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Benefitting The Guardsmen and the Giants Community Fund

The Guardsmen Celebrity Dinner and Sports Auction has been a signature fundraising activity of The Guardsmen for thirty years and is the premier charity sports auctions in the country. The Sports Auction typically raises enough money to send over 1,000 at-risk youth in the greater San Francisco Bay Area to summer camp and we are targeting even more this year. Proceeds from the event also benefit the Guardsmen’s long-time partner, the Giants Community Fund.

Thursday, February 8th 2018
Four Seasons Hotel
Grand Ballroom
757 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

5:30 pm - Celebrity and VIP Pre-Party (VIP ticket holders only) 
6:00 pm - Doors Open for GA Guests/Silent Auction Begins
7:30 pm - Dinner
8:00 pm - Live Auction
9:45 pm - Post-Party for all guests

 

Celebrity Guests

 
Jerry Rice Honorary Chair We are honored to have Jerry Rice as the Honorary Chair of the 30th Annual Guardsmen Celebrity Dinner & Sports Auction. Jerry Rice is a Hall of Fame wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion and is widely regarded as the best wide receiver to ever play in the National Football League, and arguably the greatest player of all time. During his 15-year career with the San Francisco 49ers, Rice won three Super Bowls, one Super Bowl MVP, and holds 36 NFL records. 

Jerry Rice
Honorary Chair

We are honored to have Jerry Rice as the Honorary Chair of the 30th Annual Guardsmen Celebrity Dinner & Sports Auction. Jerry Rice is a Hall of Fame wide receiver and three-time Super Bowl champion and is widely regarded as the best wide receiver to ever play in the National Football League, and arguably the greatest player of all time. During his 15-year career with the San Francisco 49ers, Rice won three Super Bowls, one Super Bowl MVP, and holds 36 NFL records. 

Dan Payne The Guardsmen Sportsman Award Dan Payne is the Chief Executive Officer for USA Rugby. He made his international debut against Scotland in the 2007 Churchill Cup. He also played in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Payne coached for several years at San Diego State University before becoming head coach at Life University in 2009, which has been one of the strongest teams in college rugby since Life's undergraduate rugby program was created in 2009. Payne was promoted in 2014 to Athletics Director while still retaining his role as Director of Rugby. He also served as an assistant coach for the Eagles under Eddie O'Sullivan during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.  Dan played an integral role in bringing the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 to San Francisco, which will be played at AT&T Park, July 20-22. 

Dan Payne
The Guardsmen Sportsman Award

Dan Payne is the Chief Executive Officer for USA Rugby. He made his international debut against Scotland in the 2007 Churchill Cup. He also played in the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Payne coached for several years at San Diego State University before becoming head coach at Life University in 2009, which has been one of the strongest teams in college rugby since Life's undergraduate rugby program was created in 2009. Payne was promoted in 2014 to Athletics Director while still retaining his role as Director of Rugby. He also served as an assistant coach for the Eagles under Eddie O'Sullivan during the 2011 Rugby World Cup. 

Dan played an integral role in bringing the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 to San Francisco, which will be played at AT&T Park, July 20-22. 

 
Rick Barry Only player to lead the NCAA, ABA and NBA in scoring, 1965-66 NBA Rookie-of-the-year, 12x ABA & NBA All-Star, 6x NBA First Team All-Pro. Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame and selected as one of NBA's Top 50 Players.

Rick Barry

Only player to lead the NCAA, ABA and NBA in scoring, 1965-66 NBA Rookie-of-the-year, 12x ABA & NBA All-Star, 6x NBA First Team All-Pro. Inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame and selected as one of NBA's Top 50 Players.

Keena Turner Keena Turner is the 49ers Vice President of Football Affairs and former player, coach, and broadcaster. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1980 and spent 11 years with the San Francisco 49ers.

Keena Turner

Keena Turner is the 49ers Vice President of Football Affairs and former player, coach, and broadcaster. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1980 and spent 11 years with the San Francisco 49ers.

Barry Sims Barry Sims played 12 years in the NFL as an offensive tackle spending 9 years with the Oakland Raiders and 3 years with the San Francisco 49ers.

Barry Sims

Barry Sims played 12 years in the NFL as an offensive tackle spending 9 years with the Oakland Raiders and 3 years with the San Francisco 49ers.

 
Jennifer Azzi Winner of Olympic Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Stanford National Championship, Two World Championships, the Naismith Award, and Wade Trophy.

Jennifer Azzi

Winner of Olympic Gold Medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Stanford National Championship, Two World Championships, the Naismith Award, and Wade Trophy.

Dennis Brown Dennis Brown is a former NFL defensive end who played seven seasons for the San Francisco 49ers. 1990 Rookie of the Year honors, and starter in Super Bowl XXIX.

Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown is a former NFL defensive end who played seven seasons for the San Francisco 49ers. 1990 Rookie of the Year honors, and starter in Super Bowl XXIX.

Damon Bruce The host of “The Damon Bruce Show”. Host of Warriors Warm Up on 95.7 The Game. Senior member of The Guardsmen.

Damon Bruce

The host of “The Damon Bruce Show”. Host of Warriors Warm Up on 95.7 The Game. Senior member of The Guardsmen.

Tito Fuentes Tito Fuentes is a thirteen year veteran of the major leagues, and a Giants fan favorite. Tito is currently an analyst with the Giants organization and was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame on February 23, 2002.

Tito Fuentes

Tito Fuentes is a thirteen year veteran of the major leagues, and a Giants fan favorite. Tito is currently an analyst with the Giants organization and was inducted into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame on February 23, 2002.

Jeremy Affeldt Jeremy Affeldt is a three-time World Series Champion. Jeremy was a left-handed pitcher in the Majors for fourteen seasons and played with the Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants. In 2013, Affeldt released a book entitled To Stir a Movement: Life, Justice, and Major League Baseball.

Jeremy Affeldt

Jeremy Affeldt is a three-time World Series Champion. Jeremy was a left-handed pitcher in the Majors for fourteen seasons and played with the Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants. In 2013, Affeldt released a book entitled To Stir a Movement: Life, Justice, and Major League Baseball.

Mark Melancon Mark Melancon enters his second season as a right-handed pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.  He is a three-time All-Star (2013, 2015, 2016) and was awarded the Trevor Hoffman Award in 2015 after leading the National League in saves.

Mark Melancon

Mark Melancon enters his second season as a right-handed pitcher for the San Francisco Giants.  He is a three-time All-Star (2013, 2015, 2016) and was awarded the Trevor Hoffman Award in 2015 after leading the National League in saves.

 
Jose Alguacil Jose Alguacil enters his second season as the first base coach for the San Francisco Giants.  Prior to this, he served as manager for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats in 2016. The native of Venezuela, often referred to by his nickname of "Agui," spent six seasons (1993-98) as an infielder in the San Francisco Giants farm system and returned to the organization in 2007 to work as a roving instructor. 

Jose Alguacil

Jose Alguacil enters his second season as the first base coach for the San Francisco Giants.  Prior to this, he served as manager for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats in 2016. The native of Venezuela, often referred to by his nickname of "Agui," spent six seasons (1993-98) as an infielder in the San Francisco Giants farm system and returned to the organization in 2007 to work as a roving instructor. 

Ty Blach Ty Blach was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2012 and joined the big league club in 2016.  In 2017, Blach tied for second on the Giants in wins and placed third in innings pitched. He also led all rookies in innings pitched. On June 2, he tossed a complete-game shutout against the Phillies.

Ty Blach

Ty Blach was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 2012 and joined the big league club in 2016.  In 2017, Blach tied for second on the Giants in wins and placed third in innings pitched. He also led all rookies in innings pitched. On June 2, he tossed a complete-game shutout against the Phillies.

Nick Hundley Nick Hundley enters his second season with the San Francisco Giants.  He was the 2017 Willie Mac Award winner in his first year with the club, hit .244 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs in 101 games as the team’s backup catcher. Nearly half of Hundley’s hits — 32 of 70 — went for extra bases last season.

Nick Hundley

Nick Hundley enters his second season with the San Francisco Giants.  He was the 2017 Willie Mac Award winner in his first year with the club, hit .244 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs in 101 games as the team’s backup catcher. Nearly half of Hundley’s hits — 32 of 70 — went for extra bases last season.

Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens Hensley Meulens begins his ninth season on the Giants coaching staff and his first as bench coach. In his new role, Meulens manages the day-to-day administration and participates in the in-game strategy. Meulens also will be responsible for the outfield defense instruction, positioning and preparation.

Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens

Hensley Meulens begins his ninth season on the Giants coaching staff and his first as bench coach. In his new role, Meulens manages the day-to-day administration and participates in the in-game strategy. Meulens also will be responsible for the outfield defense instruction, positioning and preparation.

Marvin Benard Marvin Benard spent nine seasons (1995-2003) as an outfielder with the San Francisco Giants.  Benard is now an analyst with the Giants Spanish flagship radio station KXZM (93.7 FM) calling games alongside Erwin Higueros and Tito Fuentes.

Marvin Benard

Marvin Benard spent nine seasons (1995-2003) as an outfielder with the San Francisco Giants.  Benard is now an analyst with the Giants Spanish flagship radio station KXZM (93.7 FM) calling games alongside Erwin Higueros and Tito Fuentes.

