FOGG Alert – April 19, 2014

April 19th, 2014

Update on Robert Vergara

Here is an update on anchor tennis/swim deskman Robert Vergara’s medical situation. As we previously mentioned, he is battling Metastasized Papillary Thyroid Cancer.

First, FOGG wants to thank so many of our supporters who have provided financial and personal assistance to Robert. We know it has been received with deep and sincere appreciation by Robert.

Robert wants you to know that while a bit frightened what the future may bring he said that “I am proud to be a member of the Gateway family, and that this place is a beacon of love, compassion and strength, and how lucky I am to be part of that.”

Robert undergoes surgery on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at SF General Hospital. He will be hospitalized for a week, and then undergo post-surgery treatment with radiated iodine. He will be away from the Club through the summer.

You can still offer assistance by donating to his website:

Robert also has a “Blog”, where he can share his thoughts and feelings with you, and a “Help” button that features a calendar that you can click on to assist Robert with rides to and from doctor appointments, food, company, or anything else you want to offer.

You can read his blog at this link:  Blog

We know you all join with FOGG in wishing Robert a speedy and complete recovery.

FOGG Open Letter – April 15, 2014

April 15th, 2014

CORRECTION – Summer Kids Camps 2014 – Donations – Update #2

We made a misstatement in our April 11, 2014 Open Letter.

Your donations made in 2014 cannot be deducted from your 2013 tax return.

 Only donations made before December 31, 2013 are deductible this year.  All tax deductible donations made this year will be allowed in 2014.

FOGG apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

We still need tax deductible Scholarship donations for this Summers Kids Camps, and look forward to your financial support.

Donations may be on this website.  Please click on the ‘Donate to 2014 Kids Summer Camp’ yellow button on the right side of the website.

You may also mail your donations to Friends of Golden Gateway, P. O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA, 94126.   Please make checks payable to PDF/FOGG and write “Scholarship Fund” on the memo line.

As always, we appreciate hearing back from all of our supporters.  We have heard from so many of you from our beginning in August 2003.  We thank you for your continuing help.

FOGG Open Letter – April 11, 2014

April 11th, 2014

Summer Kids Camps 2014 – Scholarship Program Donations – Update #2

FOGG wants to give a warm and sincere thank you to all who have already made a donation this year.

With your continuing financial support, FOGG is now in our fourth year helping kids from low income housing attend the Bay Club at the Gateway’s Summer Kids Camps Program.  The weekly Program runs from early June to Labor Day.  Thanks again for all you have done!

The tax return filing deadline is upon us.  Those who have donated this year have already been able to take a tax deduction on your donation to the Summer Kids Camps Scholarship Program.

There is still time to make a tax deductible donation for this tax year!

We are going to need more help from our friends and supporters to allow us to send a good number of kids to this summer’s Kids Camps.

FOGG is working with a number of community organizations representing low income housing, who are excited about the possibly that some of their kids will enjoy a real fun summer experience.  However, unless we can raise the necessary funds, many will be left out.

Donations may be made online at his website.  Click on the ‘Donate to 2014 Kids Summer Camp’ yellow button on the right side of the website.

You may also mail your donations to Friends of Golden Gateway, P. O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA, 94126.   Please make checks payable to PDF/FOGG and write “Scholarship Fund” on the memo line.

We ask that those who haven’t as yet made a contribution to FOGG’s Kids Camps Scholarship Program, to do so now.   For every two $500 Scholarships FOGG can provide, the Club will provide another.  It is a win/win opportunity.  The kids win, and you win.

Let’s continue building the momentum and have a great Kids Camp 2014!

FOGG Alert – April 3, 2014

April 4th, 2014

Robert Vergara Needs Our Help!!

Robert is facing a medical crisis:  Metastasized Papillary Thyroid Cancer.

Robert is the guy that greets us most mornings when we check in at the Club Tennis and Swim Desk.

He is always smiling and takes care of whatever you need.  He does his work so well that you may not even notice him as you rush off to your daily activities at the Club.

He is only 33 years old.

While Robert has medical insurance, there will be many additional medical and living costs that Robert will incur.

FOGG has been advised of a proper way to send donations to Robert.

Please visit this website to donate to Robert:  Help Robert Survive Cancer

FOGG is providing Robert’s friends and supporters with this website as a community service.  FOGG bears no responsibility as to the use of the website, and the disposition of any donations through the website.

FOGG’s primary concern is that Robert receives the best treatment and has a speedy and complete recovery.

As always FOGG thanks you for your continuing support.

FOGG Open Letter – March 16, 2014

March 15th, 2014

Summer Kids Camps 2014 – Scholarship Program Donations – Update #1

FOGG is pleased with the initial response to support giving kids from low income housing an opportunity to enjoy the Summer Kids Camps program at our community’s outdoor Bay Club at the Gateway.

Thanks to all of you who have donated.  We really appreciate it!

FOGG, in cooperation with our Foundation sponsor, Peace Development Fund (PDF), and FOGG web master Theo Armour, has upgraded the online donation link for our Summer Camps Scholarship Program.

