HOLIDAY HOB NOB ON THE HILL – Annual Gala At The Fairmont Hotel, December 1st

Progressive dinner and auction to benefit the Bothin Burn Center
at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital

By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

On Tuesday, December 1, Holiday Hob Nob on the Hill® will celebrate its 21st year as the major fundraising event for Saint Francis Memorial Hospital (SFMH) and the inaugural event of San Francisco’s busy holiday calendar. More than 400 guests are expected at this black-tie “progressive dinner,” which winds its way through the most beautiful rooms of San Francisco’s historic Fairmont Hotel. The Hob Nob was conceived by “Nob Hill Fundraising Diva” Bella Farrow in 1989, following the Loma Prieta Earthquake. “Even during difficult times, San Franciscans rise to the occasion with a great party to celebrate a great cause,” comments Susan Geary, this year’s Hob Nob chair. “Saint Francis has served this community through the 1906 earthquake, World War II, Loma Prieta, and countless day-to-day emergencies. This year, proceeds from Hob Nob will support our Hospital’s world-renowned Bothin Burn Center, the only dedicated burn center in the Bay Area, and a critical community resource.”


Established in 1967, the Bothin Burn Center is a 10-bed intensive care unit providing advanced treatment for seriously burned children and adults throughout the western United States. Currently located on the fifth floor of Saint Francis, plans are underway to expand the Burn Center to include four additional patient beds. This critical expansion and upgrade will increase the Burn Center’s capacity to provide burn care to an additional 90 inpatients and 900 outpatients per year.

A gift of $300,000 will be presented at the Hob Nob by The Bothin Foundation to support the Burn Center’s expansion. “Burn patients require very special care, often involving weeks if not months of hospitalization,” says Thomas Hennessy, President and CEO of Saint Francis. “Demand for our services is strong, and we want to make sure we have both the capacity and the most advanced technologies to deliver the care that burn patients and their families need.”


Fairmont Hotel Regional V. P. and General Manager Tom Klein will serve as Hob Nob Master of Ceremonies, with presenters including Saint Francis Foundation Chairman Leo Martinez, Dean of Hastings College of the Law, Dr. Clyde Ikeda, Medical Director of the Bothin Burn Unit and Ms. Geary.

The progressive gala begins with cocktails in the historic Venetian Room, followed by dinner and live auction in the Gold Room, topped off with desserts and dancing to the RICH MARTINI ORCHESTRA back in the Venetian Room. A select number of tickets are still available. For information, please visit: or call 415-353-6848.


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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 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:


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