The annual Valentine’s fundraiser — benefitting the Stanford Cancer Center, hosted at the home of Alan Salzman and Jillian Manus — has become a legendary tour de force, both for its fundraising prowess and for its themed events. Over the years, the gala has raised millions of dollars.
Robert Fountain, event designer and producer, may have topped even himself this year, invoking a 1970’s show theme called “Channeling Love.” The guests walked into each room feeling like they were on the sets of “Archie Bunker,” “Addams Family,” “I Love Lucy,” and a parade of other hit shows from that decade.
“McCall’s catering served beer and hot pretzels in the “Laverne & Shirley Shotz Brewery” room, fried catfish nuggets in the laundry-strewn “Beverly Hillbillies” room and Middle Eastern noshes in the “I Dream of Jeannie” tent (where the Bill Hopkins band played radio hits),” said Carolyne Zinko in the San Francisco Chronicle. Zinko’s colleague, Leah Garchik, said this year’s event raised more than $1 million.