I felt pretty lucky last Thursday night. I’m a car guy and have been for as long as I can remember. So as I walked along Kearny Street in San Francisco and saw spotlights cutting into the evening sky and a police barricade protecting the parking lane, I was awed to find dozens of incredible Ferraris displayed in gleaming glory outside the Hilton Financial District hotel.
Talk about awesome. I got to wander among the cars and admire the intricate details of these Prancing Horses. Better yet I was able to listen in as owners talked about their cars’ legacies, and the adventures they’d enjoyed behind the wheels of these powerful machines.
What I’d stumbled upon was the annual charity evening for San Francisco FOG: the Ferrari Owners Group. This non-profit focuses on fundraising for worthy organizations including Blue Planet Network (global water and sanitation projects) and Make A Wish Foundation (making dreams happen for kids with life-threatening medical conditions). Each year they gather to generate support, and donations, for causes like these – and to rev their engines in their annual rally, which attracts dozens of Ferrari owners for an epic road trip.
Some people travel for hours to see collections of performance and classic cars. They pay huge admission fees to revel in big gatherings like the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, or even local meetups like SF’s monthly Cars and Coffee (exotic cars with a view of the city from Treasure Island? Who wouldn’t love that?). Shoutout to Cars and Coffee, by the way, for using their event to help support causes like Gum Moon Women’s Residence.
Most people can’t count on the serendipity of having an event like the FOG Rally in their home town, or even making it to the Concours or Treasure Island. But wouldn’t people, whether they’re fans like me or any admirer of design and innovation, enjoy seeing events like the FOG rally? I’m excited for a time when gatherings like these are more available and accessible to people everywhere – and where extended communities can join in, and add their support, to the great things organizations like FOG provide.
Photos below from the FOG event and Cars and Coffee – thank you!
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