Bread & Roses Presents: A Record-Breaking Year in 2016

Marin County agency presents over 600 shows to more than 30,000
isolated people

CORTE MADERA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Bread & Roses Presents gave a record-breaking 626 shows in 2016 to
isolated people in Bay Area senior day care centers, convalescent
hospitals, juvenile detention facilities and other institutional
settings where residents have few opportunities to view live
entertainment by professional performers.

“The number of shows last year is the most the organization has ever
produced since its founding in 1974 by the late Mimi Fariña,”
said Executive Director Dave Perron. In 2016, 127 facilities were
served in eight Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa,
San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma. Nearly 34,000 people
were entertained across all age and demographic groups.

A total of 1,018 volunteers were engaged including performers, hosts,
board, event, office and other in-kind contributors. Active volunteers
included 833 individual performers and performing groups. Forty-one
active volunteers hosted 350 shows in 2016.

“Bread & Roses has steadily increased its presence in the Bay Area as it
holds constant to its mission of bringing uplifting music and other
performing arts to those in need – the sick, the disabled and the
disadvantaged,” Perron said. “We are proud to serve as a link between
high caliber performing artists and a wide range of social service
organizations including low-income children’s day care, special needs
schools, mental health facilities, homeless shelters, senior
convalescent centers, veterans hospitals and other venues.”

The organization also announced a full complement of fifteen directors.
Board members include Greg Beattie of Lafayette; John Botti of Tiburon;
Raj Gopal of Berkeley; Chris Gorog of Los Angeles; Simone Haas of San
Francisco; Matt Jaffe of Mill Valley; Catherine Less (Treasurer) of San
Rafael; Michael McElligott of San Francisco; Steve Meckfessel of
Alameda; Donna Mezias (Secretary) of Mill Valley; Stacy Nelson of San
Rafael; Joe Piazza of Belvedere; Philip Pillsbury III of Larkspur; Jay
Silverberg (Chair) of Petaluma and Alex Wellins of San Francisco. A
current Circle
of Advisors/Ambassadors-at-Large
list can also be seen on the Bread
& Roses Presents website.

“The breadth of expertise is far-reaching and includes backgrounds in
banking, corporate communications, education, entrepreneurship,
financial services, technology, human resources, law, music, security
services and real estate development. It’s interesting to note that over
half the board are also professional or high level amateur musicians,”
Perron said.

Bread & Roses Presents is in its 43rd year of bringing
free live music around the Bay Area to those who need it most.
Performers, hosts and other volunteers are essential to sustain its
programs along with a wide variety of community support. To volunteer or
make a donation, see
or call (415) 945-7120.


Bread & Roses Presents
Marian Hubler, 415-945-7127 ext. 109