Thank You, Raise Your Hand Supporters!

February 27, 2017

On February 15, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom delivered the keynote address at this year's Raise Your Hand dinner in support of Breakthrough SF.  Now in its seventh year, the Raise Your Hand event provides essential financial support for Breakthrough's high-impact programming with students and aspiring teachers, while celebrating the program's amazing participants and supporters.

Elected as California's 49th Lieutenant Governor in 2010, Gavin Newsom serves on the University of California Board of Regents and California State University Board of Trustees. He authored the Report on the State of Higher Education in California, which recognized the pivotal role of broad-access institutions like California's Community Colleges. A champion of educational access and success, Lt. Governor Newsom called for the establishment of the California College Promise and recently helped to secure $15 million for the California College Promise Innovation Awards. Formerly Mayor of San Francisco from 2004-2011, then-Mayor Newsom launched the San Francisco Promise as well as the nation's first universal children's savings account program, designed to put all kids on the path to college. 

Breakthrough would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many supporters of our 2017 Raise Your Hand dinner. Together, we raised nearly $300,000 in support of our hard-working students and aspiring teachers. View event photos here and the video we screened that evening here.

Thanks to Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom for graciously delivering the keynote address that evening. Thanks also to our participant speakers, Wilda and Abby; our event committee - Hilary Love Bader, Megan Howard, Nicole Krassner, Jane Mortimer, and Courtney Norris; and the many other members of the Breakthrough and SF Day School communities who helped make the evening possible. Thanks also to our generous corporate sponsors, AT&T and Dolby.  We hope to see you next year!