Best Event Produced for a Nonprofit

Special Events Magazine, January 3, 2006


The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation's, Heart and Soul gala put 130 5-foot-tall heart sculptures decorated by local artists and previously showcased on the streets of San Francisco on display on the SBC Park field. Guests wandered among the dramatically up-lit hearts during the cocktail reception before enjoying dinner and a silent auction, where they bid on 25 of the hearts. Heart-shaped gobos projected onto the walls and all-red decor that included ruby carpets, linen and floral arrangements reinforced the gala's theme, raising both awareness and more than $2 million for the foundation.

Communication Arts

January/February 2009

"San Francisco Rising, organized by the City of San Francisco, was a year-long commemoration marking the centennial of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire. The city-wide celebration required collateral in a wide range of media, materials and sizes to build awareness and excitement, promote sponsorship, attract tourism and increase goodwill.

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We built to publicize a rich calendar of events, provide links to related historical and educational resources, and make the commemoration truly international.

The fog-and-phoenix logo appeared on diverse print materials ranging from press kits, invitations and programs, to newspaper adds in multiple languages, and a streetlight banner campaign that was the largest in San Francisco’s history.” Nathan Durrant, art director; Aine Coughlan/Nathan Durran/Ashley Hofman/Sumi Shin, designers; Leigh Wells, illustrator; City of San Fransisco/Rita Barela Productions, clients.


"The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) instituted a biennial fundraising gala in 2005. We created an identity for The Modern Ball to build community-wide excitement and entice a demographically broad audience. In addition to differentiating The Modern Ball from other events of its size, the design worked in tandem with the existing SFMOMA identity, and provided the flexibility to refresh it for each subsequent Ball. Components included and event-mark, development kit, save-the-date and invitation. Shown here: 2007 save-the-date.” Aine Coughlan/Nathan Durrant/Kevin Head/Scott Hesselink, designers; Michael McRae, photographer. SFMOMA/Rita Barela Productions, clients.