Family House: Our Future at Mission Bay
As Family House looks to the future, we hope to continue serving the pediatric patient population when UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital moves to the Mission Bay Area of San Francisco. The area is being redeveloped from the ground up, which means Family House must acquire a piece of land and construct a new building in the vicinity of the hospital to fulfill our mission. Plans are under way to ensure that families will receive the same care, comfort and compassionate housing completely free of charge while their child receives care at the new hospital.
Please click here to read our mission statement, and please click here to make a much-needed donation. Your support means everything at this critical juncture as we work towards securing new property and look to the start of construction of a new house.
The Annual Family House Gala, this year's Madmen party on May 4th, is yet another opportunity to showcase those who benefit from our services, as well as our generous donors who support our mission. We hope you'll make every effort to attend, as this year's Gala promises to be the most memorable yet.
Board member Gerry Sangiacomo hosted a beautiful open house and breakfast at our 50 Irving Street building for 50 of her closest friends. During the morning fete, guests were able to tour the house, meet staff and hear directly from our families what Family House means to them. Several event attendees signed up on the spot to volunteer, learn more and make donations.
The 19th Annual Cabernet for Connoisseurs wine tasting, dinner and auction was a smashing success! The party kicked off with the announcement of the Grands' naming pledge, which set the tone for event co-chairs Karen and Neil Aldoroty to put on a party that brought in over $800,000. Exceeding all expected goals, many new people were introduced to Family House, our mission, and a lot of excellent wine. Follow up meetings are already in process to further acquaint our community with our fine work and plans for the future. To view some photos from Cabernet for Connoisseurs 2013, please click here.
Board members Art Ablin and Michelle Hermiston were integral participants of our UCSF Capital Campaign Kickoff Ice Cream Social at the hospital in April for the Pediatric Division Heads, faculty and staff. We were able to speak directly to over 150 potential donors to the campaign who were shown the schematics and hear our exciting news about the future of Family House in Mission Bay. To view some photos from that event, please click here.
Family House has been working diligently to secure land in Mission Bay to build our new 80 room facility. Acquisition of the land is a vital step to achieving our dream. It's been a long wait, but Mayor Lee has finally appointed a new Commission to succeed the Redevelopment Agency Commission, which has the legal authority to sign the contract with Family House to purchase 30,000 square feet of Block 7 East to develop at Mission Bay. The two parties must sign a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) as the first step in legally acquiring this piece of land. As we understand from the City staff members, Family House will be among the first group of DDAs in the queue of development projects at Mission Bay to be considered by the new SFRA. Our hope is to have a signed, executed DDA by the second quarter of this year. This will mark a tremendous milestone in the project, as we have been in conversation with the City for many years for this piece of Block 7.
The architectural firm of Leddy, Maytum and Stacy has prepared conceptual drawings of a new Family House at Mission Bay with floor plans. We look forward to starting the final schematic drawings once we're further along on fundraising.
Our goal is to manage this large construction project in such a way as to make sure we are efficient and cost effective. We are in the process of identifying appropriate and qualified consulting firms from which we will seek proposals to identify an Owner's Representative. Once hired, this firm will assist in all facets of hiring, overseeing and finishing the construction process. Their first piece of business will be to work with us to issue a request for proposal to qualified contractors for an open and competitive bidding process.
Carneghi and Blum Appraisers have completed a full appraisal of our two existing properties; and we intend to start the process to find a buyer for these two sites, so that we can apply the sales amount to our overall Mission Bay goal of $40 million.
We're going great guns in the silent phase of our project. The outstanding capital campaign committee is actively cultivating and soliciting donors. We hope you will share your passion and support for Family House with your friend and family and encourage them to join the growing number of our volunteers, friends and supporters.
Building Blox Consulting is another essential component of our fundraising team. They are, along with Campaign Manager, Susan Neff, are providing strategic counseling on donor research and solicitation.
Board members, Amy and Drew McKnight, held a successful cultivation event in their home for colleagues in the investment community in November. One-on-one meetings are scheduled to follow up for cultivation and solicitation.
Cabernet for Connoisseurs, to be held on Friday, February 8 at the San Francisco St. Regis Hotel is being designated as the next big cultivation opportunity for potential campaign donors. Drew McKnight, Scott Miller, George Hamel and others are purchasing tables to invite individuals interested in the Family House mission and involved with philanthropy. We look forward to a hugely successful event.
Family House staff were invited to take a hard hat tour of the new UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in August. Construction is well underway - the shell of the building is up, and the interior construction has begun: I-beams, drywall, and studs. It's becoming easier to imagine how the renderings of the new patient rooms will take shape at Mission Bay. Acute Care and Intensive Care patient rooms are being designed not just for the best possible patient care, but also to be a comfortable environment for families, and an efficient place to work for medical staff. You can read more about the project by visiting the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital website. View the photos below of Family House staff at Mission Bay, and check back soon for more updates.