REDF Benefit September 18th in San Francisco is premier showcase of social enterprise

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 4, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (September 4, 2013) – The annual REDF benefit at the legendary Warfield Theatre in San Francisco on September 18th will bring together the REDF Board of Directors, supporters and critical stakeholders in the social enterprise movement, in order to raise funds that will help transform lives and communities. Patrick Carroll, who spent decades in prison and found fulltime employment with the help of one of REDF’s investments, is being honored at the event. His story is a wonderful testament to REDF’s mission of funding job creation and employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to work by investing in social enterprises. This inspiring evening includes an exclusive private performance by an iconic rock band, preceded by cocktails at 6:00 PM and a seated dinner at 7:00 PM. Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased online at http://www.redf.org/benefit/

Since their founding in San Francisco in 1997, REDF has directly supported more than 50 social enterprises in California that have employed thousands of individuals and earned more than $137 million in revenue. While they continue to invest in their home state, REDF is now building a national network of social enterprises and partners from philanthropy, business, and government to provide leadership, innovation and, most importantly, impact to communities all across the country. No longer just a Bay Area or even California phenomenon, REDF is now taking the scalable, sustainable solution it pioneered so that hundreds of thousands of Americans who can and want to work but remain unemployed – like young people who’ve dropped out of school, people who’ve been in prison or homeless and those who live with mental health disabilities – will one day have that opportunity.

“At REDF we believe the opportunity to work should be available to everyone, everywhere. We know the power jobs can have in transforming lives and communities.” Carla Javits, REDF President.

REDF’s signature annual event is the premier showcase of the power of social enterprise to transform lives and communities. This year’s benefit builds on the tremendous momentum of REDF’s sold-out 15th Anniversary celebration last fall, which raised more than $1 million. Attendees at this year’s event will experience a movement that is transforming the way young people and adults who are shut out of the workforce can thrive and contribute to this nation’s recovery.

For further information about REDF donations, sponsorships and tickets, please contact Mette Andersen at 415-442-5182 or mandersen@redf.org.

About REDF

REDF creates jobs and employment opportunities for people facing the greatest barriers to work – like young people who’ve dropped out of school, people who’ve been homeless or in prison, and people with mental health disabilities. Founded in 1997 by George R. Roberts (KKR), REDF provides funding and business expertise to mission-based organizations in California to launch and grow social enterprises, which are businesses with a “double bottom line” that make money in order to employ people. REDF has helped thousands of people in California get jobs and find hope. For more information, visit http://www.redf.org/