Nearly 400 guests joined the fight to end hunger at our 23rd annual Main Event Fundraiser. This year’s theme was Knock Out Hunger!, which provided an opportunity for Samaritan House supporters to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our robust food assistance program.
The evening began with dynamite drinks, five unique silent auctions and a photo opportunity for the premium ticket holders with Celebrity Master Chef, Martin Yan. As the emcee, Yan ran the action packed program from center ring. Festivities included an elegant dinner, a live auction including a fund-a-need paddle raise for the food program and even a surprise cooking demonstration from Chef Yan himself.
Samaritan House CEO, Bart Charlow, thanked everyone who contributed to making the event possible. The impact of the Food Program shined with the help of a client speaker who shared her personal story and inspired discussion of the real struggles that low-income families face every day.
The live auction was led by auctioneer Alison Lustbader of KLM Auctions, and offered everything from a Maui vacation in paradise to an Ultimate Sports Fan Package with all access tickets to several of the most famous San Francisco sporting events. Guests finished off the evening in style, dancing to the swanky sounds of the Bay Area’s own Pure Ecstasy, others stepped out to the lobby where Chef Yan was signing a selection of his recent cookbooks.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Samaritan House’s Food Services Program which provides over 156,000 hot meals and 40,000 bags of groceries annually to families in need in our community. http://samaritanhousesanmateo.org/main-event-2015/.