Dave Sanford and Stephen Dotoros were among the hosts, assisted by
their four-pound pooch, Rockie.
"Thank you all for coming," Sanford told his guests. "Your hearts
are huge. When I sent out the invitations, I thought we wouldn't even
get 20 responses."
Turned out that Sanford had to remove all the furniture from his
living room to fit in a table big enough to accommodate the 26 guests
who accepted the invitation.
"This house will raise $3,100," Sanford said.
Guests paid $125 each to attend the dinners. Donations from
restaurants and the hosts keep down the overhead.
Mark's restaurant contributed the pork entree at the
Sanford/Dotorus dinner. They shared a donation of desserts from
Madison Square and Garden Cafe with other hosts.
French 75, 5 Feet and Cafe Zinc donated appetizers to all the
hosts. Trader Joe's supplied the Artisan breads that accompanied the
soup provided by Sundried Tomato. Farantelli's donated pasta salad.
Wines were poured courtesy of Cedar Creek Inn (and Len's Wine Cite at
Sanford's). Deserts were donated by 230 Forest, Gelson's and Neff
Neft Catering, whose chocolate ganache tart swirled with caramel
sauce was to die for.
Even the service at the dinners was donated.
Laguna Beach High School students Leah Edwards, daughter of
Friendship Shelter board Chair Jill Edwards, and Julia Abel served
the guests at the Sanford/Dotorus dinner. The lush crushed velvet
tablecloth was lent by Kathy Abel, who helped found the event. Garden
Gate created the four floral centerpieces that punctuated the five
silver candelabra that lighted the table.
Invitations to the fund-raiser were printed by Super Printers in
Irvine, of which Sanford is the president.
Dinners were also hosted by Marlene and Terry Baker, Mary and Dan
Shapero and Ketta and Jeb Brown at the Brown home; Stephanie and Bob
Mister; Ellin and the Rev. Colin Henderson, Charlotte and George
Masarik and Gen and Robert McMenomy, at the Marsarik home; Barbara
and Greg McGillvray, Jany and George Gade and Bruce Dwyer, at the
Gade's Emerald Bay home -- they alternate with the McGillivrays;
Stephanie and Kevin Donavan; Judy and Doug Anderson; Lauren and
Richard Packard; Sue Freeman and John Hancock, Joy Dittberner and Tom
Peters and Paola and Richard Bisson, at the Freeman/Hancock home;
Gina and Philip Chironis; and Cindy and Robert Ortiz/Plant.
Friendship Shelter board Chair Edwards chaired the event and
hosted a dinner with her husband, Steve.
Proceeds from the dinners will help house, feed and provide
services to 29 homeless men and women for up to 60 days, more than
200 a year. Some residents will transfer to Henderson House, a
fully-equipped, eight-unit apartment complex in San Clemente that
provides independent living for 24 adults for six-to-12 months.
For more information about Friendship Shelter or to make a
donation, call 494-6631.
* BARBARA DIAMOND is a reporter for the Laguna Beach Coastline
Pilot. She may be reached at 494-4321.