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2016 Norma Satten Award Celebration

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Join us for an evening of entertainment, drinks and hors d'oevre to honor Patrick Arbore with the Norma Satten Community Service innovation Award at the Marine's Memorial Club in San Francisco on September 22, 2016 from 5:30pm - 8:00pm.

Location Details

Celebrate with us at the Marine's Memorial Club & Hotel at 609 Sutter Street in San Francisco.

Map showing 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco

Discounted event parking is available at the Olympic Club Garage just a little way down the block. Tthe closest MUNI buslines are the 5, 5R, 7X, 7, 7R, 38 and 38R.

A Little About Patrick Arbore

Social isolation is a risk factor, connection is a protective factor. Connections are what bind us to life.” - Dr. Patrick Arbore

Patrick Arbore, 2016 Norma Satten Award HonoreeDr. Patrick Arbore is the Founder and Director of the Institute on Aging’s Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief Related Services, as well as the Friendship Line, which engages hundreds of volunteers to cheer up homebound seniors. Friendship Line volunteers say Patrick has inspired them with his contagious love for older adults. “He’s incredibly calm, incredibly compassionate and his work demonstrates the power in just listening”. Many just know him as the cheerful song leader on the Cable Car Caroling that he started in 1984, engaging hundreds of community members to cheer up homebound seniors.

Patrick began his career in the field of aging in 1973. He is particularly proud of his work planning and presenting at the first Suicide Prevention and the LGBT Community Conference sponsored by San Francisco Suicide Prevention in the 1980s. He is an author and a senior lecturer at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont; a part-time lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare; and an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Wright Institute.

He has received numerous awards, including the American Society of Aging’s 1998 ASA Award, 2002 Gloria H. Cavanaugh Award for excellence in teaching and education (which he happily shared with Vicki Schmall), and 2013 Mental Health and Aging Award. Patrick was also a Silver Medalist for the 2015 Jefferson Awards.

A Little About the Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award

Norma SattenNorma gave her wisdom and generosity for more than 40 years to protect the rights of seniors and people with disabilities. She was an innovator who worked tirelessly to improve services in San Francisco.

Every year we honor a local leader with the Norma Satten Community Service Innovation Award. This year, we are pleased to honor Patrick Arbore, a long-time leader in providing training and support to combat social isolation and build community connections.

Past honorees include other remarkable leaders, Libby Denebeim (2012), Anni Chung (2013), Hadley Dale Hall (2014), and Anne Hinton (2015).

Event Sponsors (Partial List)

Event Underwriter

  • Kaiser Permanente

Legacy Sponsors

  • Institute on Aging
  • The Satten Family
  • Comcast
  • The Denebeim Family

Community Leaders

  • Meals On Wheels San Francisco
  • On Lok / 30th Street Senior Center
  • Saint Francis Memorial Hospital/Dignity Health
  • San Francisco IHSS Public Authority
  • Bethany Center Senior Housing
  • Catholic Charities
  • Curry Senior Center
  • Valerie Gardner & Jonathan Tiemann


  • The Jobling-Fazio Family
  • Elinore & Larry Lurie
  • Jeannee & Mike Martin
  • Robert Newbold & Tiago M Pinto
  • Older Women's League, San Francisco
  • Susan Poor
  • RTZ Associates
  • San Francisco Village
  • Susan, Perry, Julia & Ian Simon
  • UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare
  • AgeSong
  • Anonymous
  • Margaret Baran
  • Cayuga Community Connectors
  • Adele Corvin
  • Vince & Sylvia Courtney
  • Family Caregiver Alliance
  • Hadley Dale Hall & L. Warde Laidman
  • Homebridge
  • Independent Living Resource Center, San Francisco


  • The Hearing and Speech Center
    of Northern California
  • Anne Hinton
  • Judith M. Lewis
  • Kate Kuckro
  • Linda Murley
  • National Council of Jewish Women SF
  • Anthony Nicco
  • Rebuilding Together San Francisco
  • Senior and Disability Action
  • SteppingStone
  • St. Francis Square Cooperative
  • Robert Trevorrow
  • Mary S. Twomey
  • DDr. Donald Abrams & Clint Werner
  • Dr. Marcy Adelman
  • Dr. Patrick Arbore
  • Judy & Fred Auda
  • Duff Axsom
  • Mariclare Ballard, in memory of Jim Ballard
  • Nancy & James Brundy
  • Compassionate Community Care
  • Ruth Craig
  • Ramona Davies
  • Episcopal Senior Communities- Senior Resources
  • Felton/Family Service Agency of San Francisco
  • Charlene Harrington
  • Bill Haskell