AMIGOS Adelante Benefit

Julia Morgan Ballroom, San Francisco

Get your tickets here!

Saturday, September 23, 2023


Visit the Silent Auction catalog and place your bids!

A Night To Remember: Celebrating Resilience and Innovation

Celebrating Resilience and Innovation is the theme of the 2023 Adelante Benefit. We have so much to be grateful for this year! These past few years have brought disruption to our mission. And in 2023, we are so happy to be back in-person with homestays and extended immersion programs in eight countries throughout the Americas. And, with your help we can and will do so much more. 


This event invitation and call to action has never been more important because one truth remains constant: to effectively tackle the world’s most pressing problems, young people must be engaged as lifelong leaders who share responsibility for our global community. Please join us as we gather at the exquisite Julia Morgan Ballroom to honor our commitment to service, culture, and learning.  



We’ll walk you through the three acts of 2023 Adelante Benefit. 


The format this year will be different from past Adelante events which will allow you to engage with each other, our youth hosts, and our mission in new interactive ways. Food and drink will be plentiful but there will be no sit-down plated meal as we will have a shorter program. All guests will still have an assigned table and seat. We invite guests to “wear a bit of white” to the gala as nod to our resilience and upcoming diamond anniversary. 


First, Act 1 is all about connection. During the reception you can enter an immersive program room, have fun by playing the wine toss and raffle games, enjoy the evening’s signature cocktail, and delight in delicious Hors d’oeuvre and entrees.  

Act 2 is for inspiration. Guests will take their seats for the program and be moved by our speakers and special guests. A professional auctioneer will lead us in making an impact for AMIGOS through a fund a need and live auction paddle raise. 

Act 3 is for celebration. The afterglow party will feature a “debrief” signature cocktail, dessert bar, more chances to win at the wine toss, music, and more. This time will allow you to celebrate our shared belief that young people can do amazing things. 



Josh Fryday, California’s Chief Service Officer (’98)

Josh Fryday serves as California’s Chief Service Officer within the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom to lead service, volunteer, and civic engagement efforts throughout California. As a member of the Governor’s Cabinet, Fryday leads California Volunteers, Office of the Governor. He led the COVID-19 Task Force to support food-insecure communities and food banks across the state. Since appointed, California Volunteers has launched the nation’s first statewide Climate Action Corps, #CaliforniansForAll volunteer initiative, a statewide Neighbor-to-Neighbor campaign, the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps to help thousands of Californians who commit to serving for a year pay for college, and #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps, a program to employ underserved youth across the state in critical issue areas.

Fryday is the former Mayor of Novato, his hometown. He also served as President of Golden State Opportunity (GSO), leading the expansion and implementation of the California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC). Prior to GSO, he served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for NextGen Climate, a leading national organization focused on climate change.

Fryday served in the military as an Officer in the United States Navy (‘09-‘13) as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG). Fryday received his law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law.

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Demos, a national think-tank focused on issues of economic, racial, and political inequality, and is a founding Board Member of Amazon Frontlines, a leading organization to protect indigenous communities and territories in the Amazon. He is married to Mollye Fryday, an educator, and they have three energetic young boys, Shay, Calvin, and Tam. Josh volunteered with AMIGOS in the Dominican Republic in 1998.


Tomás Magaña, MD, MA (’80, ’88)

Tomás Magaña, MD, MA will be honored at the Adelante Benefit as the recipient of our 2023 Lifetime Leader Alumni Award due to his exceptional leadership and service in the field of medicine and advocacy. Dr. Magaña co-founded the FACES for the Future Program in 2000 to improve health outcomes for at-risk adolescents, respond to imperatives for building a diverse and culturally responsive health care workforce, and address workforce shortages in healthcare professions. Dr. Magaña also serves as Director of the UCSF Latinx Center of Excellence’s Aspiring Physicians Program at San Francisco State University, where he supports the development and mentorship of Latinx and African-American undergraduates who aspire to become physicians. As a first-generation college student, he worked hard during his formative years and understood the importance of advocating for youth leadership as an intervention to create a better community.  

Dr. Magaña is a leading expert in the design and implementation of health workforce pipeline programs for youth and young adults. He is a board-certified pediatrician with expertise in the care of vulnerable children and adolescents, including those impacted by the juvenile justice and foster care systems, immigration, and community violence. He is a Lead Physician in the Department of School-Based Health Centers at La Clínica de La Raza, Inc. where he serves the complex medical needs of diverse youth from Alameda County.  

Tomás’ journey with AMIGOS began in 1980 when he volunteered in Honduras which was then followed by serving on the Project Staff Team in Paraguay in 1988.  Over the decades, he has worn many hats in AMIGOS as a chapter leader, national board member, and parent himself. He has always lifted up our mission and purpose with his calls for action on creating greater accessibility to our programs.  


