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Third Annual Wine and Jazz Walk a Hit in Sierra Madre

 Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008


The third annual Sierra Madre Wine and Jazz Walk to benefit City of Hope took place last Saturday, and was a resounding success.  “We are still taking in money from the event but it looks like we will net approx. $50,000 for City of Hope, said Angel Throop, the driving force behind the event.  In its first year, the Walk donated $20,000 to City of Hope, and last year, $40,000.  According to Sindee Riboli, of the Riboli Family Wine Estates, which provided the wine being served on Saturday, there were more than twelve hundred tickets distributed as of the day before the event, which equaled last year’s total attendance after the event. 


According to Mrs. Throop, the Silent Auction was a major factor in this year’s increased preliminary numbers.  “The Silent Auction was a big success for being a first at the event.  We raised more than $6,000 on the auction alone.”


Thirty-two local businesses welcomed attendees to the event, which featured more than a dozen jazz ensembles/artists at venues throughout the downtown, some inside the businesses, and some at stages along the boulevard.  Mario Lalli, co-owner of Sierra Madre restaurant and jazz/blues club Café 322 coordinated the entertainment for the event.  Food from local restaurants, caterers and chefs was served at each of the participating businesses.  San Antonio Winery contributed to the atmosphere with more than the wine, providing many authentic wine barrels that were placed along the downtown streets, which were closed to vehicle traffic for the event.  San Antonio Winery also rolled out its classic antique 1929 Wine Truck, which was placed prominently at the corner of Baldwin Ave. and Sierra Madre. 


For the first time this year, The Wine and Jazz Walk was operated under the auspices of the City of Hope, and the Hospital got behind the Sierra Madre group’s efforts.  “We were privileged to have Dr. Michael Freidman, President of City of Hope, and his wife Libby join us for event, said Throop, adding “Everyone enjoyed the fabulous jazz while strolling the quaint downtown area.   Thanks to all the merchants of Sierra Madre, San Antonio Winery, the participating restaurants, sponsors & the City of Sierra Madre we can one day achieve the dream of a world without cancer!”


About City of Hope - City of Hope is recognized worldwide for its compassionate patient care, innovative science and translational research, which rapidly turns laboratory breakthroughs into promising new therapies. It is one of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers nationwide and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. An independent biomedical research, treatment and education institution, it is a leader in the fight to conquer cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases.


About San Antonio Winery - Since 1917, The San Antonio Winery has added flair and flavor to celebrations of friends and families throughout Los Angeles and the West.  Today, it is the last of more than one hundred producing wineries that once lined the Los Angeles River Basin.  It is a popular restaurant and legendary banquet location, a comprehensive tasting room, and an international wine shop with hundreds of domestic and imported labels.  The winery is an oasis of good living in the heart of the city.


Photos    More event photos


SM Wine and Jazz Walk 2008 Collector Glass

Lots of them, with City of Hope wristbands

T-shirts for sale

Signing in

Lots of signing in

Steamers was one of the participating businesses

Cameron from Steamers was pouring

Thelonious Dub at the Charcuterie Stage

Attitude also participated

Rusnak Auto was a sponsor

Foothill HomeCare Partners, Inc. was a sponsor

Kevin Drolet pouring samples at FHCP

FHCP partner Colleen McKernan

Brown's Furniture and Interior participated

Coconut Shrimp from Charcuterie was on the menu at Brown's

Iris Intrigue was a participating merchant

Curves, under new ownership, got involved, too

The Roger Cairnes Combo performed at Renaissance Plaza

Harmony Day Spa participated for the third year in a row

Harmony owner Jean Galbraith

WAMU was both a participant and a sponsor

Barney's Only Place in Town provided WAMU's food

Rotarian Rudy Hayek

Rotary president Carmen Thibault

Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Pub participated

Village Domain's Ben Smith checks out the fried fish at Lucky Baldwin's

Billy and Keith from the Bottle Shop preferred beer, I guess

Lisa Brandley

SMRFA volunteer coordinator Bonnie Colcher manned the SMRFA booth

The Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra performed at Kersting Court

A silent auction helped raise money

Savor the Flavor is a charter participant

Linda Knowles and David Hein

Chefelle serves up some meatballs

Denis Keegan, Karen Swisher and unidentified attendee

Another Rusnak display

The Bambergers, the Koerbers and an unidentified couple

San Antonio Winery was a presenting sponsor

Harlequin Gallery participated again this year

Sierra Fitness

Center for Well-being and The Hair Upstairs

Angels Everywear


Beacon Media photographer Terry Miller takes a shot of me, taking a shot of him

The Civic Club sold merchandise to help raise money...

More event photos

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