Preview of 17th Annual RCP Tiburon Mile

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Coming up on Sunday,

August 19th!




by Peter Maync and Rand Crook

(Article originally published in the Belvedere-Tiburon Magazine)

It is said that deer were known to cross the waterway between Tiburon and Angel Island, but I never believed it. Yet humans do it every year, with and without wet suits!

9:00 am Sunday August 19, Angel Island. Months of training have come to this. Crowds will gather, on shore and in boats and kayaks, to witness approximately 800 swimmers, donning speedos or wet suits, aged 6 to 82, dive into the choppy, frigid waters of the San Francisco Bay, hoping to win this one-mile nautical race across the Raccoon Straight to Tiburon’s Sam’s Anchor Cafe. The shotgun will be raised, in great anticipation, signaling the start, featuring some of the top international open water swimmers, national, Olympic and Special Olympic champions, including US Open Water National Champion, Dave Heron; 2016 Olympic Open Water Gold Medalist from the Netherlands, Ferry Weertman; and the Italian Open Water National Swim Team. But entire families and University swim teams will also compete for the 17th year in this annual event, the world’s premier open water swim, that has raised over $1.5 million for charity since 1999. RCP Tiburon Mile Founder, Bob Placak, is a former elite swimmer himself and the owner and President of Robert C. Placak & Associates Insurance Services. He says, proudly, standing elbow to elbow beside his son, wife and entire family, racing with them, ranks among his favorite life moments.

Bob’s goals are three-fold: perpetuate a world-class international open water swimming competition, donate 100% of its proceeds to charity, and local, community-building. Besides our annual Classic Car Show, there is nothing else quite like the RCP Tiburon Mile Swim. So, register at as a swimmer, or for nearly 200 volunteer opportunities, including body-markers, registrars, and kayak and boat monitors.

This year’s swim event is in support of Lifehouse, a non-profit which, since 1954, has served people with developmental disabilities. Nancy Moody, Lifehouse President and C.E.O., is pleased to work with Bob and this wonderful event. (Please see annexed sideboard).

A long-time supporter of the RCP Tiburon Mile Swim is Bill Price, who has four-times won the Mayor’s Cup, awarded for the fastest time from start to finish by a Belvedere or Tiburon resident, and who has done so much for this major event.

Robert Placak & Nancy Dow Moody with RCP Tiburon Open Mile Swim Trophy (Photo by  Renee Maync) 

Robert Placak & Nancy Dow Moody with RCP Tiburon Open Mile Swim Trophy (Photo by  Renee Maync) 



One of the San Francisco Bay Area's most anticipated events is fast approaching. We'd love to invite you to join us for Lifehouse's 28th Annual Great Chefs and Wineries on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Join us for another unforgettable evening of great food and fine wine, and come together to help us raise critical funds to enable Lifehouse to continue to provide support services for people with developmental disabilities. The support that we receive from the community is what makes this evening a huge success. 

We will be returning to The Clubhouse at Peacock Gap Golf Club in San Rafael, California. Along with Bright Event Rentals, they help us create the perfect place for us to host this fabulous evening.  

Heidi Insalata Krahling, our Culinary Host, will bring together a feast of small plates that have been expertly prepared by twenty-three Bay Area restaurants. Our Wine Committee, led by Sid Sall, handpicked an impressive lineup of elite wineries to be paired with the evening's delectable spread. 

We will also be featuring attractive and exciting auction items through our new mobile bidding system! With the help of Gesture, enjoy all aspects of the auction in the palm of your hand. From check-in to check-out, Gesture is available to help you have a memorable and remarkable experience. 

We cannot wait for you to join us this year! Purchase your tickets now by clicking below.  

For purchasing tables, please email us at
or call the Lifehouse office at 415.586.5300


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Master of Cerimonies 

Great Chefs and Wineries 2018

LIfehouse is proud to introduce, KPIX reporter, Betty Yu, as this year’s Master of Ceremonies for Great Chefs and Wineries. A Bay Area native, Betty graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in Political Science and Rhetoric. Betty also has a Masters of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia University. After spending two years at WTVJ, the NBC-owned station in Miami, she joined KPIX 5 as a General Assignment Reporter. Betty has expressed her excitement about this year’s event. “Great Chefs & Wineries is a spectacular evening that features exquisite foods and fine wines, but more importantly, it is a reflection of the generous and compassionate spirit of the Lifehouse community.” As a reporter, Betty works with and highlights the lives many people with developmental disabilities. She continues to say, “I've seen them blossom because of the kind of support that Lifehouse offers.”

Click on the button below to join Betty Yu and the Lifehouse community at Great Chefs and Wineries on April 21, 2018.