Julia Cedarholm, Senior Associate, ESG Research & Shareholder Engagement at Arjuna Capital and AMIGOS 2023 Rising Social Entrepreneur Award (’11, ’12, ’13, ’14)

Julia is the recipient of the AMIGOS 2023 Rising Social Entrepreneur Award for an outstanding alumnus. This award recognizes an alum under 40 who is a pioneer in addressing social issues facing our global community.

Julia is the Senior Associate of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Research and Shareholder Engagement at Arjuna Capital. In this role, she supports integrating ESG into Arjuna’s investment process and shareholder advocacy efforts. Her passion for social finance, sustainability, and social justice inspire her work.
Julia received her Masters of Public Administration (MPA) with a focus on social impact, innovation, and investment from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service in May 2021. While in graduate school, she focused on sustainable investing strategies as a fellow at the Intentional Endowments Network and intern at Boston Common Asset Management. Before graduate school, Julia was the site director for an education equity nonprofit, UrbanPromise Charlotte.

Angelina Zevallos, Strategy Associate at EY-Parthenon (’15, ’16) 

Angelina Zevallos is a San Francisco Bay Area native, community leader, and proud AMIGOS alum. Angelina first participated in AMIGOS in the Youth Ambassadors Program followed by a position on Project Staff in the Dominican Republic in 2016.

Upon completing these programs, Angelina returned to the Bay Area eager to apply her AMIGOS leadership skills to make a difference in her local community. This inspired her to launch an outreach program empowering Bay Area youth to engage in community service activities, such as food and clothing drives for the homeless. Because of her social impact in the Bay Area, she was awarded the 2017 Hasbro Community Action Hero Award by generationOn, the youth service division of Points of Light.

During her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, Angelina applied her AMIGOS service learning toolkit to organize community initiatives at the UC Berkeley Public Service Center. Overall, Angelina is very excited to attend the 2023 Adelante Benefit and engage with attendees who share the same passion for uplifting youth to take action and become changemakers in their communities. Angelina received her B.S. in Business Administration from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business in 2021 and is currently working in strategy consulting. 


The Mission and Vision of AMIGOS

Since our founding in 1965, 30,000 young people have served as volunteers in thousands of communities throughout the Americas. As our programs inspire more leaders through authentic service and immersion experiences, we continue to fulfill our organization’s mission in powerful ways. We envision a world where these young leaders and all of us become lifelong leaders sharing responsibility for our global community.   


The Adelante Silent Auction will begin Friday, September 15 – Saturday, September 23 and close at 8:00 PM Pacific /11:00 PM Eastern.

The theme of this year’s auction is “finding your own adventure.The catalog includes more than 30 items with vacation homes across North America, sports items, outings and excursions, and more. A big thank you to all of our auction donors! 

Visit the Silent Auction catalog and place your bids!  

Here are a few tips for bidding in the online catalog – 

  1. Bid online or via text message.
  2. Browse items using the sorting tool at the top of the page.
  3. For easy access, mark items as “favorites” by clicking the heart icon.
  4. Some items have “Buy it Now” options.

All proceeds from the auction will directly support our youth leadership programs and help provide more financial assistance funding for students. You can make an impact for AMIGOS by bidding and winning in the auction! 

Thank you to the 2023 Adelante Benefit Host Committee members! The Host Committee helps to inspire our community to support the benefit and make it a great success. They are passionate believers in our programs and students.

Host Committee

Doug and Stacy Alexander
David Baron and Pamela Mann
Jennifer Brodsky and Kumar Dandapani
Kelly Burkholder and Mary Bouley
Ben and Karen Cain
Sarah and Ryan Collins
Stephanie Falkenstein and Subir Kumedan
Mike Gridley
Sierra Hawthorne and Krishna Esteva
Sarah and Andy Heck
Kristin Kaper
Wade and Donna Lamson
Megan McTiernan
Lisa Pieper and Robert Garland
David Quinto and Jo Ardalan Quinto
Justin Sears and Elisa Nino-Sears
Shawn Simpson
Kirsten Tobey and Ben Saenz
Marvin and Cassandra Trotter
Krisa Van Meurs and Peter Farmer
Raquel Wexler
Howard Wright and Kate Janeway

Your sponsorship will help AMIGOS empower more students and will directly support our youth leadership programs. Please view sponsorship opportunities below.

As a sponsor of the Adelante Benefit, you will lead our community in making an impact for AMIGOS. Please view the sponsorship levels below. Be sure to check out our special youth host sponsorship opportunity for just $275.  

Reach out to Jenny Claycombe, Director of Fund Development, with questions at [email protected]

Adelante Benefit Sponsorship Levels


Half page feature in the event program • Sixteen tickets for the event • One feature on AMIGOS social media channels

Impact – Your sponsorship can underwrite Latin American student participation in one project location in Costa Rica, Ecuador, or Panama. 


Half-page feature in the event program • Eight tickets to the event • One feature on AMIGOS social media channels

Impact – Your sponsorship can fund two financial assistance awards for high school program students. 

$5,000 – CATALYST

Eight tickets to the event • One feature on AMIGOS social media channels

Impact – Your sponsorship can fund a financial assistance award for a high school program student. 

