In an effort to help end hunger in Orange County, an estimated 500 food and wine lovers gathered outside at South Coast Plaza’s Garden Terrace on June 9 for STARS of Santa Barbara, a fundraiser created to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
Organized by the wine-education effort LearnAboutWine, the second annual event showcased top chardonnays, pinot noirs, syrahs and merlots (among many other libations) produced by more than 40 wineries from throughout Santa Barbara County, a region regarded by many oenophiles as one of the finest grape-producing areas of the world. Paired with the wines were dishes provided by more than a dozen restaurants located at South Coast Plaza – including Marché Moderne, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Antonello Ristorante and Lawry’s Carvery – plus many others.
Advanced registration for All STARS of Santa Barbara was $75, and admission at the door was $100. All proceeds – taken from the event’s ticket sales, a silent auction and sponsorship funds – were donated to Second Harvest, which solicits and coordinates donations, grants, fundraising efforts, advocacy programs and food drives, and organizes volunteers who provide food and education for the hungry. The group works with business partners and direct-feeding programs to stay afloat.
In the evening’s final ceremony, Jim Lee, CEO of Stater Brothers, presented an $18,000 check to Joseph C. Schoeningh, the nonprofit’s director.
According to Second Harvest Food Bank, about one in five O.C. residents are at risk for hunger; 35 percent of them are children.
From left: Mark Danner, president of Straub Distributing Co.; Joseph Schoeningh, director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County; Jim Lee, CEO of Stater Brothers, pause together.
Photos courtesy of Will Robertson.
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