Feeding America San Diego Announces Inaugural Benefit Gala, 'Sunset Soirée,' with Sheryl Crow and Larry King

August 13, 2012

Both Larry King and Sheryl Crow will be live from La Jolla as Feeding America San Diego invites community leaders, philanthropists, and humanitarians to its inaugural fundraising gala, the "Sunset Soirée," set to take place at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club on Saturday, October 13.  Sure to be an unforgettable evening under the stars in La Jolla with Master of Ceremonies Larry King, Guests will take in a sunset on the beach while sipping fresh cocktails, experiencing delectable cuisine, and enjoying an exclusive performance by nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow.

“Sunset Soirée” is generously underwritten by the Meyer Family, allowing 100% of funds raised through tickets, tables and sponsorships to go directly to programs at Feeding America San Diego.  The Meyer Family, comprised of Gwendolyn Meyer (director of Aqualia Foundation) and her family have been major donors and longtime supporters of Feeding America San Diego since its founding in 2007. They have funded all expenses for the event so that every dollar raised goes back to the organization. Typically, funds raised at an event such as this also have to pay for expenses, then the balance goes to the charity's programs, but not for the Sunset Soirée!  Through key partnerships with corporate partners, food donors, grocery stores and the national member network, Feeding America San Diego provides six meals for every dollar donated.

Established in 2007, Feeding America San Diego (FASD) is San Diego’s largest distributor of food, more than 21.5 million pounds within the last year, and the only Feeding America affiliate in the county. FASD works closely with over 160 partner agencies, local school districts, corporate partners and a network of volunteers to serve 73,000 children, families and seniors in need each week. Devoted to feeding the hungry, advocating for a sustainable future, and educating the community, FASD is committed to building a hunger-free and healthy San Diego through innovative programs and collaborative partnerships.

The Sunset Soirée will begin on October 13th at 5:00 PM with cocktails on the north end of the beach.  At 6:30 PM, guests will promenade to the fountain. Dinner starts at 7pm.  At 7:30, guests will get the program with Master of Ceremonies Larry King, followed by an 8:00 PM auction.  The finalé will be an 8:45pm special acoustic performance with Sheryl Crow.

Sheryl Crow is a multi-platinum recording artist, cancer survivor, and passionate humanitarian who has sold over 35 million records worldwide. Her music incorporates elements of rock, folk, hip-hop, country, and pop. She has released seven studio albums, two compilations, and a live album, and has contributed to various film soundtracks. Additionally, Crow has garnered nine GrammyTM Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

In addition to her own work, Crow has performed with The Rolling Stones and has sung duets with Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, John Mellencamp, Kid Rock, Michelle Branch, and Sting among others. As an actress, Crow has appeared on various television shows including NBC’s 30 Rock, ABC’s GCB and Cougar Town, Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana Forever, and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.

Larry King is an American television and radio host whose work has been recognized with awards including two Peabodys and ten Cable ACE Awards. He began as a local Florida journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 1960s and became prominent as an all-night national radio broadcaster starting in 1978. From 1985–2010, he hosted the nightly interview TV program Larry King Live on CNN.

Contact Diane Woerner at (858) 452-3663 x127 for tickets, tables and sponsorship information. Ticket costs are as follows:  VIP table of 8 with meet and greet -$25,000;  Premier table of 8 - $6,000 (stage-center); Table of 8 - $4,000 (front-center); Individual premier ticket - $750 (front-center); Individual ticket - $500