Veritas Corporate Law; Catherine Less of Baker Street Advisors; and Stacy Nelson of Stacy Nelson & Associates LLC. We are thrilled to have such talented individuals join us.

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For almost twenty years, Greg Beattie of Lafayette, CA, along with his wife the talented vocalist Victoria Blythe, has been a volunteer performer with his band Calaveras. Their moving song Ready to Fly was inspired by a story they heard while playing for a senior convalescent audience for Bread & Roses. In addition to being a talented songwriter and musician, Greg has a law degree from Harvard and a B.A. from Stanford. He is the co-founder of his own boutique law firm, Veritas Corporate Law in Berkeley and San Francisco, CA.

Catherine Less of San Rafael, CA has been a committed Bread & Roses supporter and major donor since 1988 who has attended many benefits through the years. She has performed for Bread & Roses institutional audiences with the Lighthouse Singers and has a B.A. in Music from U.C. Berkeley. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), who currently works as Vice President of Baker Street Advisors, a comprehensive investment firm in San Francisco, CA.

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Jun
30

Honoring Our Veterans: Music on Memorial Day at the Menlo Park VA

We all know someone who is a veteran – a family member, a friend, a relative of a colleague, a son or daughter of a neighbor. So many sacrifices have been made for our freedom.

As I drove down to Menlo Park on Memorial Day, I could not think of a more appropriate place to be than the Veterans Hospital. I thought about my grandfather Colonel Robert L. Hubler who served in the trenches of WWI and my Uncle Paul Carey who was a disabled Korean War veteran.

It was a beautiful outdoor setting at the brand new Welcome Center at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. We had older veterans from the convalescent hospital at their Community Living Center along with veterans from their Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program, a Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, and First Steps of Recovery, a substance abuse treatment program. Some veterans had family members and/or caregivers in attendance as well. 

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