September 16, 2008
TrinityCare Benefit Offers Great View, Cause
By Meredith Grenier
Maybe it's the jaw- dropping view from the fabulous Palos Verdes Estates cliff site, or it might be the unique gourmet food and wine from area restaurants and vintners.Regardless, the annual Sunday by the Sea benefit has become huge.
Now in its 18th year, the food and wine tasting, set for 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 28, is expected to attract close to 1,000 guests. Proceeds will benefit Providence
TrinityCare Hospice Foundation.
So many loyal attendees return each year hoping to repay the Torrance-based hospice for the loving care staff members and volunteers have extended to family members during their last days.
"Sunday by the Sea has become a greatly loved tradition," says Barbara Roberts, executive director of Providence TrinityCare Hospice Foundation.
In addition to food and wine tasting, there will be a silent auction with chances to bid on tickets to sports events, gifts and vacation packages.
Providence TrinityCare Hospice is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit hospices in Southern California, providing care to adults and children with terminal illnesses.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the organization's Patient Care Assistance program; TrinityKids Care (the only pediatric hospice program for infants and children in the region); Charity Care/Necessities of Life (assistance in paying rent, phone and other utility bills); Palliative Care (providing access to pain and symptom control); and the Gathering Place (addressing grief for teens and adults).
Tickets to Sunday by the Sea are $125 in advance. To receive an invitation or to make a reservation, call (310) 257-3535. Reservations also may be made at www.trinitycare hospice.org.
Sister City benefit
The Hermosa Beach Strand home of Chuck and Missy Sheldon will be hopping from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 during the 16th annual gourmet food tasting and auction to benefit the Hermosa Beach Sister City Association.
Over the years, the quality of life in sister city Loreto, Mexico, has been vastly improved by efforts of HBSCA members.
"This is our main source of funding," said HBSCA president Wright DeMaderios. "It has enabled us to continue to offer support to our sister city for 41 years. We rely on this event to sustain us."
Ortega 120, Dragon, Ken & Kent's Deli, Lupitas, Rosa's and Frito Misto are among the participating restaurants, and music will be provided by the Redondo Union High School Salsa Club.
All guests will be entered into a raffle to win a Loreto vacation that includes five days at the Hotel Oasis, a deep-sea fishing trip in the Sea of Cortez and $500.
Among the auction items are a football autographed by former NFL star John Elway, a professional photography lesson and an original painting of downtown Hermosa Beach.
The HBSCA is a student exchange program that gives seventh- and eighth-graders from Hermosa Beach the opportunity to spend their spring break in Loreto with other middle school students. In turn, in July, students from Loreto get to spend a week with their Hermosa Beach "sisters" and "brothers."
"It is so exciting to see kids experience each other's lifestyles and have new adventures," said auction committee chairwoman Cathy McCurdy.
HBSCA also helps improve medical services in Loreto. Eight years ago, it established the first paramedic training program and to date, seven firemen have passed the intensive U.S.-based paramedic exams.
Tickets are $10 and include food, a no-host bar and the raffle. They can be purchased in advance at Beach Travel, 215 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, and Beach Bodies Salon, 822 Hermosa Ave., Hermosa Beach; or at the door, at the corner of 18th Street and the Strand.
For information, go to www.hb-sistercity.org.
"We have great bargains for everyone - individuals, groups and families," said Chuck Sheldon, who has been the auctioneer for the past 15 years.
Boys & Girls Clubs benefit dinner
The Toyota USA Automobile Museum in Torrance will be the site of the annual Keystone Awards Dinner and Auction, a benefit for Boys & Girls Clubs of the South Bay,
Two local leaders will be honored as Champions for Youth.
Dan Medina, director of public relations for the Normandie Casino, is a major contributor to the club's Gardena site and Rudy Svorinich Jr., former president pro tempore of the Los Angeles City Council, has supported the club's expansion to various sites.
Proceeds from the event will go toward expanding the Club College program, which provides tools, guidance and motivation for local students to pursue higher education.
"We are very excited and want to thank our sponsors, Lexus and Kaiser Permanente, for helping a great cause that will get more of our youth to college," said Mike Herrera, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs.
The Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 2,500 children at eight sites in Harbor City, Harbor Gateway, Lomita and Gardena. The clubs offer programs for children and their parents, such as early- childhood education for preschoolers, family literacy for their parents and after-school academic and enrichment programs for elementary to high school students.
Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by contacting development director Veronica Jiminez at (310) 534-0056 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Meredith Grenier is a freelance writer. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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