Celebrate community in San Francisco's SoMa District with
a gala evening of music, art and culinary discovery

Wednesday, November 16, 2011
from 7-10 pm

Terra Gallery & Event Venue
511 Harrison Street

Heart of SoMa 2011 promises to be a memorable occasion capturing the spirit – and the heart – of San Francisco's most vibrant neighborhood. Building off of a successful event last year, we are creating a sensational evening of music, art, community and culinary offerings from the finest restaurants of SoMa and beyond. Proceeds from the event will benefit Life Learning Academy.

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Special Guest

Legendary percussionist and Bay Area native Pete Escovedo will perform. An artist who broke down the barriers between Smooth Jazz, Salsa, Latin Jazz and contemporary music, Escovedo's name has been synonymous in the music industry for more than 50 years. The Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra is sure to move you!


A variety of stellar entertainment is becoming a hallmark of Heart of SoMa. Up and coming singer-songwriter and musician Tad Worku gets things underway at the VIP Experience. Drummers arranged by Music Events 4 Causes will then lead Pete Escovedo and honored guests into the main event with beats and fanfare. Enrico Labayen, one of the most exciting Asian-American choreographers in the US has created a “Tango Duet” especially for this celebration. Finally, the hot sounds of The Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra take us through the end of the evening.

Food & Drink

Heart of SoMa 2011 features a taste from the City's trendiest restaurants. Pedro's Cantina will kick things off with Latin fare and margaritas, while Bix, Fifth Floor and Waterbar hold court during the main event. Our bartenders will pour a variety of cocktails and wines throughout the evening. Alexander's Steakhouse will serve up the VIP Experience.


The fabulous setting for Heart of SoMa for the second year, Terra Gallery & Event Venue is a premiere contemporary events space. Centrally located and showcasing glittering nighttime views of the City skyline, Terra is a dazzling host for Heart of SoMa.

VIP Experience

VIP patrons will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with Pete Escovedo and other honored guests at a special reception at Mer, the lower level of Terra Gallery & Event Venue from 6-7 p.m. Delectable bites provided by Alexander's Steakhouse and live music by Tad Worku. Limited ticket availability. To purchase VIP tickets, click here.


Keith L. McLane, BAS, of KLM Auctions, will serve as the Emcee. He is one of the country's preeminent fundraising auctioneers and special appeal/fund-a-need experts. He is one of only a small number of auctioneers in the country to have achieved the National Auctioneers Association's Benefit Auction Specialist (BAS).

Featured Speakers

Featured speakers at Heart of SoMa 2011 include Teri Lynch Delane, principal of Life Learning Academy; Matt Kowalski, homeless advocate and local artist; and Supervisor Jane Kim, member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing District 6 and SoMa.


The beneficiary for Heart of SoMa 2011 is Life Learning Academy, a San Francisco Unified School District charter school serving high-school aged youth who have been involved in the juvenile justice system, or who face challenges including serious school failure, gang involvement, poverty, abuse and substance abuse.

Get Involved

Get Involved! Become a Mentor to a student. Click here to learn more about Life Learning Academy's Internship Program and how your company can get involved. Questions? Click here to contact Life Learning Academy.

About Us

We are the hearts of SoMa, a community of residents, business people and volunteers that are committed to nurturing a community here in South of Market. Learn more about the story behind the Heart of SoMa.

Thank You

We'd like to extend a special
thank you
to our generous host committee, our many volunteers, patrons and other special contributors.

Heart of SoMa 2010

Heart of SoMa 2010 was an incredible event that benefited Hamilton Family Center in San Francisco. Honored guests Rev. Jesse Jackson and Mary Murphy joined for the celebration of SoMa. To see the program from 2010, click here.


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