We are thrilled to share that our 2014 event raised almost $500,000 to benefit the many individuals with developmental disabilities Lifehouse serves. It is because of the generosity and caring of our community that Lifehouse has been able to continue to provide our much needed services for six decades. Thank you!
On Saturday, April 26, 2014 over 450 guests joined Lifehouse as we celebrated 60 years of service to our community at our 24th Annual Great Chefs & Wineries event held at the beautiful Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company campus in Novato.
The Fabulous Bud E. Luv Trio kept the party swinging as guests mingled in the outdoor tent while dining on an array of small plates expertly prepared by chefs from some of the Bay Area’s finest restaurants under the guidance of Culinary Host Heidi Insalata Krahling. Dinner was accompanied by wine pourings from an impressive lineup of elite wineries, micro-brewed beers, champagne, coffee and martinis mixed by Marin IJ Barfly columnist, Jeff Burkhart.
After dinner, guests gathered in the dining room for the evening’s live entertainment. Lifehouse Board member and parent, Dr. Marsha Treadwell, shared with our guests her family’s experiences with Lifehouse followed by a toast led by Lifehouse Board Chair Stephen Meeker in honor of Lifehouse’s 60th anniversary. As always, the Lifehouse Dancers brought the house to its feet with their energetic performance to The Beatle’s “Twist and Shout.” After a fast-paced live auction with auctioneer, Damon Casatico, the evening closed with a concert featuring Bay Area favorites, Tower of Power.
There are many people to thank who made this year’s event possible beginning with the Lifehouse Board of Directors for their dedication and support of our mission and this event. Our Major Sponsors Brydon Hugo & Parker, Scott and Julie Jones, Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company, Brayton Purcell, Allan and Nancy Herzog, Mark and Susan Schatzberg, Giraux Fine Jewelry, Marin Community Foundation, Union Bank, All-American Printing Services, Wine Country Party & Events and Marin Independent Journal represent some of our many generous community supporters. Our Great Chefs Steering Committee, chaired by Julie Jones, and Wine Committee, chaired by Sid Sall, volunteered countless hours over the past year to make this event fabulous.
We’d also like to extend a special thank you to Honorary Chairman Huey Lewis, Culinary Host Heidi Insalata Krahling, Master of Ceremonies Bud E. Luv and our fabulous participating restaurants and wineries.
Stay tuned for the announcement of our next year’s event as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Great Chefs & Wineries! See you next year!