MACY’S PASSPORT 2009 – Glamour and Giving Galore in San Francisco

Facts, fun and photos from Gala Event at Fort Mason’s Herbst Pavilion

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The week in San Francisco included the annual Macy’s Passport held in the Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason. “Come+Together” is this year’s controlling theme. For the thousands of ticket holders the dream was realized and brought out fully with a fabulous pre-fashion show reception and the chance to bid on fabulous items for the silent auction. The show itself was as high-end glamorous as it gets. This year the Macy’s Passport cast featured 44 models, 18 adult dancers, and 14 kid dancers, plus live music performances by Annie Stela and A Fine Frenzy. The Passport stage and runway is half a football field in length and it was graced by some of the most beautiful and striking models in the world. It takes 14 semi trucks to move the show to Los Angeles where Passport 2009 takes place this coming week.

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MACY’S PASSPORT 2009. Event photos by Seán Martinfield

Passport began as an awareness-raising fashion show in Macy’s employee cafeteria in 1982 and has since grown into one of the largest and longest-running HIV/AIDS events of its kind. The fashion benefit, with the help of the Macy’s Foundation, has donated more than $28 million for HIV/AIDS services, prevention and research. “According to the CDC, says Terry J. Lundgren, Macy’s chairman, president and CEO, “every 9 ½ minutes someone in the United States becomes infected with HIV. Therefore we need a collective response that meets the severity of the pandemic head-on, and reaches all populations at risk by supporting research, care, prevention and education programs. Macy’s understands the heartbreak and devastation caused by HIV/AIDS and we have taken a leadership role in this worthwhile cause for more than a quarter century.”

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POM, anyone? Photo, Seán Martinfield

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Savories ala “Blaze Street Grill”. Photo, Seán Martinfield

This year, Passport integrates Macy’s Come Together campaign targeting domestic hunger with the ongoing focus of raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. Macy’s and Feeding America have created a campaign that aims to feed 10 million people and will launch in September during Hunger Action Month.

The idea behind combining Passport and Come Together this year is to engage the community by involving the beneficiaries. For the first time, Project Open Hand will be an integral part of the evening, serving food during the tasting reception. Glide Memorial Church will be showcasing the fresh vegetables grown by the Children’s Center in their roof garden. A silent auction was conducted by UCSF in which supporters bid on prizes such as golf and vacation packages to support the procurement of a Pediatric AIDS Social Worker for their Pediatric AIDS Unit. Finally, the AIDS Emergency Fund and the San Francisco Food Bank attended the reception to help guests can learn more about their organizations and ways to volunteer.

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The Silent Auction. Photo, Seán Martinfield

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MACY’S PASSPORT 2009. Photos, Seán Martinfield

“Come Together is about where we are in the world today,” says Macy’s Director of Special Productions and Passport Producer, Larry Hashbarger, “the idea of supporting one another, together, as we move forward in these challenging times. It’s become more important to connect with people and the simpler things in life. Passport has been connecting with and supporting communities for 27 years.”

Passport guests enjoyed cutting edge fashion, innovative performances and celebrity and designer appearances. A runway fashion show featured the latest fall looks from designers Rachel Roy, Hugo Boss, Calvin Klein along with American Rag, Levi’s, Tallia, Papi, and b.tempt’d by Wacoal. The Harajuku Girls put on a high-energy dance performance directed by celebrity choreographer Brian Friedman.

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The Harajuku Girls. Photo, Seán Martinfield

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MACY’S PASSPORT 2009. Photos, Seán Martinfield

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MELODY MOORE – San Francisco Opera Star sings “O mio babbino caro”
from Gianni Schicchi. Photo, Seán Martinfield

This year’s major beneficiaries include the AIDS Emergency Fund, Glide Memorial Church, and Project Open Hand.
AIDS Emergency Fund – has provided over $27 million in emergency financial assistance to people battling HIV and AIDS since 1982. Each year approximately 2,500 low-income San Franciscans get help from AEF – enabling them to maintain housing and utility services, make medical co-payments, and meet other critical expenses to help stabilize their living situations and improve the quality of their lives.

Glide Memorial Church – is a non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive range of programs to homeless and low-income individuals and families including free meals, primary and behavioral healthcare, employment, education, programs for children, youth and their families and access to shelter and other services.

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MACY’S PASSPORT 2009. Photos, Seán Martinfield

Project Open Hand – provides meals and groceries for people with symptomatic HIV and AIDS; congregate lunches for people over 60 years of age, and means for homebound and critically ill people under the age of 60. Services are available to eligible clients living in San Francisco and Alameda counties.

The San Francisco Fashion Inform Beneficiaries include Huckleberry Youth Programs, New Conservatory Theatre Center, and the School Health Programs Department (SHPD).
Huckleberry Youth Programs – founded in 1967, provides HIV/AIDS prevention education, shelter, counseling, health education, job readiness training, and leadership development for runaway and at-risk youth in San Francisco and Marin Counties.

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MACY’S PASSPORT 2009. Photos, Seán Martinfield

New Conservatory Theatre Center – is a theatrical organization that gives artistic voice to the LGBT community, trains hundreds of youth in theatre arts, and educates thousands more on critical health and wellness issues through its landmark YouthAware series.

School Health Programs Department (SHPD) – is the division of SFUSD that addresses the health needs of San Francisco’s school aged children and their families. Our rmission is to ensure the academic, physical, and emotional growth of SF’s children and youth by assisting school sites in building their capacity to meet the needs of the whole child.

This year’s Passport In-Store events continue at the following Macy’s locations:
Southern California – September 25th – 26th:
Los Angeles at Beverly Center and Sherman Oaks*
Costa Mesa at South Coast Plaza*
Palm Springs at Palm Desert*
San Diego at Fashion Valley/Mission Valley*
Rancho Cucamonga at Victoria Gardens
and
Las Vegas – September 25th – 26th:
Fashion Show Mall

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MACY’S PASSPORT – Fashion+Compassion Come Together. Photo, Seán Martinfield

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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