One of two annual fundraiser events held to sustain and enhance Kingsley House programs and services, “A Benefit Under the Stars” raised funds to meet the ever-evolving needs of the more than 7,000 children, families, seniors, veterans, mentally-fragile adults and caregivers who the organization serves annually.
A Patron Party welcomed guests with glasses of sparkling wine and mingling with Celebrity Chefs while enjoying light hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.
At the gala, guests were welcomed by Kingsley House Board President Miles Channing Thomas. Vincent J. Giardina, CPA and Trustee of Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, spoke of the Trust’s passion for the work of Kingsley House. Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski spoke of their long-standing support of Kingsley House and their dedication to supporting organizations that have children and youth at the center of their mission.
Elegant table designs by Urban Earth included lanterns pierced with stars, accented with seed eucalyptus and white roses. Guests were treated to a private dinner prepared by some of the city’s award-winning chefs, including Nina Compton, Susan Spicer, Donald Link, Stephen Stryjewski and Maggie Scales.
This year’s Guiding Light Sponsor was the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust. The Culinary Sponsor was the Link Stryjewski Foundation and the Shooting Star Sponsors were NFP | The Meltzer Group and Butler Holding Company.
Event at a Glance
What: “A Benefit Under the Stars at the Pavilion for Tomorrow,” benefiting Kingsley House
When: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Where: Pavilion for Tomorrow
Willie Michael and Board Member Dominique Wilson with Board Member Ben Butler
Margi Sunkel, Georgia Wilson, Jared Austin and Kelli Towers