The Riordan Alumni Association honors all graduates who have served as fire, law enforcement and emergency medical personnel through its annual First Responders Luncheon. This year’s guest speaker will be Joe Spano ’63 of Hill Street Blues fame, and the recipient of the Lt. Vincent Perez award will be Sergeant Joe McKenna ’73 (Ret.). Our emcee for the day will be Riordan alum and KTVU anchor Sal Castaneda ’82.

Friday, May 5, 2017
Sir Francis Drake Hotel
11:00 am – Noon Cocktails
Noon – 2:00 pm Lunch & Guest Speaker
Tickets: $100 per person, $2,500 for a sponsored table of 10


All proceeds will go to the newly-established Rotea Gilford Scholarship at Archbishop Riordan High School. Thank you to Riordan Board of Trustee member Bill Best who helped secure a donor match of up to $12,500 for this scholarship.

About Rotea Gilford
Mr. Gilford was a highly decorated San Francisco Police Officer who rose through the ranks to become the first African American Homicide Inspector in the City. He went on to become the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Council on Criminal Justice under George Moscone before being named Deputy Mayor under Diane Feinstein. When he retired in 1988, Mr. Gilford devoted much of his time to coaching, counseling and fund raising at Riordan. Two of his sons (Michael ’70 and Chance ’98) graduated from the school. At the time of his passing in 1998, Diane Feinstein said that “the special thing about Rotea is he believed in a close family. He was a wonderful mentor to young people. His no-nonsense philosophy is what I appreciated. He didn’t go for that politically correct stuff. He was old school – hard work, discipline, family and loyalty – the basic virtues.”Gilford