SOURCE: Larkin Street Youth Services

Larkin Street Youth Services

October 05, 2010 20:43 ET

Friends of Larkin Street Hosts Inaugural "Expression Through Art" Event

Young Philanthropist Event Raises Over $12,000 for Homeless and At-Risk Youth

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - October 5, 2010) - Friends of Larkin Street, quickly becoming one of the Bay Area's most prestigious groups of aspiring young philanthropists, kicked off this year's fundraising season with a benefit event for Larkin Street Youth Services hosted at the Martin Lawrence Gallery in San Francisco. The cocktail event was attended by over 300 young professionals and Larkin Street supporters and raised over $12,000 in support of Larkin Street's 25 different programs serving homeless and at-risk youth in San Francisco. Net proceeds for the event were 84% of event revenues mirroring Larkin Street Youth Service's historically efficient fundraising efforts with 84% of funds raised going towards program services.

To date, Friends of Larkin Street has raised over $20,000 in funding for Larkin Street Youth Services since its inception in Fall 2009 with total event attendance at over 1,000, significantly increasing Larkin Street's awareness among young professionals. The Martin Lawrence "Expression through Art" event kicked off with appetizers supplied by Event Sponsor Rose Pistola and included insider tips from gallery art curators about "How to buy and collect art." The event culminated in a moving speech by Friends of Larkin Street member Michelle Pampin who captured the attention of hundreds of party goers with a moving story about one of the Larkin Street kids. The speech followed by a drawing for one of the gallery's prized Lithographs and a bottle of Alpha and Omega wine and a vineyard tasting for ten.

"I was really inspired by tonight's Friends of Larkin Street event," said event attendee Mansoor Farmanfarmaian. "I know there are plenty of homeless youth in San Francisco but I am only just beginning to understand the reasons why they are really on the street and how Larkin Street's programs are changing their lives. The city needs more groups like this working to raise awareness and private funding for youth on our streets."

Members of Larkin Street's Board attending the event remarked on the significance of the Friend's efforts in raising awareness about Larkin Street Youth Services' mission. "It's exciting to see such energy and enthusiasm being channeled toward such an important cause," said Phil Estes, Chairman of the Board, Larkin Street. "We are proud to see Friends of Larkin Street growing at such an accelerated pace and know this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what this group will be able to do to raise awareness about the needs of at-risk youth, particularly at such a difficult economic time."

Friends of Larkin Street will be hosting their next event on December 8, 2010 at the Embarcadero Ice Rink with a Gala planned on February 5, 2011 at the Old Mint. For more information about Friends of Larkin Street, please visit their page, Friends of Larkin Street, on Facebook.

About Larkin Street Youth Services
In 2010, Larkin Street Youth Services celebrates its 26th year, having served over 70,000 youth since first opening in 1984. Larkin Street is an internationally recognized leader providing innovative, effective housing, medical, social and educational services to at-risk, homeless and runaway youth ages 12-24 across 25 programs and 13 sites in San Francisco. Eighty percent of youth who complete Larkin Street's comprehensive programs exit street life. For more information, please visit

About Friends of Larkin Street
Friends of Larkin Street was formed with a goal to raise awareness and funding for Larkin Street Youth Services among mid-career professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area by hosting local events and providing internships for at-risk youth with local companies through Hire Up's Internship for Hire Learning (IHL). All proceeds from Friends of Larkin Street events benefit Larkin Street's 25 programs for homeless and at-risk youth ages 12-24.

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