By Kristie Sanchez
Sunset Center, located in the heart of Carmel, is well-known for hosting some of the Monterey Bay’s most exquisite talent, from classical musical performances and Broadway productions to graceful ballets. Their events calendar is always packed with entertainment.
On Saturday, May 24, Sunset Center will host its second annual gala, “Mood Indigo-Martinis, Manhattans and Memories,” a 1950s supper club theme that ties in Sunset Presents’s performance of The Four Freshmen ensemble. Last year’s gala attracted over 150 attendees and raised $70,000 to support the center’s development including their acclaimed regional arts-in-education program, Classroom Connections. The Sunset Center promises their second annual gala will be bigger and better than last year’s. “We are thrilled with the enthusiastic early response to our second annual gala event, which supports everything that Sunset Center does for the community, from our diverse programming and outreach/education efforts to facility maintenance and improvements for our users and tenants,” says Executive Director Christine Sandin.
The night will kick off at 5 p.m. with a warm red-carpet welcome featuring signature cocktails, gourmet hors d’oeuvres, and champagne. Guests will then enjoy a delectable four-course dinner from award-winning chef Kurt Grasing of Grasing’s Restaurant along with wine pairings from Hahn Estate Vineyards.
Between courses, guests will have the chance to bid on items in a live auction led by special guest emcee Erin Clark. The 12 fabulous auction packages include jewelry, yacht club events, hotel stays, and much more. One such auction item includes Sam Linder’s beautiful timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, suitable for eight people.
Following dinner, the night will continue with the gala moving inside the theater for a performance by The Four Freshmen, a 1950s-inspired smooth jazz vocal group. Said by many to be the best of their time, The Four Freshmen’s vocals add a modern twist of elegance to timeless sounds. “This evening will consummate entertainers The Four Freshmen, who promise to deliver a magical experience not soon forgotten,” adds Sandin. Intermissions peppered throughout the performance will beckon with port wines and exquisite chocolates in the gala tent. As the gala winds down, guests will have an opportunity to participate in the artist meet-and-greet while enjoying after dinner drinks and a special dessert surprise. “Please consider joining us on May 24 in support of the beloved Sunset Center,” concludes Sandin.
For more information, visit Sunset Center at sunsetcenter.org. Tickets for the gala range from $69 – $275. Black tie or “’50s Supper Club” dress is highly encouraged.