Release date: 11/17/2011

San Francisco Opera Guild hosts Holiday Cheers annual celebration on December 7 at The Westin St. Francis

A fundraiser to support opera education programs and free live holiday music performances in Bay Area pediatric hospitals, hospices and senior centers

SAN FRANCISCO (November 17, 2011)—San Francisco Opera Guild welcomes all to share in the good cheer and great delights of the holidays while helping to share the profound gift of opera at Holiday Cheers, the Guild’s annual holiday celebration on Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Alexandra’s, the spectacular private venue at The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.
Nafiseh Lindberg and Michelle Marie Ritchie serve as co-chairs of Holiday Cheers, which benefits the Opera Guild’s opera education programs that reach more than 50,000 students each year, and also funds free live holiday music performances to Bay Area pediatric hospitals, hospices and senior centers during the month of December.  
This very special evening kicks off with a Scottish flair−inviting guests to indulge in fine wines, delicious scotches, and scrumptious hors d’oeuvres.  The evening will include lively Highland entertainment, as well as a silent and live auction offering many unique gift ideas that are sure to put any lad or lass in the holiday spirit. Guests may take part in fun holiday shopping during the silent auction, as well as the spirited live auction run by auctioneer Piers MacKenzie, formerly of Bonhams & Butterfields. These auctions feature an array of “must-have” experiences and items donated by Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa, Byington Vineyard & Winery, Carnegie Hall, Cavallo Point Lodge, Conn Creek Winery, Encantado, an Auberge Resort, Epi Med Center, Fairmont St. Andrews, Grey Goose Vodka, GUMP’S, Hyatt Regency London – The Churchill, Jardiniere, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Mr. Charles MacKay, Mr. James Noe, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Post Ranch Inn, Radisson Blu Edinburgh, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Telepan, The Absinthe Group – Arlequin Wine, The Ritz-Carlton Destination Club, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park, The Sheraton Phoenix, Torreon Golf Course, TRU, United Airlines, Vinter’s Collective and Robin Woolard Precious Jewels. Live entertainment by DJ Sam Isaac and hors d’oeuvres from John’s Grill and The Westin St. Francis round out the evening’s festivities.
Holiday Cheers is made possible through the generous support of The Westin St. Francis, John’s Grill, United Airlines, Nordstrom, Blueprint Studios, The Desk Set, Crane & Co., William Hill Winery, Scharffenberger Cellars, Grey Goose Vodka, Nob Hill Gazette, Bonhams & Butterfields, and Bang & Olufsen.
Tickets and Information
Tickets for Holiday Cheers are priced from $150 to $5,000. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call San Francisco Opera Guild at (415) 565-3204 or visit
About the San Francisco Opera Guild
San Francisco Opera Guild was founded in 1939 to provide opera education programs to the community and to support San Francisco Opera. Each year, over 50,000 students in 200 schools receive the benefits of arts education as only opera can deliver them, with in-school, theatre and conservatory programs. San Francisco Opera Guild believes the life lessons drawn from creative expression are the foundation of confidence and integrity. Through San Francisco Opera Guild’s Education Fund, they ensure the continuation of educational programs that help students find their voice.