210 Pigeon Point Road
Pescadero, CA 94060

50th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration: A Salute to the Golden Anniversary of Golden Gate Hostels

The Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA has been welcoming the world to Northern California for 50 years, and now its time to celebrate!

Join us on Sunday, October 26, and help us commemorate our Golden Anniversary in style. Reconnect with old friends and make new ones, at a special anniversary luncheon at San Francisco's United Irish Cultural Center.

The event begins with an optional pre-luncheon hike on Ocean Beach at 10:30 a.m., and continues back at the Irish Cultural Center with a social hour, luncheon, special anniversary program, and silent auction.

This is also your opportunity to meet the new Executive Director of the Golden Gate Council, Danielle Brumfitt, who comes to us directly from Bruges, Belgium, where she was the General Manager of an association of independent hostels called Europe's Famous Hostels. Come say hello to her and to former Executive Director Barbara Wein, and wish them both well in their new ventures.

The Golden Gate Council of American Youth Hostels was established in 1958 by a group of enthusiastic volunteers. Over its 50-year history this nonprofit organization has grown to include ten beautiful hostels and an array of cultural and environmental education programs for youth. Proceeds for this event benefit these important programs, which serve 2,000 Bay Area youth every year.


Advance tickets are no longer available, but you may purchase tickets at the door.

Individual tickets

  • Happy Hosteller ($35)
  • Eager Explorer ($50)
    Includes $15 tax-deductible donation.
  • Auspicious Adventurer ($75)
    Includes $40 tax-deductible donation.
  • Triumphant Trekker ($100)
    Includes $65 tax-deductible donation.
  • Child under 12 ($15)

Official Hosts

  • Bronze Host ($500)
    Includes seating for up to 5 people and tax-deductible donation.
  • Silver Host ($750)
    Includes seating for up to 7 people and tax-deductible donation.
  • Gold Host ($1,000)
    Includes seating for up to 10 people (one full table) and tax-deductible donation.
  • Platinum Host ($5,000)
    Includes seating for up to 20 people (two full tables) and tax-deductible donation.


United Irish Cultural Center
2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco

Google Map

The Irish Cultural Center is on 45th Avenue between Sloat and Wawona, a few blocks from the ocean. Taking public transit or carpooling is strongly encouraged. Street parking is limited; allow extra time to find parking. 

  • BART: Take BART to the Civic Center Station. Transfer to the Muni Metro L train. Take the L train to Wawona and 46th Avenue.
  • MUNI METRO: Take the L train to Wawona and 46th Avenue.
  • MUNI BUS: Take the 18 or 23 line to Sloat and 45th Avenue, or take the 29 line to Sunset and 37th Avenue.

Silent Auction Preview

Raleigh Detour 4.0 Hybrid Bicycle
15" Atomic 13 aluminum frame, heads-up riding position, suspension fork. Includes free check-ups at Noe Valley Cyclery for 60 days.

Rick Steves "Smart Travel Kit"
21" roll-aboard travel bag, 70-episode DVD set, autographed copy of "Europe 101: History and Art for the Traveler," and more.

Classic Safari Tour for two adults at Safari West
View more than 500 animals -- including mammals native to West Africa and Madagascar, and birds native to Africa, South America, Papua New Guinea, and the U.S -- at a wildlife preserve and African tent camp in Santa Rosa, California.

Weekend Getaway Package at the Sacramento Hostel
Enjoy three nights accommodation in the River City Suite (formerly the butler's pantry and now a mini-suite with private bathroom), a VIP tour of the mansion, welcome goodie basket, and two tickets to the California Museum of Women and the Arts. 

Two-night stay at Clair Tappaan Lodge for two people
Operated by the Sierra Club, Clair Tappaan is a charming, rustic lodge located 25 miles from Lake Tahoe, near premier areas for winter skiing as well as summer hiking and climbing. Guests are provided with three meals a day.

One-night midweek stay at Josephine's Retreat at the Hidden Villa Hostel
Josephine's Retreat is a cozy, one-room cabin sitting on a secluded sunny hillside above Hidden Villa. You'll enjoy beautiful views and miles of walking trails just outside your door. Frank Duveneck built the cabin in 1940 for his wife Josephine, who used the cabin for reflection and inspiration.

Party venue at the Mariposa Hunter's Point Yacht Club
Host a birthday, anniversary, or other celebration for up to 75 people at the Mariposa Hunter's Point Yacht Club. Facilities include a fully equipped kitchen/galley for food preparation and service, indoor and seasonal outdoor stages for a DJ or band, spacious Bay-side patio area for barbecues, and a fully staffed bar.

Original artwork of the Sacramento Hostel by Evelyn Niehaus
Inkwash on paper, 23"x28", professionally framed with archival materials. Artist Evelyn Niehaus is the premier chronicler of the state capital's historic buildings.

Historic AYH bicycle saddlebags
Enjoy new hostelling adventures with a set of retro American Youth Hostels bicycle saddlebags, gently used and well-loved.

Restaurant gift certificates
Aslam's Rasoi (San Francisco), Capannina (San Francisco), Louis' Restaurant (San Francisco), Mountain Home Inn (Mill Valley)

Magnum of Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes 1988

Tickets to the Traveling Jewish Theatre

Autographed Giants memorabilia

Raffle of assorted wine packages

Official Hosts

Steering Committee

Nicholas S. Andrade
Olive Bavins
Myra Forsythe
Ursula Gummett
Joyce Johnston
Beryl Kay
Walt Knoepfel
Kathleen McAdam
Ron Montes
Kaysea Ray
Fred Tealdi
Barbara Wein, Chairperson

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United Irish Cultural Center, San Francisco


October 26, 2008 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm (optional pre-luncheon hike at 10:30 am)


$35. Click here to purchase tickets.

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