On Sunday, January 28, MAX held a special afternoon reception for our MAX Founders group: those men who have contributed both money and energy in the past 18 months to help get the new MAX restarted. Over 120 people attended this special event, which was held at the new private gay men’s club The Academy.
Enjoying wines donated by Wente Vineyards and one-of-a-kind appetizers created by private chef Shane Meistrich and Canela SF, our guests enjoyed an afternoon of animated conversation and fun. The new Academy SF space – the brainchild of its owner/manager Nate Bourg and business partner Paul Miller – emulates a sophisticated urban living room, providing a perfect reference to our past, as MAX was started in the living room of one of our founding members.
The afternoon was highlighted by an impassioned presentation by Phil Walker as to the importance of MAX and its role in bettering the social lives of gay men in San Francisco. “The gift MAX has given us all — for the past decades and right until today — is a place for all of us to call ‘home’, with connections and community that make our lives better and richer with each passing year," he said.
“I was involved in the ‘old MAX’ years ago and met many of the friends I have today at MAX events. I have to say that I think the ‘new MAX’ is becoming something like ten times what the ‘old MAX’ was due to some great leadership and new member participation,” said MAX member Barry Cardoza.
Special thanks go to the following event sponsors and supporters:
The Academy SF
Chef Shane Thomas
MAX member Andrew Freeman, AF&Co.com
- Stuart McFaul