Torrance, Calif., August 6, 2013 – A sell-out crowd of 1,000 community members gathered Saturday, July 20 at American Honda's Torrance headquarters to sample some of the South Bay's best cuisine at the 27th annual Honda Evening Under the Stars with Kenny G Gourmet Food and Wine Festival. Proceeds help fund construction of Torrance Memorial's new Main Tower and Pediatric Services.
"We're so honored to participate in and benefit from this exquisite community event," said Craig Leach, president and CEO, Torrance Memorial Medical Center. "This year Honda and the planning committee really outdid themselves and as a result the event earned the highest proceeds on record. We are very grateful to everyone who played a part in its success and making it truly an evening to remember."
Saxophonist Kenny G serenaded guests as he made his way toward the stage playing tunes from his award-winning albums. He also personally auctioned off the saxophone he designed himself for a winning bid of $7,500, with all proceeds donated to Torrance Memorial.
This year's silent and live auction featured a number of highly coveted items, including a lavish San Francisco weekend, a Hawaiian paradise escape, a ride on the Goodyear Blimp and a VIP table for 10 at Torrance Memorial's Holiday Festival Gala. 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. In total, the auction raised $91,185.
Event guests sampled approximately 80 varietals of wine, while 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:
- Alpine Village Events Center
- Amore Vino
- Athena's Confections
- Café Honda
- Costco Torrance
- Chef Shafer's Depot and Buffalo Fire Department
- Creative Cuisine Concepts
- Disneyland Resort
- DoubleTree by Hilton Torrance – South Bay
- Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
- Fresh Brothers
- Gonpachi at Miyako Hybrid Hotel
- Gourmet Grindz
- Icelandic Glacial
- Il Fornaio
- Jackson's Food & Drink
- Lucky Strike Lanes
- Nothing Bundt Cakes
- Ortega 120
- Palos Verdes Golf Club
- Paul Martin's American Grill
- Red Car Brewery & Restaurant
- Riboli Family Wine Estates/San Antonio Winery
- Rock & Brews
- Rock'N Fish
- Shade Hotel
- The Strand House
- Silvio's Brazilian BBQ
- Sushi Boy Inc./Soya Farm USA, Inc.
- Sushi Chef Institute
- The Honda Classic
- Torrance Marriott South Bay
The following is a list of table sponsors for the event:
- A&A Maintenance
- Association of South Bay Surgeons
- Burton Belzer
- CH2M Hill
- California State University Dominguez Hills
- Daily Breeze/The Beach Reporter/Palos Verdes Peninsula News
- Classic Tents
- The Disneyland Resort
- Donald and Priscilla Hunt
- Kintetsu Enterprises Company of America/Miyako Hotels
- MSM Landscape Services
2013 marks the eighth consecutive year that Honda has chosen Torrance Memorial as the event's beneficiary. During that time, it has raised nearly $900,000 through this time-honored event. 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 $137 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 open in November, 2014.
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. In 2012, it joined the ranks of the top hospitals in the nation by earning coveted Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which recognizes nursing excellence. 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 90% 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.