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Distinguished guest speaker Sal Khan, Founder of Khan Academy, joined Grace Cathedral on Thursday, February 12, 2015 for our fifth annual Carnivale. Khan, whose digital school has provided free, world-class lessons to almost 23 million learners, introduced The Year of Technology - Grace Cathedral’s year-long focus on technology’s integral presence and implications in our faith-based, Bay Area community. This year, the special evening raised over $350,000 for our innovative programs, service ministries, educational offerings and arts programs, enabling us to serve our community from our Cathedral home, which is visited by over 100,000 people each year.

Grace Gives was announced at Carnivale as a new Cathedral initiative to mobilize our volunteers and help organizations working to make San Francisco a better place for all of its residents. The Fund-a-Need auction raised over $125,000 towards this new initiative. A visionary gift from Cathedral Trustee Tom Steyer and Kat Taylor was also announced, and allows us to extend the terms of our Minor Canons, the Rev. Jude Harmon and the Rev. Andy Lobban, so that their work in social justice and young adult outreach may continue. The positions are funded through June 2016.

The evening was celebrated under technology-themed light projections provided by event designer Radeff Design Studios and Got Light, with dinner by McCall's Catering & EventsCarnivale, and the work it funds, received a luminous review in the San Francisco Chronicle, which you may read here. Click below to see a slideshow of the event.

Many thanks to our guests, sponsors, volunteers and the supportive Cathedral community for the continued goodwill and encouragement you invest!  

For information and photos from the 2014 Carnivale: Seeds of Transformation, visit the 2014 Carnivale page.

To make a donation supporting Cathedral life and programming or to fulfill your Fund-a-Need or auction purchase please use the form below. 

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