Saturday, October 18, 6:00pm  | Courthouse Square | Redwood City

Join Us to Celebrate
20 Years of Opportunity

Taste of Microfinance Reception & Celebration Dinner


An event you do not want to miss

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Please join us for 20 Years of Opportunity, a celebration of the doors that open when we say “yes” to someone’s dream of opportunity.  Together, we will celebrate 20 years of investments in economic mobility by Opportunity Fund in the Bay Area and beyond.  This event will help us raise much needed funds to support entrepreneurs and students as we honor many of the Silicon Valley giants who have given their time, talent and treasure to help more than 15,000 people advance their own economic well-being over the past two decades.

You will have the chance to “taste” the impact of microfinance as Opportunity Funded gourmet food trucks line up along Broadway Street, showcasing the many flavors and talents of Silicon Valley’s hottest business ventures on wheels.

Guests will then enjoy a special meal prepared by acclaimed local chef Rebecca Alonzi of
Rebecca Jean Catering during a sit-down dinner under a clear big-top tent on Courthouse Square.

Individual Tickets $250
Includes 'Taste of Microfinance' Cocktail Reception and Celebration Dinner.

Cocktail Tickets $75.
For more event information and sponsorship, please contact Brynne Speizer by phone: 408-516-4704 or email:


Courthouse Square
2200 Broadway St
Redwood City, CA

Saturday, October 18
6:00 - 10:00pm

6:00 - 7:30pm

Cocktail Reception
Sponsored by Citi
Featuring Opportunity Funded food trucks: 333 Truck,
Kuki's and  Adam's Grub Truck.

7:30 - 9:00pm

Celebration Dinner
Award Ceremony and
Sponsored by BBVA Compass

Three-course dinner prepared by Opportunity Fund client

and acclaimed local chef
Rebecca Alonzi

9:00 - 10:00pm

Dancing and desserts
CEO Eric Weaver will be jamming on the guitar with his bandmates before the DJ takes the stage.

Schedule of Events


Meet our honorees  by rolling over the images below.

The Leslie Award for Entrepreneurship

In recognition of Mark Leslie’s contribution to business and philanthropy.

Mark Leslie is a successful retired entrepreneur and an active member of the Silicon Valley community.  He was the founder, chairman, and CEO of Veritas Software, which he grew from 12 employees to 6,000, and to $1.5B in annual revenue during his tenure.  He is currently a Lecturer at Stanford Business School, where he teaches entrepreneurship, sales organizations, and ethics, as well as a board member and investor in a number of public and private high tech companies.  In addition, Mark serves on the Board of Trustees for the New York University.  He is also a member of Opportunity fund’s Leadership Council.

The Sand Hill Award for Education Achievement

In recognition of Susan Ford Dorsey’s commitment to supporting families and youth who are taking steps to improve their lives.

As President of the Sand Hill Foundation, Susan Ford Dorsey is a leader in philanthropic activities and community service.  She is dedicated to preserving our natural environment and improving the lives of local families.  Susan serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations including Menlo School where she is currently Chair, Palo Alto Medical Foundation and Monterey Bay Aquarium.  She sits on the National Council for Environmental Defense Fund and the Advisory Board for Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and Humanities and Sciences Council.  Her past board service has included Common Sense Media, Peninsula Open Space Trust and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.  Prior to Sand Hill Foundation, Susan was the founder and president of Health Innovations, a health care consulting firm specializing in business development, strategic planning , and marketing.

The Leslie Award for Entrepreneurship

Presented to Tina Ferguson-Riffe, owner of Smoke Berkeley, in recognition of her creativity, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and willingness to risk it all to build a meaningful, vital enterprise and drive economic activity in the community.

The Sand Hill Award for Education Achievement

Presented to college graduate Miriam Torres in recognition of her grit and determination in changing her trajectory, creating a path to a brighter future, and putting her skills to work to make a difference in the community.


For more event information and sponsorship, please contact Brynne Speizer by phone: 408-516-4704 or email:


20 Years of Opportunity Host Committee

Amy Gurley

Shelley Harrison, Launch Pad
Judy Heyboer, Judy Heyboer Consulting
Wendy Hocolmbe

Arthur Johnson, Andreessen Horowitz

Yun-Fang Juan, Fundastic

Sara Gaviser Leslie, In Other Words


Leadership Council

Greg Avis, Summit Partners

Bud Colligan, Accel Partners

Debra Engel

Mark Leslie, Leslie Ventures

Harrison Miller, Summit Partners

John A. Sobrato, Sr., The Sobrato Organization

Board of Directors

David R. Krimm, Chair

Gina Diaz, Oracle

Jeff Donnelly, Zeta Instruments

Amy Gurley

Susan Harper, Bank of America

Shelley Harrison, Launch Pad

Peter Hero, The Hero Group
Arthur Johnson, Andreessen Horowitz

Steven Kaufhold, Kaufhold Gaskin LLP

Jim Koshland,  DLA Piper US LLP

Sara Gaviser Leslie, In Other Words

Ash McNeely, Sand Hill Foundation & Pacific Foundation Services

Marc Rand, Marin Community Foundation

Yolanda Ruiz, Zignal Labs

Special thanks to our Sponsors


Bank of America | eBay | Husch Blackwell | JPMorgan Chase | Launch Pad
Beneficial State Bank | US Bank | Silicon Valley Community Foundation

A2Q2 | Boston Private Bank | EWCY Foundation | Heritage Bank of Commerce

Kaufhold Gaskin LLP | The Hero Group

And the Generous Support of

Ash McNeely & Elisa Odabashian

Jeff & Edita Donnelly | Amy & Bill Gurley | Jim & Cathy Koshland | Judy Heyboer

Wendy Holcombe & Carl Kawaja | Sara & Josh Leslie | Marc Rand & Scott Montgomery


Opportunity Fund is California's leading microfinance nonprofit organization. Our microfinance programs are supported by donors from the community whose contributions help to fund loans, provide savings accounts, and build stronger families and vibrant neighborhoods. Since 1995, Opportunity Fund has directed $68 million in microloans and microsavings to help over 9,000 local families.