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San Francisco

Stand By Me: Annual Gala and Distinguished Citizens Award 2022

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The Commonwealth Club dedicates its 2022 Distinguished Citizens Award Gala to four outstanding community advocates who embody the theme of "Stand By Me" through incredible acts of service and longstanding leadership in their communities. With this theme, we recognize the leaders and humanitarians who stand shoulder to shoulder with those they serve. They tirelessly strive to remedy injustices, ensure basic needs are met with dignity, provide equitable access to health care and medicine, and demonstrate an abundance of benevolences and generosity of spirit.

These leaders include: 

  • Rev. Cecil Williams, Glide Memorial Church, receiving a special inaugural award in memory of Charlotte M. Shultz
  • Olga Talamante, Chicana Latina Foundation & Caravans for Children
  • Gilead Sciences
  • World Central Kitchen

The Distinguished Citizens Award Gala is the most significant annual fundraising event to support The Commonwealth Club of California, an organization that uplifts the awareness of public discourse and good information. 

In-Person and Global Virtual Event

Join us on Friday, October 28, 2022, for a celebratory and multifaceted award ceremony and gala party! We are pleased to invite guests back in person to one of San Francisco's most spectacular venues—our very own beautiful headquarters on The Embarcadero.

The evening will kick off with an interactive awards ceremony with live remarks from our honorees and a musical performance inspired by the theme of "Stand By Me." The Award Ceremony will be live streamed onto our platform.

The celebration continues with a multi-level and multifaceted party with culturally diverse artistic performances and catering served by Paula Le Duc as tray passing hors d'oevre and food stations. Staged throughout the building will be vibrant and engaging displays representing each Distinguished Citizen, their impact, and the communities they serve. For more information, visit our website.

Become a Sponsor and get tickets to attend the Award Ceremony and the Celebration Party in person, get recognition during the live-stream global virtual event, and more.

Register for the virtual event and donate! Watch the Award Ceremony online from the comfort of your home and donate.

A limited number of single in-person tickets will be available on a future date. Register for the virtual event to receive a notification when in-person tickets become available.

Thank you for your support.

For more information, contact Paula Linares at or 415-597-6737


Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

  • We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
  • We strongly recommend vaccination for guests, staff, and volunteers.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
  • We reserve the right to require different rules for specific events as necessary.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

We welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our programs.

Please note as local and state public health guidelines continue to evolve, The Commonwealth Club of California may adjust guidelines, such as relaxing mask usage as appropriate. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation; we look forward to seeing you soon. 

All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Fri, Oct 28 / 5:00 pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Rev. Cecil Williams

Glide Memorial Church

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Olga Talamante

Chicana Latina Foundation & Caravans for Children

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Gilead Sciences

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World Central Kitchen


5–6 p.m. Welcome cocktail
6–7 p.m. Award Ceremony (This will be Livestream onto our platform)
7–10 p.m. Celebration Party
(all times PDT)