Neil Young, hailed as one of rock ’ n’ roll’ s most influential artists and
philanthropists, headlined The Concert for UCSF Benioff Children’ s Hospital
on Wednesday, December 8, at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium in San
Francisco. Acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joanna
Newsom opened the show, while will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas DJ at the private after party following the concert. Special guest, General Colin Powell, was part of an award presentation before the concert began – and spoke about the importance of healthcare.
$100 million gift from San Francisco residents Marc and Lynne Benioff and funds raised through the concert ticket sales will help build a new home for UCSF Benioff Children’ s Hospital at Mission Bay, one of the nation’ s best children’ s medical facilities. The private gift is the largest donation ever made by the Benioffs and is the largest gift ever made to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
Marc Benioff is the co-founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Salesforce.com; and Lynne serves on the UCSF Foundation Board.
Located at UCSF’ s Mission Bay campus near downtown San Francisco, the new UCSF Benioff Children’ s Hospital at Mission Bay will be part of a 289-bed integrated hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients. Upon completion in 2014, the 183-bed children’ s hospital will set a new world-class standard for patient- and family-centered health care, safety, sustainability and translational medicine. A garden for families is being designed at the new hospital in honor of General Powell’ s family.
CSF Benioff Children's Hospital has been ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals in eight pediatric specialties, making it one of the top-ranked facilities in California, according to the new 2010–11 "America's Best Children's Hospitals" survey conducted by U.S. News & World Report.