12/22/11

In Appreciation of Warren Hellman

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Warren Hellman

Warren Hellman playing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, one of his many gifts to San Francisco.

Warren Hellman, a true San Francisco legend known for such achievements as funding  the San Francisco Free Clinic and founding the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, died December 18. Everyone at the Rex Foundation extends best thoughts to Warren’s family and to all in the community who had the good fortune to know him.

As Joel Selvin said in the San Francisco Chronicle, listing Hellman’s achievements in the business and philanthropic worlds, “When people in San Francisco speak of Warren Hellman 100 years in the future — and they will — it may very well be similar to what Churchill said of Gandhi: They will wonder if such a man ever truly did exist.” Warren Hellman’s contributions exemplify the care, spirit and breadth of impact that can truly repair the world.  We feel a deep sense of gratitude for all the good that his contributions have made possible.