CoachArt Children’s Benefit Aims to Raise Over $1 Million to Benefit Children Impacted by Chronic Illnesses

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Chime CEO Chris Britt to be honored as “Heart & Humanity Champion” at Sixth Annual CoachArt Children’s Benefit in San Francisco on May 16th.

Co-founded in 2001 by SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie, CoachArt is a nonprofit organization that matches volunteer coaches with youth impacted by chronic and life-threatening illnesses for free arts and athletic lessons in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The sixth annual CoachArt Children’s Benefit will be held on May 16, 2019 at 6 pm at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. 

Join us for the 2019 CoachArt Children’s Benefit



Zander Lurie, CoachArt Co-Founder and CEO of SurveyMonkey speaking at 2018 CoachArt Children’s Benefit. Photo Credit: Julia Zave Photography

The CoachArt Children’s Benefit honors individuals for exceptional professional success and personal humanitarianism. Business leaders, tech executives, community members, volunteers, and CoachArt families come together in support of the organization’s mission to create a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness. At the 2018 CoachArt Children’s Benefit, more than 550 attendees helped raise nearly one million dollars. Past honorees include: Noah Wintroub, Vice Chairman, J.P. Morgan; Julia and Kevin Hartz, co-founders of Eventbrite; and Jennifer Kuperman Johnson, Head of International Corporate Affairs, Alibaba Group.

CoachArt announced last week that this year’s Benefit will honor Chris Britt as the “Heart & Humanity Champion.” Chris Britt is the founder and CEO of Chime, the leader in U.S. challenger banking that helps members avoid fees, save money automatically and achieve financial peace of mind. From 2007-2012, Chris was Chief Product Officer and SVP, Corporate Development at Green Dot. Chris was also a senior product leader at Visa and one of the first executives at ComScore. He’s a Board Member of CoachArt.

“Twenty-five percent of U.S. children have a chronic health problem, and our hope with CoachArt is to reach more of these children with arts and athletic programming that can make a meaningful difference in their everyday lives,”  said Chris Britt. “It’s been incredible to see the growth of CoachArt and the impact we’re having on our community of children and their families. The future is bright at CoachArt.”


2019 CoachArt Benefit Honoree Chris Britt, Chime Founder and CEO

“Chris Britt exemplifies the vision, dedication, and compassion of our board members,” said CoachArt Executive Director Greg Harrell-Edge. “Our community is grateful to him for all he’s done to build CoachArt’s presence in the Bay Area and advance our mission.”

The event will also honor Kendell Hardy of Richmond, California as CoachArt’s Volunteer of the Year. Kendell, an executive coach and HR business partner with Kaiser Permanente, became a volunteer coach with CoachArt in 2017. Since then she has led or assisted with numerous CoachArt clubs and in-home lessons focused on cooking and sewing.

CoachArt student Chanita, age 17, of Oakland will be featured as this year’s Shining Star Student. Chanita was born with hip dysplasia and was later diagnosed with kidney complications. Since becoming a CoachArt student in 2016 she has participated in many CoachArt clubs, one-day group lessons, special events, and in-home lessons.

The event will be co-hosted by CoachArt students Nomi, 16, from El Sobrante and Roan, 16, from Oakland, both of whom are cancer survivors.


Chanita, 2019 CoachArt Shining Star Student, with CoachArt Volunteer Coach. Photo Credit: Julia Zave Photography

Sponsorship Opportunities

Multiple sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2019 CoachArt Children’s Benefit. For additional information or event tickets, please visit or contact CoachArt’s Development Manager, Colton Alexio, at

About CoachArt

CoachArt provides a transformative learning community for children impacted by chronic illness by providing no-cost lessons in the arts and athletics. CoachArt was founded in 2001 by Zander Lurie and Leah Bernthal in memory of Zander’s father, Dr. Arthur Lurie, a cardiac surgeon who recognized the need for long-term support and enrichment among the pediatric patient population. Today, CoachArt offers 10,000 hours of high-quality arts and athletics activities to children each year with the support of 400 volunteers and 85 partner organizations. To get involved with CoachArt as a volunteer or participate in its activities, please visit or call 213-736-2850.


Join us for the 2019 CoachArt Children’s Benefit


Making a Difference for Families Impacted by Childhood Chronic Illness

If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic condition, we invite you to fill out a student eligibility form or get in touch to learn if CoachArt is right for your child.

Ways to Help

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