A Perfect Evening
The Perfect Pairings Benefit Wine Pairing dinner was held on Friday, February 9 at Domenico Winery in San Carlos. It was the PERFECT evening to celebrate our 4th annual benefit with our community of supporters. Our guests enjoyed toasting the evening over prosecco and appetizers while listening to acoustic guitar and bidding in the silent auction followed by a delicious, 3-course, sit-down dinner paired with 3 different wines and three lucky winners each took home a magnum of wine paired with an exciting raffle prize.
Our guests also heard inspiring stories from two of our tutor/student pairs. Angela Banet who is a preschool teacher in the San Carlos School District and who has been volunteering with her same student for the past four years gave a heartfelt speech using her favorite quote from Malala to describe how tutoring makes a difference through “One Child, One Teacher, One Pen and One Book.” Jarod Blau, a senior at Sequoia High School, spoke sincerely about how he has been able to watch his student, David, grow from a 1st grader to a 4th grader and how his time with David has changed him as well. David concurred that tutoring with Jarod is “GREAT!”
Daniel Guhr, a corporate sponsor from Illuminate Consulting Group and a parent of children in our program, spoke with conviction in describing how having a tutor/mentor has made a difference for his children and has fostered their love of reading. Daniel thanked everyone for “the terrific impact they have made on the lives of the children who benefit from the work of Healthy Cities Tutoring.” We also give our heartfelt thanks to all of the sponsors, auction donors, and guests who contributed generously to Perfect Pairings and helped Healthy Cities Tutoring raise over $46,000 to help create more student/tutor pairings.
Please enjoy viewing the PHOTOS from Perfect Pairings here.
Please enjoy viewing the VIDEO of the inspiring speeches from Perfect Pairings here.
Executive Director, Donna Becht with HCT Board President, Lauren Pachkowski and HCT student, Ryann Kaplan