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March 10th, 2023 | Around the Office
On Saturday January 14th, Sovereign Flavors hosted our first annual charity gala benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Many of our employees were inspired by our wish to donate to the cause, and some co-workers even stepped forward to share their personal history with this foundation.
Despite the unexpected torrential rain and chilly weather, the evening was filled with laughter and stories shared over signature cocktails and a delicious variety of passed appetizers. Elegantly adorned tents with sparkling chandeliers provided the perfect retreat from the rain, while an electric violinist added to the fun, contemporary vibe.
The gala was filled with warm hearts wanting to donate to the excellent cause. We received a gracious amount of donations from our vendors and suppliers for the silent auction, including:
A gift certificate to Mastro’s Restaurant
(courtesy of Bill Jin, Pearlchem Corp.)
Surf & Sand Beach Getaway
(Courtesy of Audryn Swigert, Ultra Ingredients, Inc.)
A Picnic Setup for Two
(Courtesy of Bea Alvarado, Petit Soirée)
Outdoor Photography or Videography Session
(Courtesy of Robert De La Mora, Delamora Media)
11” Apple iPad Pro
(Courtesy of Michael Toomey, Advanced Biotech)
Spa Day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs
(Courtesy of Stephen Pisano, Citrus & Allied)
Robert Mondavi Private Selection Wine & Cheese Gift Basket
(Courtesy of Tim McDonough, ADM/Alfrebro Specialty Ingredients)
Cooking Lesson for Two
(Courtesy of Ritchie Bolante, Sovereign Flavors)
4 Hour Photobooth Service
(Courtesy of Polo Campos, PS Photobooth)
(Courtesy of Jose De La Mora)
Boneless Prime Rib Roast
(Courtesy of David & Nina Ames)
BeTini Cocktail Basket
(Courtesy of Julie Stevens & Robin Mayorkas, Betini)
Picnic Basket for Two
(Courtesy of Edith Quezada, Brenntag)
Anaheim Ducks Tickets & Dinner
(Courtesy of Mark West & Hannah Nishimoto, Northwest Naturals)
Lakers vs. Clippers Tickets
(Courtesy of Sovereign Flavors)
Additionally, we had a number of cash donations from Country Smooth Spirits, Sophia Pollack, Sylvia Alvarado, Andrew and Thao McGrath, as well as anonymous cash donations.
The donations were set up in our Tasting Room, allowing guests to put down bids for their desired items. With excitement in the air over so many incredible donations, we even had a few bidding wars (all in good fun) as the bids came to a close at 6:30pm sharp.
All in all, our efforts were extremely successful, allowing us to raise a total of $7,500 for St. Jude. Our hearts are filled with overwhelming gratitude to our suppliers, vendors, customers, and employees who all made the evening such a beautiful and memorable night. Thank you again to all who attended, and thank you all for the extremely generous donations.
We’re already planning to make this a yearly event, and look forward to making the next one bigger and better (save the date for early February 2024). We can’t wait to see you there!