SOURCE: Lifehouse


April 12, 2010 10:00 ET

Lifehouse Celebrates 20 Years of Great Chefs & Wineries With April 24 Event

25 Top Bay Area Restaurants and 25 Award Winning Wineries Featured Along With Dancing and Auction to Raise Money to Help Those With Developmental Disabilities

SAN RAFAEL, CA--(Marketwire - April 12, 2010) -  On April 24th, Lifehouse ( will host its annual gala event, Great Chefs & Wineries ( This marks the 20th year that Lifehouse has hosted this black-tie affair, which brings together 50 leading area restaurants and wineries to show off their culinary expertise. Great Chefs & Wineries has gained a reputation for superb food, wine, and entertainment, and sells out every year. The event is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. and will be held at the Fireman's Fund Insurance company headquarters in Novato.

Proceeds from Great Chefs & Wineries go to support Lifehouse, which provides residential and support services for more than 300 individuals with developmental disabilities in Marin, Sonoma, and San Francisco. Lifehouse's mission is to improve their clients' quality of life by providing a lifetime of support through life-skills training, community integration, and advocacy in an atmosphere of respect, inspiration, and purpose.

This year Huey Lewis serves as Honorary Chairman, the Culinary Host is Heidi Insalata Krahling, owner of Insalata and Marinitas restaurants in San Anselmo, and the Master of Ceremonies is entertainment legend Bud E. Luv. In addition to an outstanding assortment of food, wine, and specialty drinks, there will be dancing to the music of the Robert Vickers Orchestra, and a live performance by Lifehouse clients. And there will be both a silent and live auction featuring such items as chef-catered dinner parties, fine wines, getaway trips, entertainment packages, and autographed music memorabilia.

"For the past 20 years, Great Chefs & Wineries has been our showcase event, raising critical funds for Lifehouse," said Nancy Dow Moody, Lifehouse president and CEO. "The consistent success is due to the generosity of the sponsors, restaurants, wineries, auction donors, guests, and volunteers. This year, their generosity means more than ever because of the difficult economic climate. We expect our 20th anniversary event will be our most successful to date, and will help us raise the funds we need to continue to serve our clients."

Sponsors for this year's event include: Founding Sponsor Fireman's Fund; Platinum Sponsors Brayton Purcell and Brydon Hugo & Parker; Emerald Sponsors The Jones Family and Marin Community Foundation; Media Sponsor the Marin Independent Journal; Print Sponsor Print-Mail-Solutions; and Stemware Sponsor Bank of Marin.

Individual tickets start at $200. For more information, visit

About Lifehouse

Since 1954, Lifehouse (formerly MARC) has been assisting individuals with developmental disabilities in Marin, Sonoma, and San Francisco counties, providing services such as life-skills training, community integration, advocacy, referrals, and information about support resources. With help from staff, donors, volunteers, and the local communities, Lifehouse strives to improve the quality of life for more than 300 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Lifehouse offers individualized programs and services that are provided in an atmosphere of respect, inspiration, and purpose.

For more information about Lifehouse and to learn more about volunteer and donation opportunities, visit the organization online at

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