Newport Beach-based Tarsadia Foundation honored at Illumination Foundation’s Chef’s Table gala

Illumination Foundation, non-profit organization with the mission to disrupt the cycle of homelessness, raised $1.5 million at their 11th Annual Chef’s Table Gala on March 24 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

Illumination Foundation honored Newport Beach-based Tarsadia Foundation for their long-time support of the organization, as well as Golden Eagle Foundation.

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Photos by Werkit Photo

(L-R) Honoree Tarsadia Foundation’s Maya Patel, Sunil Patel and Shivani Tarsadia

Newport Beach area eateries participating included the Farmhouse at Roger’s Garden, which is helmed by Ched Rich Mead, and The Pacific Club.

More than 400 philanthropic individuals, businesses and community leaders gathered to support Illumination Foundation and their mission to disrupt the cycle of homelessness. Among them were Lourdes Nark, Illumination Foundation board member and Chef’s Table co-chair Karen Jordan with Newport Beach residents/philanthropists Alison Hoeven and Linda Young.

Celebrity guests included actor John Stamos, actor Buck Taylor, and former Los Angeles Rams Quarterback Vince Ferragamo. Event proceeds will provide support for Illumination Foundation’s Children and Family Program at their family emergency homes.

“We are inspired by the generosity of our Chef’s Table sponsors, restaurant partners, and guests and their compassion for our mission to disrupt the cycle of homelessness,” said Dr. Pooja Bhalla, chief executive officer of Illumination Foundation. “We are pleased to honor Tarsadia Foundation and Golden Eagle Foundation for their ongoing support that has allowed us to provide housing and healthcare for those in need. Thanks to our many supporters, families in our family emergency homes have a safe place to stay and receive supportive services on their journey to permanent housing. Together, we can empower one another to bring change to the community and bring more families home.”

Chef’s Table was presented by Disneyland Resort, a long-standing supporter of Illumination Foundation and its mission. Andrew Sutton, executive chef Disneyland Resort; Chef Amar Santana from Vaca; Chef Kori Sutton, and other acclaimed chefs from local restaurants along with 400 individuals, business and community leaders gathered to support Illumination Foundation.

Chef’s Table featured delicious food prepared tableside by each chef. Each table of guests had a unique dining experience interacting with their chef throughout the evening. The ballroom was breathtaking with tablescapes of flowers and other decor designed to showcase every restaurant and provide ambience that created an elegant setting. The evening included a reception, silent and live auctions, fund-a-need and an inspirational video featuring Illumination foundation clients.

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(L-R) Lourdes Nark, Illumination Foundation board member and Chef’s Table co-chair Karen Jordan with Alison Hoeven and Linda Young

Among the live auction items were a 21 Royal all-inclusive experience that included a private dinner party for up to 12 guests and park admission; a Rolex watch; a SoCal sports and entertainment package; a Razo Family Taste of Argentina dinner for 20 people at Villa Roma or Cambalache restaurants; a specialized bike; a Newport Beach coastal retreat for 12 at a home on the boardwalk and a taco dinner with wine pairing by Chef Wing Lam; a signed football by Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and a Wine & Dine dinner for 12 at The RANCH Restaurant in Anaheim.

Chef’s Table was co-chaired by Illumination Foundation board members Jacqueline DuPont-Carlson and Karen Jordan.

Illumination Foundation provides housing and healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. It served nearly 7,000 people in 2023 through their navigation centers/shelters, family emergency homes, recuperative care centers, multi-service centers, micro-communities, housing programs, and other community support services.


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