On September 26, Mama’s Kitchen supporters gathered together with old friends and new, celebrating 25 years of providing nutrition to men, women, and children in our community who are affected by the devastating effects of AIDS or cancer.

Co-chaired by Jon Bailey and Indra Gardiner Bowers, two long-time San Diegans and business leaders who met at one of Mama’s Kitchen’s first events 25 years ago, the 25th Anniversary celebration raised nearly $300,000 towards Mama’s annual food budget.

The theme of the evening was ‘Food is Love,’ and guests dined alfresco on a family style farm-to-table menu, sipped signature cocktails, and danced to DJ music. A live auction featured exclusive packages and a fund-a-need auction brought in donations to stock Mama’s Kitchen shelves with food.

Major sponsors included Gene Burkard, Frances Hamilton White, Phil & Ann White, Scripps, Sycuan Casino, Kaiser Permanente, MedImpact, Harrah’s Resort Southern California, The Hay Foundation, The Park, i.d.e.a., and Scatena Daniels Communications. SDG&E joined Mama’s Kitchen as a major program sponsor.

We are grateful to our sponsors, guests, and the many tireless volunteers who helped make our event a success. Our mission remains unchanged, and we continue to honor our commitment to fighting AIDS and cancer through the power of nutrition.