photos provided by FEEDING AMERICA SAN DIEGO

An Elegant Evening to Support Local Families

The staff-members and volunteers of Feeding America San Diego (FASD) pulled out all the stops last month for their 3rd Annual Sunset Soirée. Over 300 guests enjoyed the evening in the Turf Club courtyard at the Del Mar Racetrack.

The night began with cocktail hour, where guests could mingle and sip handcrafted cocktails to the sound of live music. Next was dinner and a live auction, which kicked off with a fun table activity. Each table chose an auctioneer to sell a bottle of wine to the rest of their table – the winner at each table got to take home the wine, and the winner who bought the wine for the highest amount out of all the tables got a cooking lesson and gourmet dinner for ten at Gwendolyn Sontheim Meyer’s home.


A highlight of the auction itself was the left-handed guitar signed by Sir Paul McCartney, which sparked a spirited bidding war that closed at $20,000. That wasn’t the end, though – the winner declared that she would give the guitar to anyone else who also bid $20,000, so long as her donation went towards military families in need. Another bidder was happy to take her up on the offer.

The evening concluded with a lively performance by Chicago.

In total, the event raised over $426,000 to feed struggling families in San Diego. FASD reports that this amount represents over 2.5 million meals. The soirée was completely underwritten by Gwendolyn Sontheim Meyer, allowing every dollar raised to go directly to FASD’s mission. For more about FASD visit