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Guardsmen Annual Grad Night

Guardsmen Annual Grad Night

On January 20th the Merchants Exchange Club hosted the Guardsmen for their annual Grad Night festivities. Each year, the Guardsmen provide at risk youth over 250 scholarships to private schools as well as sending over 2,500 youth to outdoor programs. The Guardsmen Grad Night is a celebration of the members turning 40 years old and […]

Grover, Kristi Yamaguchi At The Ballroom for IICF

Grover, Kristi Yamaguchi At The Ballroom for IICF

Over it’s long, rich and storied existence, The Julia Morgan Ballroom has been extremely proud to host many political leaders, television and film stars, award winning musicians, world class athletes, and philanthropic organizations. At last night’s Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s 21st Annual Western Division Benefit Dinner, the IICF brought in a very special guest, Sesame […]

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pat Harrison, Joy Behar attend Women & Girls Lead Event

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pat Harrison, Joy Behar attend Women & Girls Lead Event

On May 12, 2014, the Julia Morgan Ballroom played host to Women & Girls Lead where notable attendees Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pat Harrison, Joy Bauer, Sheryl WuDunn, Nicholas Kristoff, Megan Smith, and Becca Stevens addressed the crown of 200+. Women and Girls Lead is spearheaded by the Independent Television Service [ITVS] and its Global Perspectives […]

IGS National Advisory Council’s Annual Salon Dinner

IGS National Advisory Council’s Annual Salon Dinner

On May 6, 2014, the Julia Morgan Ballroom held the IGS National Advisory Council’s annual Salon Dinner. Mark Shields, syndicated columnist with the Washington Post and a political analyst on the PBS’ NewsHour, presented the keynote talk. Willie L. Brown, Jr. was presented the Darius & Sarah Anderson Distinguished Service Award and Tom Torlakson was […]

Elon Musk and Lenovo chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing

Elon Musk and Lenovo chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing

Elon Musk and Lenovo chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing were feted this week in San Francisco along with innovators in a broad range of tech fields at the annual Edison Awards gala. The black-tie awards reception held at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in the historic Merchants Exchange Building put a capper on a two-day slate […]

Dame Jane Goodall Celebrated

Dame Jane Goodall Celebrated

On April 3, 2014, Merchants Exchange Productions played host to Jane Goodall’s 80th birthday celebration.  Ms. Goodall is considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees.  Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, she is best known for her 45-year study of social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees […]

The Club Reborn

The Club Reborn

For nearly 100 years, the Merchants Exchange Club served as the unofficial gathering place of San Francisco’s movers and shakers: the financial elite, high-powered lawyers, merchants and brokers. In 1997 the Club closed its doors and the lights went out on a major chapter in the City’s history. Until now… After spending 15 years in […]

The “Whisper Suite”

Even before the Merchants Exchange Club’s recent facelift and triumphant return to the San Francisco social scene, it played a major role in Dell’s spring 2012 data center event. The event joined members of the media with analysts and reinforced the message that Dell is a full-service, end-to-end IT products and services provider. Guests enjoyed […]

Murals Emerge!

Murals Emerge!

Perhaps the most striking visual element of the new Merchants Exchange Club is the reemergence of three historic murals by acclaimed Spanish artist Jose Moya del Pino, a contemporary of Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera. Commissioned by the Merchants Exchange Club in 1933 and unveiled on April 13 of the same year, the murals depict […]