26TH ANNUAL

Veterans Day
Concert & Reception

Wednesday, November 9, 2022
5:30PM to 8:00PM

Edwin M. Lee Apartments
1150 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94158

Ron Perez
2022 Community Hero

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About The Event

Swords to Plowshares will celebrate Veterans Day in person with our loyal and generous supporters again this year! We invite our top sponsors and guests to join us for music, food, wine, and festivities. This reception will be held at our beautiful housing site in Mission Bay which offers a lovely open-air gathering space adjacent to our gorgeous courtyard.

Watch last year's recap below.

Our Awards

Profiles of Courage Award

With this year’s Profiles of Courage Award, we will recognize Swords to Plowshares’ staff who were former clients. We are an anchor agency in the community that provides tailored services to assist veterans who are experiencing homelessness and poverty using the vets-helping-vets approach. Veterans with lived experience can tell an important story, providing insights and helping hands to other veterans that no other perspective can provide. Several former clients who once sought out services themselves are now committing themselves to effectively supporting other veterans. We will recognize and celebrate this special group of dedicated staff.

Community Hero Award

We will honor our recently retired colleague and Vietnam-era veteran, Ron Perez, with a Community Hero Award, for his years of dedication to the Community of Veterans Engaged in Restoration (COVER) Project. He faithfully served incarcerated veterans in San Francisco since the inception of the program, and his work was instrumental in establishing the San Francisco Veterans Justice Court.

Pro Bono Partner of the Year Award

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and affiliates strongly encourages its lawyers, summer associates, and professional staff to work on pro bono matters for individuals and groups that are unable to afford legal services. Skadden employees contributed more than 180,000 hours of pro bono work in 2021. Deeply ingrained in the firm's culture, pro bono work provides vital help to a wide variety of individuals and organizations in need of legal assistance.  

Skadden provides various opportunities for our attorneys, summer associates and professional staff to take on veteran-related pro bono assignments and volunteer opportunities. Our pro bono work includes advising veterans on Department of Veterans Affairs benefit claims and discharge upgrades, as well as supporting non-profits that benefit veterans and their families. Since inception in August 2016, attorneys have assisted nearly 400 veterans through the Military Mondays clinic. At the monthly clinic, volunteers from Skadden and several corporations assist veterans at the Manhattan VA Hospital with issues relating to Social Security Disability applications, housing concerns, child support, and life planning. In 2021 alone, our attorneys devoted more than 1,500 hours on veterans work.

The Skadden Foundation has funded three Skadden Fellows over the previous ten years at Swords to Plowshares. These fellows helped develop medical-legal partnerships and advocate for some of the most vulnerable veterans including those who experienced Military Sexual Trauma while in service. Since 2017, nearly 30 volunteers from Skadden dedicated more than 1,000 hours to Swords' Veterans Pro Bono Program by taking on seven research projects and staffing five legal clinics. Notably, Skadden summer associates participated in a research project on issues around racial discrimination in the military. Skadden volunteers also supported Swords' larger policy efforts focused on discovering mechanisms for state-funded financial support for low-income veterans.

Musical Performances

The mini-concert will feature mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich and our beloved friend and pianist Paul Schrage, performing selections from the Great American Songbook.

We are delighted to welcome back pianist and California National Guard veteran Paul Schrage. Amongst his extensive conducting and soloist portfolios, Mr. Schrage is Music Director of Symphonia Caritas and the Midsummer Mozart Festival. During his time in the National Guard, he was activated twice and served 3 years on active duty.

Accompanying Mr. Schrage is mezzo-soprano Kindra Scharich. A dedicated recitalist, Ms. Scharich has performed over 250 art songs in 13 languages and given solo recitals at the American Composer's Forum, the Wagner Society, Lieder Alive, The La Jolla Athenaeum, and the acclaimed Sala Cecília Meireles in Rio de Janeiro.

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