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Don’t miss out! We are thrilled to host keynote speaker Dr. Cheryl Holder, a national leader in climate health equity.
The event will also include Emerging Health Professional Awards, Music, and an Auction!

$100 General; $20 Community; $0 Students and Trainees


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We are honored and thrilled to host keynote speaker, Dr. Cheryl Holder!

Dr. Cheryl L. Holder, a graduate of Princeton University and George Washington University School of Medicine, a National Health Service Corp Scholar, Internist, and HIV Specialist served as Medical Director of one of Miami’s largest community health centers and on NIH and CDC health advisory and programmatic review panels. She dedicated her career to improving health of underserved populations.

In 2009, she joined Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine’ faculty, where she taught about the social determinants of health, diversity, and the health impact of climate change. She retired  December 31, 2022, as the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity and Community Initiatives.

Her leadership roles include organizations such as president of Florida State Medical Association, Founder and Co-Chair of Florida Clinicians for Climate Action and Co-chair of Miami Dade Heat Health Task Force. Her TED Talk “The link between climate change, health and poverty” has garnered over 300,000 views.

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THANK YOU to our generous institutional Gala Sponsors!

Learn more about our GALA SPONSORS’ outstanding work to improve climate, health, and equity!

SF Bay PSR is grateful to work with the outstanding sponsors below toward a just transition to healthier, all-electric buildings in the Bay Area.

What is Community Choice Energy?

Community choice energy programs are administered by local governments with a mission to provide competitive alternatives to for-profit, investor-owned utilities like PG&E. On top of providing cleaner power, Community Choice programs are a great way to accrue benefits locally — rather than to the shareholders of a monopoly, for-profit utility. Choosing a local power provider is an easy, economical way to reduce your home or business carbon footprint and help create a healthier environment. Check out their resources at the links below!

Bay Area Regional Energy Provider (BayREN), offers rebates, funding and technical assistance to help residents, property owners, business owners and local governments improve the resource-efficiency and carbon footprint of their buildings.

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makes upgrading your home to healthier, clean energy simple with free expert guidance, rebates, and vetted contractors.

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THANK YOU to our Community Ally Gala Sponsors!

We are honored to work with these community-led nonprofits. Please take a moment to read about their important climate and health equity projects.

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Ask your Institution to Sponsor!

Have your employer join UCSF, The Permanente Medical Group, UC Berkeley School of Public Health and others as an Institutional Sponsor of the Gala! Sponsors receive recognition among 4,000 plus health advocates and professionals. Maybe your employer, club, lawyer, or affiliated group would like to become a sponsor? We can help you make the ask!


Become an Individual Sponsor!

Join Drs. Gould, Kirsch, Williams, Ritterman, and their partners, as Individual Sponsors of our Gala! Be on the growing list of individual and institutional sponsors showing their support for the work of SF Bay PSR! Sponsorships range from $500 to $10,000 (or more) and include extra tickets to the event and recognition.


Donate to the Auction!

Make a donation or ask your employer or local business. Some examples include a sailboat ride on the bay, a weekend get-away at your vacation home, a bottle of fine wine, artwork, hiking gear, electric kitchen appliances, or gift certificates to restaurants, spas, etc. Email Libby Benedict at


Contact: Libby Benedict at

SF Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility’s Annual Gala will be on September 27, 2023, featuring Dr. Cheryl Holder, an inspiring speaker and advocate for comprehensive medical prevention and care strategies for underserved communities impacted by climate change.  There will also be Emerging Health Professional Awards and musical performances. The gala will support our efforts to mobilize more health professionals, engage more policy makers, and bring more urgency to address our climate crisis, the expanding threats of nuclear weapons, and growing racial and economic disparities.

As health professionals, we are acutely aware that individual health providers and institutions have a responsibility to not only care for our patients, but to also support health-protective public policies, particularly to protect vulnerable communities. A single policy change, such as improving air quality standards, can improve health inequities and save more lives than can any single physician or hospital.

The growing climate crisis represents the foremost challenge to human health we face. This is why our members’ white coats can be found front and center at regulatory agency meetings, advocating for the most protective policies for our climate and health.

Gala sponsors will gain valuable visibility among our 4,000 plus email recipients and another 1,000 plus health professionals and advocates via social media, in addition to spotlighting your institution for gala guests. A sponsorship would demonstrate your institution’s commitment to addressing the climate crisis and its related health inequities, and to protecting our patients and communities from environmental-related health harms.

SF Bay PSR combines the power of community activism with the knowledge and credibility of health professionals. We promote public policies that support our intertwined areas of concentration: environmental health with a special focus on the climate crisis and related environmental toxic degradation; nuclear weapons abolition and the end to the arms race; social and racial justice and the health burdens of vulnerable communities; and education and empowerment of the public and next generation of health professionals.

Thank you for considering our request to join SF Bay PSR’s Gala in September and to support our work.