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The Gatsby Ball:
A Grand Fete at the Palace

Saturday, November 3, 2018
Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA


We are extremely grateful to the 300+ guests who joined us for the PhilDev Gatsby Ball & Awards - our most successful event to date. We raised more than $350,000 (net) for PhilDev’s programs in STEM Education, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship.

Everyone looked fabulous in their 20s attire! Please check out the gallery of photos from the event.

PhilDev Trustee and CEO, Sheila Marcelo, was the emcee for the evening showcasing seven inaugural PhilDev awardees:

  1. Philanthropy Ally of the Year - Linda Lester

  2. Innovation in Branding - Mark Arcenal of Illest

  3. Technology in the Arts - Ritche Desuasido (DJ Yogafrog) and Richard Quitevis (DJ Qbert) of Thud Rumble

  4. Rising Star - Zark Veronas

  5. Community Culture & Leadership - Emily Nishi of Lyft

  6. Innovation in Finance - Jennifer Cabalquinto of the Golden State Warriors

  7. Educator of the Year - Teach for the Philippines: Clarissa Delgado, Lizzie Zobel, Margarita Delgado

We heard the inspiring stories of each awardee and celebrated their achievements. The PhilDev Awards are a testament to the talents and accomplishments of the Filipino community which left the audience feeling deeply impressed and proud. We at PhilDev look forward to continuing the awards next year to recognize and honor more Filipinos worldwide.

The awards were followed with a lively and exciting auction and fund-a-need. Our very generous guests helped us raise over $150k in this portion alone! Our team is working diligently to follow up on all pledges from the Fund-a-Need. We hope you will help by contacting us to confirm your donation.

We closed the night with an entertaining set by Broadway star, Adam Jacobs, who treated us to a medley of songs from Aladdin to Frank Sinatra. Those who had energy left continued on dancing late into the night!

If you didn't have a chance to make a donation at the ball, we welcome your support. There are a number of ways you can continue to contribute.

  1. Direct Online Donation—

  2. Shop for a cause

  3. Stella & Dot - a portion of purchases goes to PhilDev; Link expires on Nov 17, 2018. Shop this link—

  4. Amazon Smiles

  5. Start a FB fundraiser for PhilDev

  6. Get your company to match your donation!

Once again, thank you for your support!
Every bit helps as PhilDev works to eradicate poverty in the Philippines and enable success of all Filipinos.

Thank you for helping to make this year's Gatsby Ball such an incredible evening!