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The San Francisco Symphony prepares for its centennial season

Elixir is excited to be working with the San Francisco Symphony to develop invi­ta­tions and event mate­rials for its Centennial Opening Night Gala on September 7, 2011. The dinner and con­cert — Fanfare for a New Century inau­gu­rate the Symphony’s cen­ten­nial season.

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Celebrating the Great Outdoors encore

The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) held its annual East Coast fundraising event in Greenwich, Connecticut on September 25, 2010. Celebrating the Great Outdoors is the third NFWF fundraiser Elixir has worked on, having devel­oped mate­rials for both the 2009 and 2010 suc­cessful West Coast fundraising events in San Francisco.

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Some news that’s fit for Print

We’re pleased that our work has been selected for PRINT’s 2010 Regional Design Annual, a com­pre­hen­sive survey of graphic design in the United States. Three of our recent projects will be included in the December 2010 issue along­side other win­ning entries.

Greenwood School, a Waldorf-inspired pre-kindergarten through 8th grade based in Mill Valley, CA, worked with Elixir to develop a mar­keting strategy, brochure and admis­sions kit.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf — A set of tins was part of a com­pre­hen­sive brand visual lan­guage that Elixir devel­oped for the coffee retailer’s ’09 hol­iday promotion.

The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation 2009 Fundraiser — Elixir designed the invi­ta­tion and col­lat­eral for the event hon­oring Julie Packard, Executive Director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

A soaring success for Fish & Wildlife

For the second year in a row, Washington DC-based National Fish & Wildlife Foundation retained Elixir to design an invi­ta­tion, event mark and event col­lat­eral for its Bay Area fundraiser. Orchestrated by Stanlee Gatti, the event was held at Crissy Field on March 23rd. Falcon pho­tog­raphy was gen­er­ously donated by Andrew Zuckerman.

NFWF was estab­lished by Congress in 1984 to pre­serve and restore our nation’s native wildlife species and habi­tats. The Foundation directs public con­ser­va­tion dol­lars to the most pressing envi­ron­mental needs and matches those funds with pri­vate con­tri­bu­tions. Since its incep­tion, NFWF has awarded over 10,800 grants to more than 3,700 orga­ni­za­tions in the US and abroad and lever­aged — with its part­ners — more than $635 mil­lion into over $1.5 bil­lion for conservation.

Pictured above (l to r): Invitation, Escort Cards, Auction Paddle, Program. Event pho­tographs cour­tesy of Orange Photography.

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Poverty has met its match

Please join us at Tipping Point Community’s 2010 Benefit After Party at the Warfield on Thursday, May 6 at 8:30 p.m. Special Performances by DJ Ruckus and six-time Grammy Award winner John Legend. The $75 ticket includes an open bar and can be pur­chased here. 100% of pro­ceeds will go directly to the best poverty fighting pro­grams in the Bay Area.

Elixir was hon­ored to design the invi­ta­tion and event col­lat­eral for this year’s ben­efit. The over­size match­book design includes rel­e­vant event infor­ma­tion and a tem­po­rary tattoo.

Keeping Score with the San Francisco Symphony


Elixir is hon­ored to be working with the San Francisco Symphony on an invi­ta­tion to their sneak pre­view of Keeping Score: Season 2. Keeping Score is the San Francisco Symphony’s national project to make clas­sical music more acces­sible and mean­ingful to people of all ages and musical back­grounds, and a key com­po­nent of its almost century-long his­tory of music education.

More than five mil­lion viewers tuned into the first season of Keeping Score on PBS in November 2006 with doc­u­men­taries on Ludwig van Beethoven, Igor Stravinsky, and Aaron Copland. Season 2 fea­tures three new pro­grams that explore the music and sto­ries behind Hector Berlioz’s sym­phonic love letter Symphonie fan­tas­tique; Charles Ives’s sonic por­trait of New England in his Holidays Symphony; and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, a work that may ulti­mately have saved his life.

The San Francisco Symphony and Michael Tilson Thomas pre­miere the second season of the Keeping Score tele­vi­sion series on PBS on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 10 p.m. (check local list­ings). Click here to watch the trailer. The pro­grams work in tandem with an inter­ac­tive web­site, www.keepingscore.org, a national radio series, and a national model edu­ca­tion pro­gram for K-12 teachers that helps them inte­grate clas­sical music into core subjects.

Third annual Tipping Point Benefit exceed$ highest hope$

The May 7 Tipping Point Benefit was a stellar suc­cess by all accounts — finan­cial as well as social. Despite the eco­nomic down­beat, the upscale event was over­sold — and funds raised were over-the-top. Daniel Lurie, Tipping Point Founder & President, acknowl­edged, “We were shooting for $2 mil­lion. We didn’t think we could get to $3, but we did!” Elixir is hon­ored to have upped the pre-party buzz by designing the invi­ta­tion. Daniel Lurie made us smile when he told us, “We had many people say it was the best invi­ta­tion they’d ever received.” Lurie and the board fund 100% of oper­ating expenses, so that every penny donated goes directly to one of the Bay Area char­i­ties vetted {and coached} by the Tipping Point. To learn more about what they do and how they do it, watch this.

Invitation and event collateral: auction preview, program, pledge & table cards.

Invitation; event col­lat­eral: auc­tion pre­view, pro­gram, pledge + table cards.

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Stage of Enlightenment

Elixir was delighted to design the save-the-date and invi­ta­tion for Made in the Shade, Gump’s first-ever ben­efit for the arts. The event will sup­port a newly endowed schol­ar­ship to the California College of the Arts. An array of artists, designers, and celebs have cre­ated one-of-a-kind lamp­shades that models will sport on the cat­walk. Fashionable former mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. will emcee.

The save-the-date was an op arti­fact, a translu­cent black sleeve with lamp­shade sil­hou­ette, whose pat­tern changed as the “light” came on and the infor­ma­tion card came out. Note for non-locals: The name Made in the Shade is a triple entendre, because Gump’s southern façade is on Maiden Lane.

When: 6 – 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Where: Gump’s at 135 Post Street, San Francisco
To pur­chase tickets or find out more, please visit http://gumps.com/text/content/Shade/shade.html

Overview indeed

Since 1853, the California Academy of Sciences has been ded­i­cated to exploring, explaining, and pro­tecting the nat­ural world. Prompted by damage sus­tained in the Loma Prieta earth­quake of 1989, the Academy selected Pritzker Prize-winning archi­tect Renzo Piano to redesign the facility. Construction began in 2005 on the largest cul­tural ren­o­va­tion project in San Francisco’s his­tory, uniting the plan­e­tarium, aquarium, and nat­ural his­tory museum under one “living roof.” To herald the reopening on September 27, 2008 in Golden Gate Park, the Academy planned an opening gala – The Big Bang – to ben­efit edu­ca­tion pro­grams, and two din­ners to honor the leaders and phil­an­thropists whose vision and gen­erosity had made the new building a reality. Elixir’s designs for the three events rein­forced the new Academy brand and invited recip­i­ents to come closer, asking “How did we get here? How can we stay?”

Invitations were printed with soy inks on 100% recy­clable mate­rials, including Nori sea­weed, 100% recy­cled chip­board, reused pages from Scientific American mag­a­zines, and alu­minum foil. Aerial image by Travis Pynn. Photographs of the invi­ta­tions to come. For more infor­ma­tion about the opening of the new Academy, go to http://calacademy.org/visit/.