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We are thrilled to announce award-winning actor Patrick Dempsey will join us as guest speaker for the 10th Annual Power of Possibilities event on March 8, 2018. Dempsey, best known for his role as neurologist “McDreamy” on the hit television show Grey’s Anatomy, was diagnosed at the age of 12 with a learning disability.

In a conversation moderated by ABC TV News Anchor Dion Lim, Dempsey will share how growing up with a learning disability built perseverance in how he approaches life. "You have to keep working. I have never given up," he says.

Dempsey has a personal connection to Gatepath’s mission of creating a world where people of all abilities are fully accepted, respected and included. His philosophy on giving back and paying it forward is that “healthier communities and happier people drive a commitment to the efforts and organizations that positively impact our world.”

This incredible event celebrates and supports the achievements of those with developmental disabilities in our community and is perfect for anyone who wants to create a world where people of all abilities are accepted, respected and included. Previous attendees have called the event “magical,” “heartwarming,” “empowering.”



The evening includes:

  • An in-depth Conversation with Patrick Dempsey moderated by ABC7-KGO News Anchor Dion Lim;
  • Cocktail Reception and social hour followed by three-course dinner;
  • Announcement of the 2018 Neal Poppin Award Winner – hear an incredible story of personal triumph and achievement;
  • Dream Drawing with a chance to win one of three fabulous prizes, including a trip to New York to see the Broadway hit “Dear Evan Hansen”;
  • Live Auction, including tickets to the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills in Southampton, NY;
  • Art Exhibit showcasing paintings by the adults in Gatepath’s art classes.

The proceeds from this event benefit Gatepath -  the largest and oldest nonprofit in the Bay Area supporting the hopes and dreams of the children, youth, and adults with disabilities.  

Dion LimABC Channel 7 News Anchor Dion Lim
Emcee and Moderator



Join us for this unforgettable evening!

6:00 to 7:00 p.m. – Registration and Cocktail Reception
7:00 to 10:00 p.m. – Dinner and Program


Dream Drawing


Described as “inspirational” and “magical,” the Power of Possibilities recognition event brings together a diverse group of people with one common goal – to create a community that is friendly, thriving and inclusive. At this event, we shine a light on how our differences are beautiful and make us unique. There is no greater joy than watching someone flourish and attain their dreams as a result of the work we do at Gatepath. From creating an inclusive preschool environment where children of all abilities learn and grow together, to providing job training and placement for adults with disabilities, this event encourages community members to make a difference by accepting, respecting and including people of all abilities. Previous guests have included Colin Farrell, Holly Robinson Peete, Lauren Potter and Steve Young. This year, Gatepath celebrates 10 years of possibilities and heart-warming stories about individuals with developmental disabilities that have overcome significant challenges to achieve their dream employment in our community.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Title Sponsor
Carole Middleton

Platinum Benefactors and Sponsors


Gold Benefactors and Sponsors

Janice Berthold, Heffernan Insurance Brokers
Electronic Arts
Graybird Foundation
Linda and Richard Leao
Katie and Bryan Neider
Norman S. Wright Mechanical Equipment
Barbara and Paul Regan
Wells Fargo

Silver Benefactors and Sponsors
Barulich Dugoni Law Group, Inc.
Kathryn and Richard Breaux
Diane Christensen Mason and Charles Mason
Elaine and George Cohen
D'Elia Construction
Karen and Todd Gemmer
Lilli Rey

Media Sponsors

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