H.E.L.P. hosted its very successful Fall 2014 Fundraiser, Autumn Sunset, at the beautiful oceanfront home of Lisa and Chuck Noski on a balmy October evening. The proceeds from the wine-tasting event, with light supper, will benefit programs and services for seniors and their families. The event was chaired by H.E.L.P. Board Treasurer, Laura Kauls, CPA., partner in the Torrance accountancy firm, McDowell, Dillon and Hunter. Décor was chaired by Kim Engen, from H.E.L.P.s Advisory Board.
The Diamond Sponsor for the event was Peninsula philanthropist, Ralph Scriba, who was honored at H.E.L.P.s June gala with its Lifetime AchievementAward for his longtime support of H.E.L.P. The Ruby Sponsor was Toyota Motor Sales, USA; and the Pearl Sponsor was Mary Harris, of Harris Financial Services. Underwriters were Torrance CPA, Cynthia Rustanius; and Michael Barth, Esq., whose law office is in Malaga Cove.
Wines were donated by Phyllis and Bill Glantz from their Eberle winery in Paso Robles; as well as by Jennifer and Brad Baker, esq., of Baker, Burton, and Lundy law firm; and Laura Kauls. Former H.E.L.P. Board member and longtime supporter, Kate Crane, esq., donated champagne from Domaine Carneros winery in Napa. Chefs Steve Riley and Robert Bell of Mama Terano and Chez Melange restaurants, prepared the light supper.
In addition to raising funds, it was a wonderful opportunity for longtime H.E.L.P. supporters, as well as new friends, to enjoy a lovely Fall evening together. True to its theme, we were treated to a colorful sunset overlooking the ocean at the close of the evening. Thank you to all of our sponsors and supporters for making this event a great success.