San Diego – May 18, 2018 – On the evening of Friday, May 11, approximately 600 attendees filled the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine for the 27th annual Mama’s Day celebration, raising $170,000 for Mama’s Kitchen. The funds raised will help Mama’s Kitchen to fulfill its mission by providing more than 58,000 meals free of charge to local women, men and children vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer or other critical illnesses.
Presented by Nordstrom and hosted by Sycuan, the evening featured delectable dishes from 57 top of the line San Diego restaurants, hotels, catering companies and executive chefs, including newcomers Farmer and Seahorse, Pisco Rotisserie, Smokeyard BBQ and Chop Shop. Guests participated in a fund-a-meal program with an opportunity to bid on an extensive silent auction, as well as an opportunity drawing to win fabulous prizes. Longtime Mama’s Kitchen supporter Sam “The Cooking Guy” Zien returned to Mama’s Day as this year’s culinary host. He dazzled VIP guests with a pre-party private cooking presentation, which also featured a surprise flash mob performance from the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus who performed “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
“Mama’s Day is our annual celebration where we can celebrate our wins alongside our staff, clients, volunteers and donors – all the people that lift Mama’s Kitchen up and make it what it is,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. “We are honored to continue to do the good work of our founders, while expanding this mission to the critically ill this last year. With these funds, we will be honored to touch more lives and provide nutritious meals to thousands of San Diegans in need.”
About Mama’s Kitchen
Mama’s Kitchen was founded in 1990 when volunteers from the AIDS Assistance Fund discovered that many of their clients were becoming too ill to take care of themselves. They realized that a reliable home meal delivery service was needed to ensure that these individuals would continue to receive nutritious, life-sustaining food. In 2004, Mama’s Pantry was opened to provide individuals with HIV who are able to prepare meals the opportunity to supplement their nutritional needs.
During the past 28 years, Mama’s Kitchen has served over eight million meals and has never turned away a client who qualified for our services. Our commitment to our clients remains unchanged and in May 2017 Mama’s Kitchen expanded its mission to serve San Diegans affected by HIV, cancer or other critical illnesses. Mama’s Kitchen currently provides delivered meals, pantry services and nutrition education services to over 1,200 men, women and children in San Diego County annually. Learn more and make a donation at www.mamaskitchen.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.