F. Warren Hellman, Beloved Father, Husband, Brother; Private Equity Pioneer; Founder of San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
(1934 - 2011)

Yes, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival will go on! Next year's dates are October 5, 6, & 7, 2012

ATTN. HSB / Golden Gate Park Neighbors!

There is a commission hearing on Mon. Feb. 13 at 1pm at City Hall (Room 263) concerning land use in Golden Gate Park, with specific regard to music festivals. We encourage fans of HSB (especially Richmond District neighbors!) to come to the hearing and speak on our behalf. If you are unable to make it to the meeting, please email the following Supervisors with your opinions (and sign this petition) eric.l.mar@sfgov.org scott.wiener@sfgov.org malia.cohen@sfgov.org

Items are best kept brief and to the point. Here are some bullet point suggestions:

Subject: SF Board of Supervisors - Support Live Music in Golden Gate Park
-I live in SF (specify your neighborhood) and enjoy HSB.
-I feel that the positive effects of HSB far outweigh any impact to our neighborhood.
-The festival promoters are organized and responsible.
-(Cite any specific examples you may have.)
-We as a community enjoy this gift to our city and would like to see it continue for years to come.

Thank you for your continued support.

We are happy to announce that there will be a public celebration for Warren on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2012. Of course, this will be a FREE EVENT open to the public.
Save the date - location & details will be coming soon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the San Francisco Free Clinic (sffc.org), The Bay Citizen (baycitizen.org) and the San Francisco School Alliance (sfschoolalliance.org). Also, consider a donation of blood or platelets to your local blood bank. In San Francisco and the Bay Area, Blood Centers of the Pacific (bloodcenters.org) provides this gift of life to those in need.

There was a beautiful and moving memorial for Warren, including speeches from his friends, sister, children and grandchildren plus performances by Emmylou Harris and The Wronglers on Wednesday, December 21 at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco. View the entire service by clicking play in the video below.

"What does move me is the philanthropic stuff," he told Forbes magazine in 2006. "Giving really does move me. Part of it is selfish. It's fun to be appreciated. But the other part is that good things really are growing."

He called the bluegrass festival a "selfish gift," one that he, the musicians and the community could all enjoy.

"How could you have more fun than that?" he told Forbes. "What the hell is money for if it isn't for something like that?"

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