You may now make your tax deductible donations by clicking on the DONATE to 2014 Summer Kids Camp button on this website.

We are on our way to our projected goal of 50 Scholarships.  While this is only mid-March it takes a great deal of effort by our volunteer staff and the neighborhood directors to making sure we are able to guarantee the number of scholarships for the kids who wish to attend this one of a kind experience.  The weekly programs run from early June to Labor Day.

FOGG looks forward to your continued support.  Should you prefer to donate by check, you can mail your tax deductible donations to Friends of Golden Gateway, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126. Please make your check to PDF/FOGG. On the memo line write “Scholarship.”

Let us keep up the momentum and assure we are successful in bringing a good number of deserved kids to this Summer Kids Camps

FOGG Open Letter – March 6, 2014

March 6th, 2014

Summer Kids Camps 2014 – Scholarship Program – Please Donate

FOGG is pleased to announce we are ready to move ahead for the 4th year in providing scholarships for kids to attend the Bay Club at the Gateway Summer Kids Camps Program.

Last summer your generous tax deductible donations to the Scholarship Program, with the cooperation of Club management, provided financial support for 24 youngsters from low income housing areas to attend the Summer Kids Camps Program.

FOGG is optimistic that in 2014 we can DOUBLE that number, and strive for at least 50 scholarships!!

It will take your continued generous support of the Scholarship Program.

We are sure you will help meet our goal by making your tax deductible donation by check to PDF/FOGG.  On the memo line write “Scholarship.”  Please mail your donation to Friends of Golden Gateway, P.O. Box 2294, San Francisco, CA 94126.

You may also donate on line at the Donations to FOGG link on this website.

The camps feature one of the highest counselor-to-camper ratios to better guide the kids and supervise all activities.

There are lots of activities in the Kids Camp Program.  These include swim and tennis lessons, arts and crafts, a variety of games, rest time and lunch.  All of this is in a warm, safe, family friendly environment.

FOGG looks forward to your support, as we move forward to another successful year.

FOGG Alert – February 20, 2014

February 19th, 2014

CalSTRS Blew $44 Million on 8 Washington Project – Must Read Article!!

Joe Eskenazi, staff writer and columnist for the SF Weekly News, has written a devastating article on how the California State Teacher’s Retirement System (CalSTRS) blew $44 million on Simon Snellgrove’s ill-fated 8 Washington Street high-rise luxury condominium project.

Joe’s right on article can be read at this link.  SF Weekly Article

If it weren’t so sad one can see the humor in Joe’s article.  This waste of pension fund money on the 8 Washington project will likely keep going.

To our FOGG teacher supporters, and whoever wishes to, please express your thoughts on why CalSTRS continues to spend retirement funds on this development so opposed by the SF neighborhoods.

Please write to Mr. Harry M. Keiley, Chair, Teacher’s Retirement Board Investment Committee, California State Teacher’s Retirement System (CalSTRS), 100 Waterfront Place, West Sacramento, CA 95605.

Here is the link to Mr. Keiley from the CalSTRS website.  Keiley Profile

And a big thanks to Joe for his fine and incisive writing.

FOGG Alert – February 2, 2014

February 2nd, 2014


FOGG wants to advise you of a very important meeting that we urge you to attend. Read the rest of this entry »

FOGG Alert – January 24, 2014

January 22nd, 2014


FOGG has some really good news for you!

On January 17, 2014, San Francisco Superior Court Judge A. James Robinson II issued a ruling that the California State Lands Commission violated state environmental law when it approved removal of public trust restrictions from Seawall Lot 351.

As you may recall, SWL 351 was an important part of the proposed 8 Washington Street high rise luxury condominium project that was overwhelming rejected by San Francisco voters on the November 5, 2013 ballot.

This is a great Court ruling and we are pleased that environmental laws are being enforced on this important public trust property.

FOGG applauds the outstanding work of attorney Susan Brandt-Hawley who led the legal battle through many long difficult months, and came out with a real victory!!


You may read the press release and Court ruling at the January 17, 2014 Court Ruling & Press Release Page link on this website.

This legal action is another major step in the right direction to preserve our community’s outdoor recreational center – the Bay Club at the Gateway.

As always, FOGG will keep you updated with more breaking news.


Season’s Greetings – December 21, 2013

December 21st, 2013

Happy Holidays & a Healthy New Year!

 It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said:  Yesterday is History…Tomorrow’s a Mystery…Today is a Gift.

In this season of giving FOGG has received many gifts of support from you our volunteers and donors that we so very much appreciate.

2013 was exciting and at times very difficult.  But in the end we prevailed because our cause and mission to preserve the one of a kind outdoor community recreational center (Bay Club at the Gateway) that is still in total operation and will be for some time to come.

2014 will have its bumps and diversions, but with your continued support and participation it will be a good year.

FOGG also wishes to thank the dedicated, hardworking staff and management of the Gateway Club.  They were under lots of pressure and uncertainty this past year.  We appreciate and respect their staying the course.

Have a great Holiday Season!