Summer of Giving
Benevolence abounds in the South Bay this season. Here are a few philanthropic events worth adding to your calendar.
Celebrate Chefs & Cellars features an epicurean feast on Bastille Day, Sunday, July 14. Benefiting the Palos Verdes Art Center and the Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education, the evening features more than 30 restaurants and wineries offering culinary delights while a silent auction and entertainment complete the evening. Because the event is being held on Bastille Day this year, French wines will be featured along with California varieties.
Frequently held in a private home, Celebrate Chefs & Cellars remains an opportunity to explore incredible food and wine in an exquisite setting while benefitting the arts and the community. Tickets are $125 per person. For more information, visit celebratechefs.com.
World-renowned saxophonist Kenny G will serenade guests with his soulful instrumentals at the Evening Under the Stars with Kenny G, 27th Annual Gourmet Food & Wine Festival, on Saturday, July 20. Hosted by American Honda at its Torrance campus, the event celebrates the best in South Bay cuisine while raising funds for nonprofit Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
Funds raised from the event will benefit Torrance Memorial’s new Main Tower and Pediatric Services. This marks the eighth consecutive year Honda has chosen Torrance Memorial as the event’s beneficiary. In that time, Evening Under the Stars has raised nearly $700,000 for Torrance Memorial. Last year more than 800 community members attended, with $150,000 of the evening’s proceeds donated to Torrance Memorial. For more information, visit torrancememorial.org.
White Light White Night lights up the summer sky on Saturday, July 27. A spectacular night of music, food, special cocktails and stellar auctions raises funds for Walk With Sally. Founded in 2004, Walk With Sally provides mentoring support to children whose parents or siblings have cancer. Their motto is “one child at a time; one heart at a time.”
This year marks the seventh annual event, and with more than 1,000 attendees dressed in white while eating and drinking under sparkling white lights, the night is truly a bright occasion. More than 25 local restaurants create the food extravaganza “Taste of the South Bay,” while Patron provides specialty cocktails and wine. Silent and live auctions provide incredible opportunities to both give and receive, but the highlight of the evening is the live musical performance by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy that rounds out the night.
White Light White Night is a landmark occasion in the South Bay for many reasons, but the most important reason is the incredible mentoring provided to children in need. For more information, visit whitelightwhitenight.org.
Palos Verdes Concours d’Elegance is one of the most glamorous events of the South Bay, and the weekend of September 14 and 15 will be no exception. With a theme of “Age of Elegance,” luxurious classic cars are the stars of this show. This 21st annual event takes place in the spectacular location of the Trump National Golf Club, where rare vintage cars perch over the exquisite vistas of the Pacific Ocean.
The event raises money for the Palos Verdes Art Center and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Foundation. The Palos Verdes Art Center offers visual arts for the community and education through classes, workshops and exhibitions. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Foundation is focused on aiding the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wilmington and San Pedro through guidance, financial support and increasing literacy.
The event kicks off with the Palos Verdes Pleasure Road Rallye on Saturday afternoon that begins at the Rolling Hills Country Club and weaves through the beautiful roads of Palos Verdes overlooking the ocean. All are welcome to participate in the exquisite two-hour drive, from the serious collector to the new Prius owner. It ends at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, where a Grand Marshal reception continues into the evening. Peter Brock is the Grand Marshal this year, the original designer of the iconic 1963 Corvette “Sting Ray” and Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe.Tickets for the Sunday show purchased before July 1 are $35. For more information, visit pvconcours.org.