Purchase Tickets For The Hep B Gala Fundraiser

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Buy your tickets now for the S.F. Hep B Free Campaign’s Be A Hero gala fundraising dinner.

Presented by Saint Francis Memorial Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center, the event takes place on Sept. 18, at the Chinese Culture Center in the Chinatown Hilton located at 750 Kearny St. and begins with a cocktail fundraiser at 6 p.m., followed by a dinner at 7 p.m. There will also be a silent auction, and black tie attire is optional.

At the individual level, tickets are $250, $1,250 for 5 tickets at the patron level and to be a host, you can buy 10 tickets for $2,500.

All proceeds will be used to further the campaign’s efforts to make San Francisco the first city nationwide to be free of hepatitis B.

“Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and Catholic Healthcare West are very pleased to support the B a Hero! Event,” said Tom Hennessy, president and CEO of Saint Francis Memorial Hospital. “Our hospitals are actively involved in hepatitis B screenings citywide. It is our commitment to assist San Francisco in the fight against this chronic disease that puts our Asian Pacific Islander residents at such great risk.”

Julie Soo, a volunteer for the event’s dinner committee, said it is important that the community comes together to support the S.F. Hep B Free Campaign and fundraiser dinner as the disease greatly affects the Asian and Pacific Islander community—1 in 10 APIs are infected with chronic hepatitis B.

Soo knows firsthand the effects of the disease, as her friend Assemblywoman Fiona Ma is a chronic hepatitis B carrier and her father’s close friend was also infected with the disease. Her father’s friend received medical treatment from Dr. Samuel So of the Asian Liver Center at Stanford and through his care, his friend was able to live eight and a half years longer than his initial diagnosis. It is Soo’s admiration for Dr. So’s work that motivated her to become involved in spreading awareness of hepatitis B.

“Prevention in healthcare is really important and can save lives and dollars,” said Soo. “If we all join together, we can hopefully eradicate this preventable disease.”

For more about the S.F. Hep B Free Be A Hero Gala Fundraising Dinner contact Stacy Norman (415) 775-6005.For more about the S.F. Hep B Free Campaign: sfhepbfree.org.

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