20th Annual Chez Melange For Our Children Food and Wine Festival

Mark your calendars for the 20th Annual Chez Melange For Our Children Food and Wine Festival to be held on Sunday, May 1, 2005 at 20911 Earl St. in Torrance (across from Little Company of Mary Hospital). 

L-R - Auction co-chairs Chris Leist and MaryRose Jeffry (front) are hard at work with their team members Diana Garcia, Angie Velleca and Martha Sobel at the 2004 For Our Children event

Over 90 restaurants and wineries participate in this popular South Bay event.  For Our Children proceeds will benefit the Little Company of Mary Partners for Healthy Kids Mobile Pediatric Van and Sandpipers.  The Partners for Healthy Kids Pediatric Van is celebrating its eleventh year of helping children from underserved communities.  Annually, the van provides more than 20,000 free patient visits to children in need by traveling to school sites each week, providing free diagnosis and treatment of acute medical conditions, immunizations, health education, and screenings.  

Mini Cooper Convertible provided by Nick Alexander Imports

Sandpipers assisted over25,000 individuals in the South Bay last year through various programs including back to school shopping for disadvantaged students, scholarships to college bound students, holiday baskets to families in need, and many other wonderful programs.  

L-R - Mary Athans-Bartlett, Blair Contratto, Vicky Ryan and Ruth Ip enjoying the 2004 For Our Children Food & Wine Festival

There will be live and silent auctions as well as a raffle for a Mini Cooper Convertible provided by Nick Alexander Imports. Tickets for the raffle are $100 each, maximum 300 to be sold.
Preferred seating ($120) (table of 10 for $1,200) begins at 2:00 p.m. and general admission ($90) begins at 2:30.
Live auction will take place at 5:00 p.m. and the event will wind up at 6:00 p.m.
For tickets or more information call (310) 374-1748 or visit www.sandpipers.org


Founders Robert Bell and Michael Franks speaking with Merrill Shindler at the 2003 event

Sponsors for the 20th Annual Chez Melange For Our Children Food and Wine Festival are Aztec Tents & Events, travelstore, Kahala Mandarin Oriental, Hawaiian Airlines, Holland America, The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Nick Alexander Imports, FastSigns Torrance and Bennett Landscape.

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