St. Anthony's 45th Annual Penny Pitch
MAY 12, 2023
Thank you all for making St. Anthony's 45th Annual Penny Pitch a Huge Success!
Congratulations to the Tarnished team for taking home the first-place Ed Moose Memorial trophy!
It was standing-room only for the majority of the 300-plus attendees to the 45th Annual Penny Pitch fundraising event on May 12 at Chief Sullivan’s in North Beach. St. Anthony Foundation, committed to providing pathways to stability and renewal for thousands of San Franciscans in need annually, hosted the event to raise funds in order to support the foundation’s full offering of services, including the Dining Room, Free Clothing Program, Resource Center, Hygiene Hub, Medical Clinic, and Technology Lab, among several others. Preliminary estimates indicate this year’s event raised approximately $125k for St. Anthony’s, providing essential and life-changing services to people in need.
“Hopefully, the result is not only that we will raise more than $100k, but it’s also building community and just having a really fun day.” —Nils Behnke, CEO of St. Anthony’s, in an interview with KPIX/CBS Bay Area
Forty-four teams competed for the Ed Moose Memorial trophy taking part in the renowned bar game in a tournament-style bracket. Each team, consisting of six participants, pitch pennies in assigned lanes with a team advancing who has the penny closest to the back wall. The Tarnished, captained by Matthew Goudeau, won the Ed Moose Memorial trophy edging out Pitches Be Crazy from Salesforce. The Tarnished lost in the main bracket and came back through the Losers’ bracket (via cornhole) to win the tournament.
Additional awards were handed out as well – Team Spirit went to Pitch Don’t Kill My Vibe (Salesforce), Best Costume to the San Francisco Giants team, and Best Team Name to Pitch Better Have My Penny from Bi-Rite Food Distributors. Raffle prizes were also given to attendees, which included San Francisco Giants tickets, sports memorabilia package, Club Fugazi tickets, SFMOMA tickets, and various restaurant vouchers and wine.
Thank you to all of you who were able to come out and support this year’s event, including San Francisco Fire Chief Jeanine Nicholson, Assistant Deputy Chief Erica Arteseros, former fire chief Joanne Hayes-White, former police chief Greg Suhr, Supervisor Dean Preston, Supervisor Aaron Peskin, and Supervisor Ahsha Safai, our incredible participating teams, our tremendous staff, our awesome co-chairs Meagan Levitan and Dale Carlson, our fabulous emcee Paul Tonelli from 107.7 the BONE.
Finally, thank you to KGO-TV/ABC7 Bay Area, KPIX/CBS Bay Area, and KCBS for covering our event.
SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR!
PENNY PITCH’S RICH HISTORY
Started in 1977 by legendary restaurateur Ed Moose as a friendly wager between two watering holes, Penny Pitch has become a cherished San Francisco tradition supporting St. Anthony’s mission to feed, heal, shelter, clothe, and lift the spirits of people experiencing homelessness and poverty in San Francisco.
Like bocce ball with coins, Penny Pitch is a friendly contest that brings together local business owners, corporate partners, government officials, Franciscan Friars, athletes, and San Francisco personalities of all kinds. Much like the NCAA’s March Madness, Penny Pitch features teams of six competing in a single elimination bracket-style tournament. Back by popular demand, “Last Chance Pitch-In,” where a losing team can earn a spot back in before the finals. The Penny Pitch Champion will earn themselves the coveted Ed Moose Trophy and bragging rights for the year!
Legendary “Pitchers” from the past include Metallica, SF Giants Tim Lincecum and Andres Torres, SF 49ers Guy McIntyre, Keena Turner and more.
2023 PENNY PITCH COMMITTEE
Meagan Levitan and Dale Carlson, Co-Chairs
Joanne Hayes White
PHOTOS FROM 2023 PENNY PITCH
Click the above photos to see pictures from this year. To view all photos, click here. To view all photos from the past few years, click here.
ABOUT ST. ANTHONY'S
Founded in 1950, St. Anthony's is the most comprehensive safety net service center in San Francisco. Every day, we provide food, clothing, healthcare, access to technology, job training, and other critical resources to San Franciscans in need. Everyone who comes through our doors joins the St. Anthony's family and helps us create a future where all people flourish. Learn more at stanthonysf.org.