Torrance, Calif., July 31, 2012 - More than 800 community members gathered Saturday night at American Honda's Torrance headquarters to sample some of the South Bay's best cuisine at the 26th annual "Evening Under the Stars" Gourmet Food and Wine Festival. Steve Morikawa, assistant vice president, Corporate Community Relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., capped off the evening with a check presentation for proceeds totaling $150,000. Proceeds help fund construction of Torrance Memorial's new Patient Tower and Pediatric Services.
"We're so honored to be the beneficiary of this wonderful event that brings the community together year after year to enjoy this sampling of the very best in South Bay fare," said Craig Leach, president and CEO, Torrance Memorial Medical Center. "The proceeds provide a tremendous boost to our continued efforts to provide the most advanced healthcare possible to serve our growing community."
Attendees were serenaded by saxophonist Kenny G as he made his way toward the stage playing tunes from his award-winning albums. Following a 90-minute performance, he personally auctioned off the saxophone he was playing for a winning bid of $7,500, with all proceeds donated to Torrance Memorial.
Guests sampled approximately 80 varietals of wine. Professional sommeliers from The Disneyland Resort educated guests about their samplings. The following restaurants and beverage partners offered their fare and tastings at the Festival:
- Aimee's Bistro
- Athena's Confections
- BREWCO Manhattan Beach
- Costco Torrance
- Corner Bakery Café
- Creative Cuisine Concepts
- Chef Chafer's Depot and Buffalo Fire Dept.
- DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance - South Bay
- Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
- Fresh Brothers
- Gonpachi at Miyako Hybrid Hotel
- Gourmet Grindz
- Il Fornaio
- Lucky Strike Lanes & Lounge
- Napa Rose Sommeliers
- Nothing Bundt Cakes
- Ortega 120
- Paul Martins
- Red Car Brewery & Restaurant
- Riboli Family Wine Estates
- ROCK & BREWS
- Rock 'N Fish
- Shade Hotel
- Sushi Boy
- Sushi Chef Institute
- Tony Roma's and Capricciosa
- Torrance Marriott South Bay
- The Strand House
A silent auction raised more than $42,000. These items were secured by "Evening Under the Stars" Committee members, American Honda and Luminaries, a group of parent volunteers whose children also volunteer for the hospital. The following is a list of table sponsors for the event:
- 2H Construction
- Association of South Bay Surgeons
- California State University Dominguez Hills
- Classic Tents
- The Disneyland Resort
- Donald and Priscilla Hunt
- American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
- HUB International
- Support Services of America
- Torrance Hospital Independent Physician Association
- Torrance Memorial Medical Center
- MSM Landscape
2012 marks the sixth consecutive year that Honda has chosen Torrance Memorial as the event's beneficiary. American Honda created the Gourmet Food & Wine Festival in partnership with the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce in 1987 as a way to bring corporate business, residents, and local commerce together with city officials for a relaxing community celebration.
To date, Torrance Memorial has raised more than $123 million, more than half of its fundraising goal of $200 million, to construct the new Patient Tower. The $450 million, 398,250-square-foot Patient Tower is scheduled to be completed in November, 2014, with an opening in spring 2015.
About Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Founded in 1925 by Jared Sydney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a locally governed, 401-bed, non-profit medical center established to provide quality healthcare services, predominantly to the residents of the South Bay, Peninsula and Harbor communities. Torrance Memorial seeks to offer the most current and effective medical technologies rendered in a compassionate, caring manner. For more information please visit: www.TorranceMemorial.org.
About American Honda
Honda is one of the world's leading producers of mobility products including its diverse line-up of automobiles, motorcycles and ATVs, power products, and marine engines. Over 80% of Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. are produced in North America, using global and domestically sourced parts. Honda is committed to supporting the communities where we work and live. Through a broad range of community initiatives, charitable giving, foundation grants, and volunteerism, we seek to create value for society and bring joy to people's lives.