June 23, 2011 — At its 101st Annual Luncheon meeting today, the San Francisco Travel Association (San Francisco Travel) presented the Silver Cable Car Award to the World Champion San Francisco Giants.
The Silver Cable Car Award is presented annually by San Francisco Travel to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to San Francisco’s visitor industry.
The San Francisco Giants of the National League is one of the oldest franchises in Major League Baseball. Boasting a 128-year history, the team moved to San Francisco from New York in 1958 playing a total of 42 years in Seals Stadium and Candlestick Park before moving to AT&T Park in 2000.
“In 2011, they brought worldwide attention to San Francisco in a way we’ve never seen before by winning the World Series for the first time in this city’s history,” said Joe D’Alessandro, San Francisco Travel president and CEO. “In addition to bringing global fame to their hometown, the Giants made possible a unique and beautiful event facility.”
On the diamond, more than 34 million spectators have witnessed a number of magical moments and four playoff appearances, including the 2010 World Series, since AT&T Park opened.
As of June 23, the Giants have had 34 straight sell-outs this season. They rank third in all of Major League Baseball in paid attendance behind the Yankees and the Phillies.
Since opening its gates, AT&T Park has become internationally-renowned as a premier venue in the world of both sports and entertainment.
More than 3.4 million visitors are drawn to the ballpark for games, concerts and non-baseball events annually.
It has played host to some of music’s biggest acts, including the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band and Green Day.
In 2007, the Giants and the San Francisco Opera created a unique partnership to bring the free Opera at the Ballpark to AT&T Park. Last year’s simulcast drew an unprecedented 32,000 people. Only in San Francisco would thousands of people gather in a baseball stadium to watch live simulcasts of world class opera performances.
Off the field, the Giants have one of the premier community outreach programs in professional sports, becoming the first team to implement a 100 percent participation program, involving every player, coach and uniformed staff member in at least one community project throughout the season. The Giants were also the first professional sports team to join the “It Gets Better Project” to inspire hope for LGBT youth.
The Silver Cable Car Award was presented by Pat Gallagher, past chair of the San Francisco Travel Association and former president of Giants Enterprises, who said, “This year’s Silver Cable Car Award continues the tradition of recognizing an organization regarded as one of the treasures not only by the visitors, but our residents since arriving with a parade down Market Street in 1958. After 52 years of waiting, last fall there was another parade down Market Street witnessed by over a million screaming baseball fans.
“No organization has brought more joy...or more torture to San Francisco than this year’s winner.
“They’ve long been champions for what they have done in this community but now, after long last, they are World Series Champions.”
Previous recipients of the Silver Cable Car award include Herb Caen, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist with the “San Francisco Chronicle”; Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants; Jackson K. Hu, one of the impresarios behind the Chinese New Year parade and festival; Ruth Asawa, noted Japanese American artist; U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein; the San Francisco 49ers; Steve Silver of “Beach Blanket Babylon”; Kary Schulman, Grants for the Arts; the San Francisco Pride Celebration; Carol Shorenstein Hays, SHN, and last year’s recipients, the cable car operators.
The San Francisco Travel Association’s 101st Annual Luncheon is made possible by the following partners:
- American Express
- Classic Party Rentals
- Da Vinci Fusion Inc.
- Projection Presentation Technology
- San Francisco International Airport
- Savor...San Francisco - The Moscone Center
- SMG/The Moscone Center
- Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau
- California Academy of Sciences
- Handlery Union Square Hotel
- Kaiser Permanente
- PIER 39
- San Francisco Business Times
- San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
- San Francisco CityPASS
- San Francisco Giants
- See's Candies, Inc.
- Virgin America
- Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf
- Advanced Reservation Systems, Inc. (ARES)
- Alcatraz Cruises
- Hartmann Studios
- Hilton San Francisco Union Square
- Hornblower Cruises & Events
- Hotel Nikko San Francisco
- de Young and Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
- MJM Management Group
- Orange Photography
- Port of San Francisco
- San Francisco Marriott Marquis
- Scoma's Restaurant
- Taste Catering & Event Planning
- Tcho Chocolate
- Transamerica Retirement Services
- United Airlines
- Bauer's Intelligent Transportation
- Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
- Hyatt Hotels of the Bay Area
- Haiyi Hotels
- Hotel Council of San Francisco
- Hotel Whitcomb
- InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco
- Joie de Vivre Hotels
- Lori's Diner
- Westfield San Francisco Centre
- The Napa Valley Destination Council
- Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco-Union Square
- Kimpton Hotels
- Sign, Display Local Union #510
- The Freeman Companies
- The Huntington Hotel & Nob Hill Spa
- The St. Regis Hotel San Francisco
- Theatrical Stage Employees Local 16
- Tiffany & Co.
- Wells Fargo Bank
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