Save the Date for Cable Car Caroling
Saturday December 3, 2016

“Personally, my family is looking forward to participating this year as this is a great way for everyone at every age to see the value that IOA brings to the senior community.”

Michelle Droz
Partner, Senior Vice President
Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

Cable Car Caroling

Cable Car Caroling, now a 32-year tradition in San Francisco, is a multicultural event, including Hanukkah songs and Hispanic Christmas carols. This annual fundraising songfest brings holiday cheer to isolated older adults and adults with disabilities at assisted living centers, skilled nursing facilities and individual homes across San Francisco. Last year was a sold out record-breaking success with over 500 carolers on 15 motorized cable cars reaching more than 1,000 seniors and disabled adults.

Raising more than $100,000 in 2015, Cable Car Caroling funds go to support IOA’s Friendship Line, the nation’s only accredited (American Association of Suicidology) 24-hour toll-free hotline for seniors and adults with disabilities. The Friendship Line is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warm line of non-urgent calls.

We’re pretty old and sick here. But you come here and see us as the kind of people who are worthy to be participants in music and singing. Thank you for including us. It means so much. —Older adult at skilled nursing facility.

Business Partnerships

Institute on Aging’s annual events, like Cable Car Caroling, offer unique business sponsorship opportunities not only for brand enhancing corporate citizenship, but for employee engagement in activities that are fun and profound at the same time. Many employees of our business partners also volunteer out of individual commitment to a cause or as part of a Corporate Volunteer Day at IOA. For more information on sponsorship or employee volunteer opportunities, please click below or contact Shabana Siegel at 415.750.4156 or by email at

Cable Car Caroling Challenge

Take the Cable Car Caroling Challenge and help raise funds for The Friendship Line!  We need your help to sustain the nation’s only accredited, toll-free, 24-hour crisis intervention call center for seniors in the United States.  Spread the word to family, friends, colleagues, and employers that you will be caroling to seniors at nursing homes and assisted living facilities on Saturday, December 3, 2016.  Explain that Cable Car Caroling raises money for the loneliest and most vulnerable members of our community.  Donations of $500 or more will be recognized as Cable Car Caroling sponsors, and those who raise $1,500 or more will receive special recognition as major sponsors of CCC, the Friendship Line and the Institute on Aging.

How the Challenge Works

Record cash donations or pledges on the Cable Car Caroling Challenge form provided and then submit the form with cash and checks when you arrive at the event. Or go to the CCC Eventbrite page, total all of your donations, enter the amount on the Cable Car Caroling Challenge line of the ticket order form and pay with a credit card here. (Any checks payable to Institute on Aging can be delivered the day of the event.)

What You Get

For every $100 raised your receive a free cable car ticket and a raffle ticket for a chance to win donated prizes. And if the smiles and tears of joy from the seniors we visit is not enough, benefits include a festive holiday experience for all ages, a delicious holiday dinner with a variety of complimentary wines at no cost to participants, a free raffle ticket for donated prizes, and a fun-filled celebration after all the singing is done.

Thank you for participating in the Cable Car Caroling Challenge! If your employer is matching your individual donation, please contact Shabana Siegel at (415) 750-4156 or via email at Thank you!

Preferred Seating

If you are not already part of a designated group and would like to be seated with a specific person or group, please contact Evelyn Rosales at (415) 750-4142 or by email at

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