BJ Novak
Chris Martin





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Chris Martin

We can hardly believe it either. As the front man for Coldplay, Chris Martin has taken home over 60 awards including 7 Grammys. One of the world’s best-selling artists, Martin often directs his considerable talents for philanthropic good. So, YES, the lead singer of the “the biggest, best band in the world” went from headlining the half time show at Super Bowl 50 to Notes & Words at the Fox. Talk about a thrill!

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Stone Foxes

Described as “an experience to dive into, get wild with, to sweat with,” The Stone Foxes will have us on our collective feet as they command the stage with their dynamic passion. With 4 studio albums under their belts and a run as the opening act for the Black Keys, their big sound includes wailing guitars, keyboards, organs, drums, harmonica and violins. Pandora calls them “Garage Band Gold, the sound of a band hitting their stride”. Our bet? In two years, you’ll be bragging that you saw them before they went global.


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BJ Novak

Witty and wise, BJ Novak brings considerable gifts to our stage. Novak is an actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. He is also the New York Times best-selling author of One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories and #1 bestselling children’s book, The Book With No Pictures. Multi-tasker Novak may be best known as the force behind The Office. In addition to a stint on the small screen with Kelly Corrigan, BJ will be back on the big screen later this year, starring alongside Michael Keaton in The Founder.

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Dave Eggers

His list of literary and humanitarian awards would keep you scrolling down this website for ages. Dave Eggers is a novelist, screenwriter, founder of 826 Valencia and McSweeney’s publishing. Eggers shot onto the literary scene with his memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and followed up with acclaimed titles like What Is The What, Zeitoun, and Hologram for the King. He seems to move effortlessly from fiction to non-fiction, page to screen. Between his writing and his non-profit work, it’s no surprise that Eggers was named one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World”.

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Kelly Corrigan

You know her as the creative force behind Notes & Words and you love her for her clever, insightful best-selling memoirs The Middle Place, Lift and Glitter and Glue. Her books deeply resonate with readers with their delicate weave of humor and heartache. When Kelly isn’t traversing the country on book tours, securing big name talent for Notes & Words or puzzling over the wonders of teenage daughters, you can find her in the neonatal intensive care unit holding preemie infants.



PERFORMERS Chris Martin, The Stone Foxes, & Oakland School of the Arts



Back in 1912, Alameda County nurse Bertha Wright, social worker Mabel Weed, and a group of similarly civic–minded women founded the "Baby Hospital" that we know today as UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. They believed that every child – regardless of race, gender, or financial circumstance – deserved quality healthcare.

The practice of medicine has changed dramatically from when we first opened our doors, with remarkable advances in technology and improved delivery of healthcare services. Yet the moral and philosophical grounding of the founders' mission has remained the same for every member of the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland team ever since.

We look forward to continued success, but we know we can't do it alone. To help us provide a better future for children in the community and all over the world, we need people just like you.


  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Oakland is one of only five American College of Surgeons Pediatric Level 1 trauma centers.
  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals are ranked among the nation's best children's hospitals in nine pediatric specialties.
  • More than 3,500 doctors, nurses, researchers and other dedicated staff care for over 75,000 patients each year at the Oakland campus.
  • Our patients reflect the diversity of California: last year, we provided translation services to families in more than 55 languages.
  • We are committed to providing the highest quality of care to all children, regardless of a family's ability to pay.


PLATINUM SPONSOR Nancy Rothman and Lou Lavigne

IDOL SPONSORS Signature Development Group / Rebecca and Mike Ghielmetti, Melinda and Rick Reed

LEGEND SPONSORS Lynne and Marc Benioff, LIATIS Foundation / Linda Borick and Bill Davidson, Jen and Abe Friedman, Samantha and Marc Furstein, Jitterbit, Khosla Ventures, Pacific Union Real Estate, Mary O'Neal / Earthworks, Renee Robin and Dr. Scott McCreary, Rogers Family Foundation,, Cresco Equipment Rental / Kristina and Chris Smith, Camilla and Shahan Soghikian, Carrie Wheeler and Kit Codik, Melissa Williams

ROCKSTAR SPONSORS Beth and Jamie Barrett, Kara and Eric Baysinger / Dentons, BioMarin, Mindy and Bill Bush, Susan and Jim Cavalieri, Sheila and Robert Challey, Laura and Thomas Clydesdale, Kelly Corrigan and Edward Lichty, Laura and John Fisher, Dana and Todd Green, Wendy Hayward and Richard Wendling, Melissa and Sameer Hilal, Tracey and Rob Hirt, Jetton Construction, Kim and Bob Lally, ARIA Technologies / Paula and Joe McGuinness, Laura and Brian Millham, Karen and Tom Mulvaney, Bansi Nagji, Laura and Gregg Perloff, Jen and Chad Rego, Sandy and Jack Ripsteen, The Settlemier Family, Elisa and Marc Stad, Brynne and David Staley, Stice & Block LLP, Mindy and Dr. Peter Sun, Karen and Walter Sweet, Cathy and Mark VandenBerghe, Jennifer and Mark Wayland, Katherine Welch

*UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals Foundation recognizes the contributions made in the spirit of Notes & Words by donors in the amount of $10k or more to UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and the Foundation, as well as donors at these levels to Alameda County Health Care Services Agency in support of pediatric safety net services. We thank and appreciate all contributors at every level who have supported pediatric health care services across the Bay Area.