William "Bill" Scott San Francisco Police Chief William “Bill” Scott was sworn in by Mayor Edwin M. Lee on January 23, 2017. Chief Scott joins SFPD after serving 27 years in the Los Angeles Police Department. He rose through the ranks to become Deputy Chief of LAPD’s South Bureau after being promoted to Commander in 2012.

William "Bill" Scott

San Francisco Police Chief William “Bill” Scott was sworn in by Mayor Edwin M. Lee on January 23, 2017. Chief Scott joins SFPD after serving 27 years in the Los Angeles Police Department. He rose through the ranks to become Deputy Chief of LAPD’s South Bureau after being promoted to Commander in 2012.

 
Rich Murray Rich Murray is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the San Francisco Giants in its 1980 and 1983 seasons. Born in Los Angeles, California, Murray was selected by the Giants in the sixth round of the 1975 MLB Draft.

Rich Murray

Rich Murray is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the San Francisco Giants in its 1980 and 1983 seasons. Born in Los Angeles, California, Murray was selected by the Giants in the sixth round of the 1975 MLB Draft.

Vida Blue Vida is an MLB pitcher with a 17-year career pitching for the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, and Kansas City Royals. He won the American League Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player Award in 1971. He is a six-time All-Star, and is the first of only five pitchers in major league history to start the All-Star Game for both the American League (1971) and the National League (1978).

Vida Blue

Vida is an MLB pitcher with a 17-year career pitching for the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, and Kansas City Royals. He won the American League Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player Award in 1971. He is a six-time All-Star, and is the first of only five pitchers in major league history to start the All-Star Game for both the American League (1971) and the National League (1978).

Craig Morton American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for 18 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Denver Broncos. Craig also played college football at the University of California. 

Craig Morton

American football quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for 18 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and Denver Broncos. Craig also played college football at the University of California. 

Gary Weaver Gary Weaver has played for the Raiders and Packers, and has been named, is an executive member of NFL Alumni Inc., on the board of directors for Youth Inspiration and Goals Foundation, and has also served on Parents Helping Parents

Gary Weaver

Gary Weaver has played for the Raiders and Packers, and has been named, is an executive member of NFL Alumni Inc., on the board of directors for Youth Inspiration and Goals Foundation, and has also served on Parents Helping Parents

Erica Abke Title holder of Miss USA Petite and numerous other titles as well as fashion designer, Erika has produced top selling styles for brands like GUESS Jeans, Alo Yoga, and Nordstrom.

Erica Abke

Title holder of Miss USA Petite and numerous other titles as well as fashion designer, Erika has produced top selling styles for brands like GUESS Jeans, Alo Yoga, and Nordstrom.

Joe Fonzi Joe Fonzi is KTVU FOX 2's weekend sports anchor. He has been honored by the San Francisco Press Club, and has received several UPI awards, two NorCal RTNDA awards, and an Emmy Award.

Joe Fonzi

Joe Fonzi is KTVU FOX 2's weekend sports anchor. He has been honored by the San Francisco Press Club, and has received several UPI awards, two NorCal RTNDA awards, and an Emmy Award.

 
Joe Martin Joe Martin is a former NFL Quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs and was an assistant coach for both Cal and Stanford.

Joe Martin

Joe Martin is a former NFL Quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs and was an assistant coach for both Cal and Stanford.

Harold Pressley Harold Pressley spent four years in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings before playing a major role in Joventut Badalona's success both in the Spanish league and the Euroleague until 1993.

Harold Pressley

Harold Pressley spent four years in the NBA with the Sacramento Kings before playing a major role in Joventut Badalona's success both in the Spanish league and the Euroleague until 1993.

Bob Lee A 13 year veteran of the NFL, with a 69% winning record as a starting quarterback for the Vikings, Falcons, and Rams. Falcons, and winner of the Falcons' equivalent of the 49ers Len Eshmont Award.

Bob Lee

A 13 year veteran of the NFL, with a 69% winning record as a starting quarterback for the Vikings, Falcons, and Rams. Falcons, and winner of the Falcons' equivalent of the 49ers Len Eshmont Award.

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Founded in 1947

The Guardsmen is a group of Bay Area men mobilizing their significant talents and resources to enhance and improve the lives of at-risk youth. This all-volunteer organization, founded in 1947, provides access to high-quality educational and outdoor activities for inner-city youth. The opportunities created through The Guardsmen’s scholarship and campership programs mean that every year kids who otherwise would not have a chance at success are given the opportunity to excel as productive members of society. Sometimes that support means giving kids a chance to “just be kids,” by giving them their first experience to hike, bike, or play a game of softball in the great outdoors. Sometimes that support means the difference between attending a low-performing public school, and access to a higher-quality private education and the life-changing course such an opportunity creates.

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