$2,500 – VISIONARY 

Eight tickets to the event

Impact – Your sponsorship can fund a financial assistance award for a middle school program student. 

$1,000 – BELIEVER 

Four tickets to the event

Impact – Your sponsorship can underwrite two community service projects on a summer program in Costa Rica, Ecuador, or Panama. 

$500 – HERO 

 Two tickets to the event 

Impact – Your sponsorship can underwrite a community service project on a summer program in Costa Rica, Ecuador, or Panama. 


Recent AMIGOS volunteers are the best stewards of our mission. Sponsor a student to attend the benefit and share their story. 

  All sponsors will be recognized in event and promotional materials. 


Leading Sponsors


Thought Leader 

Doug and Stacy Alexander

David Baron and Pamela Mann



Jennifer Brodsky and Kumar Dandapani

Wade and Donna Lamson

Anne Morriss and Frances Frei

David Quinto and Jo Ardalan Quinto

Howard Wright & Kate Janeway



Sarah and Ryan Collins

Marvin and Cassandra Trotter



Kelly Burkholder and Mary Bouley

Ellen and Crane Curran

Charlie Evans

Sierra Hawthorne and Krishna Esteva

Jennifer Murphy and Matthew Brauer

Krisa Van Meurs and Peter Farmer



Daniel Weltin and Mildreth Carias-Padilla



Scott Horsley 

Clare Bracewell Schmitt 

Jennifer Murphy and Matthew Brauer 

Patricia Rosenberg

D. Scott Smith

Jeff Zimbalist 


AMIGOS Visibility and Reach

~ 30,000 alumni across the world
~ 59 years of programming in 17 countries
~ Website views: 380,000+ yearly
~ Monthly Newsletter: 30,000+ subscribers
~ Instagram: 25,000+ monthly impressions
~ Facebook: 7,500+ monthly impressions 


Recent features on Live! in the Bay, PaperCity Magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, and Global Travel Channel 

The 2023 Adelante Benefit builds on the legacy and impact of nearly one decade of Adelante Benefits – hosted in San Francisco and virtually during the pandemic. Together, these events have raised $700,000 to support AMIGOS programs and provide financial assistance for students. Thank you to our past sponsors, co-chairs, host committees, program speakers, and donors of these events. 

2018 Adelante Benefit

Four Seasons Hotel, April 2018


“We all have a voice inside of us that tries to keep us safe. But in doing so, that voice keeps us small. AMIGOS goes after that voice — and expands it — creating a bigger vision for yourself and for your place in the world.”  

–Liz Guerrero, 2017 Gap Program Alum, 2018 Adelante Student Speaker 


2016 Adelante Benefit

Claremont Hotel, November 2016

Honoring Margaret White Guerriero – Former AMIGOS President & CEO


Make a vacation out of your time in the San Francisco Bay Area. See below for tips on lodging, sightseeing, favorite restaurants and more!

Lodging in San Francisco

Fairmont Hotel (Nob Hill).
Distance from Julia Morgan Ballroom: 0.5M

The Mark Hopkins (Nob Hill).
Distance from Julia Morgan Ballroom: 0.4M

Omni Hotel 
Distance from Julia Morgan Ballroom: 256ft

G Hotel
Distance from Julia Morgan Ballroom: 1M 

Argonaut Hotel
Distance from Julia Morgan Ballroom: 2M 


Ways to get around for sightseeing  

  • Cable Car 
  • Ferry rides 
  • Bike Rentals – Blazing Saddles 
  • Uber/Lyft  
  • Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tours 

Neighborhoods / Areas to Visit  

  • Ferry Building @1 Embarcadero 
    • Farmers market on the weekends
    • Great local shops inside
  • North Beach
    • Washington Square Park
    • City Lights Bookstore
  • Marina 
    • Walk Chestnut Street
    • Marina Green – Walk to Golden Gate
    • Wave Organ
  • Nob Hill 
    • “Top of the Mark” Bar at the Mark Hopkins Hotel has a great view of the Bay
    • Tonga Room, most famous bar in S.F.
  • Be a tourist and visit
    • China Town
    • Ghirardelli Square 
    •  Fisherman’s Wharf 
  • Food Trucks and Social Spaces at Spark Social SF 
  • Food Trucks at Fort Mason on Friday nights


  • Golden Gate Park 
  • The Presidio – Tunnel Tops 

Museums & Landmarks  

  • Legion of Honor 
  • California Academy of Sciences  
  • Golden Gate Bridge  
  • Lombard Street 
  • Alcatraz  
  • Cable Car Museum 


  • Giants game  

Things to do Around the Bay

Marin/ North Bay  

  • Marin Headlands  
  • Mt. Tamalpais – Drive up from Mill Valley
  • Muir Beach – Beautiful windy drive to get there
  • Stinson Beach
  • Sausalito – Easy to get to from SF – driving, biking, or ferry  


  • Wine Train 
  • Wine tasting