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Notes & Words benefit for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

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Helen Hunt

Helen Hunt has enjoyed a distinguished career not only as an award-winning actress, but as an accomplished writer, director and producer. As an actress, her extensive and diverse body of work includes roles in film, theater, and television. 

In 2012 Hunt’s performance in the THE SESSIONS earned her an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and notations in the same category by the Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, SAG Awards, Broadcast Film Critics’ Awards and the BAFTA Awards. 

Additional credits include MAD ABOUT YOU and the critically acclaimed HBO Miniseries EMPIRE FALLS. For her role as Jamie Buchman in MAD ABOUT YOU, Hunt garnered four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards (three as lead actress and one as Producer for Best Comedy), and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She was also named “Best Actress” for her role in the film AS GOOD AS IT GETS for which Hunt won a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and an Oscar. 


Kelly Corrigan

You know her as the creative force behind Notes & Words and you love her for her clever, insightful best-selling memoirs The Middle PlaceLift, and Glitter and Glue. Her most recent release, an instant New York Times bestseller, Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say, is a story-driven collection of essays on the twelve powerful phrases we use to sustain our relationships. Her books deeply resonate with readers with their delicate weave of humor and heartache. When Kelly isn't traversing the country on book tours, interviewing thought leaders and writers for The Nantucket ProjectExactly, or puzzling over the wonders of teenage daughters, you can find her in the neonatal intensive care unit holding preemie infants.


Andrew Sean Greer

Andrew Sean Greer is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of six works of fiction, including the bestsellers The Confessions of Max Tivoli and Less.  Greer grew up, an identical twin, in the suburbs of Washington, DC, the son of scientists. He studied writing at Brown University, where he was the commencement speaker at his own graduation.

After years in New York working as a chauffeur, television extra and unsuccessful writer, he moved to Missoula, Montana, where he received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Montana. He soon moved to Seattle, where he wrote for Nintendo and taught community college, then finally landed in San Francisco where he currently resides. 

Greer has taught at a number of universities and is a winner of the California Book Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award.  He is the recipient of a NEA grant, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. 



Oakland School for the Arts

By popular demand, we welcome back to the Notes & Words stage our favorite resident performers, The Oakland School for the Arts for an uplifting and empowering night of music.



At UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals, the world-renowned pediatric specialists at our Oakland and San Francisco campuses deliver hope and healing to children throughout the Bay Area and around the globe.