There's a big party coming to Atherton on Saturday night, but the town is working to make sure the "Big Game Give," an annual fundraiser that often brings in as much as $1 million for charities, won't disturb the neighbors.
The party, which is expected to have 500 guests including numerous celebrities, has also triggered Atherton's special permit process, town officials say. That means that the hosts will have to repay the town for any special services needed, including police and traffic direction.
The party is at the Atherton home of venture capitalist Jillian Manus, who has hosted a number of large charity events in the past. Organizers say among the attendees will be former 49er Joe Montana, former Giant Matt Williams and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom (all honorary co-chairs), and former talk show host Jay Leno as emcee.
An acoustic performance by Michael Franti, a rapper, poet and musician who often speaks out on peace and social justice issues, will be featured entertainment.
Atherton Police Chief Ed Flint said that the property owners are working closely with the town "to ensure that the neighbors are not inconvenienced by traffic, parking or excessive noise." He said Atherton police officers will be nearby "with a decibel meter to monitor the noise level," and that the event organizers are paying three Atherton police officers to attend as well as providing private security.
A press release about the event said Ms. Manus plans to empty out her home to set up nine separate parties within. "Robert Fountain will be producing this exclusive event, building unique and extravagant sets to fit the "California" theme," the statement says.
Guests will pass through a giant football helmet to the Laguna Seca Raceway, aka the Manus driveway. Outside the door, a "Seal Rock" will have live seals "to add to the San Francisco element."
Themes of the parties will be California landmarks, paired with California food and wine. Left Bank chef Roland Passot will lead a team of eight Bay Area chefs.
"It will be an over-the-top evening, to say the least," the statement says.
The announced guest list includes: David Beckham, Aaron Paul, Marshawn Lynch, Michael Crabtree, Steve Bono, Keena Turner, Kristi Yamaguchi, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Jim and Sarah Harbaugh, Thomas DeCoud, Warrick Dunn, Larry Fitzgerald, Ezekiel Elliott, Arian Foster, Scott Fujita, DeMarco Murray, Trent Green, Carlos Hyde, Greg Jennings, Marvin Jones and Justin Tuck.
The host committee includes The host committee includes Melissa Badger, Rob Chesnut, Jeff and Suzette Clarke, Nobuko Cleary, Ron Conway, Leland and Susan Faust, Mary Gullixson, Elizabeth Holmes, JT Holmes, Naveen and Anu Jain, Damir Jandricek, Martin and Kelly Katz, Chris Kelly, Andrew and Kira Kosove, Jeff and Missy Morris, Alan Salzman, Stephan Silver, Trevor Traina, Andy Won, Elaine Wynn, and Brad and Sarah Yonover.
The event will benefit the Stanford Cancer Institute, the Four Rings Montana Family Foundation and the Giving Back Fund, a national nonprofit umbrella organization.
Atherton's special events ordinance, updated by the council in July 2015, requires a permit for any special event "that requires the assistance of the town for traffic control, public safety services, extraordinary parking control measures, waiver of any local, state, or federal ordinance, or other mitigation measures arising from the special event."