Walk With Sally hosted their spectacular 8th Annual White Light White Night event upon The Rooftop of the Plaza at Continental Park in Segundo this summer. Supporters of the nonprofit organization, adorned in an elegant variety of white couture, indulged in an incredible display of local restaurant’s noshes and libations that lined both sides of the rooftop to the horizon line. Each gourmet bite was insanely sensational and most difficult to deny. We partook most pleasurably in the generous offerings from the likes of Coni’seafood, R10 Social House, Ayara Thai Cuisine, Doma Kitchen, Simmzy’s, and Chef Brooke Williamson of Playa Provisions, Hudson House and The Tripel, as well as beverages and specialty cocktails from Patron, Stella Artois, and Ole Smokey Moonshine.
The Stella Artois bar served perfect pints of their refreshing brew. Creative displays of Patron bottles not only contributed to the decor, but Patron also hosted an incredible Mojito bar with fresh berries, mint leaves and more to muddle ourselves, with expert guidance of course. To top it off, we not only earned a sweet refreshing drink to sip, but received our very own Patron muddler engraved by an artisan right on the spot. We walked away with our very own Patron LaLaScoop muddler that I just can’t get enough of.
Silent and live auctions, a bustling red carpet and a Jack Daniel’s hosted VIP lounge filled with an elegant smattering of white booths and cabanas set the stage for a live performance by none other than 80s sensation, Berlin. The evening’s indulgences were amazing in and of themselves. But, what was even more spectacular was the reason why all of the guests showed up; to contribute to Walk With Sally’s mission of providing free of charge programs and services to mentor and support children who have a parent or sibling with cancer. The event raised a solid amount of funds for the organization’s programs and inspired even more individuals to support the nonprofit’s cause to provide an emotionally safe haven of healing for children struggling to handle the task of dealing with cancer in the family. Walk With Sally’s founder, Nick Arquette, greeted each of his guests on the red carpet with an open embrace and a huge smile. His spirit shined bright that night and he set the mood for a fantastically fun evening with heart.
Arquette honored Ryan Choura, the creative event visionary and founder of Choura Events, this year with The Beacon of Light Award, which honors individuals who give above and beyond year after year to help grow Walk With Sally’s mission. Nick said of Ryan, that he has been “an integral part of helping to creatively define White Light White Night for the past 6 years. His participation and dedication to Walk with Sally and White Light White Night highlights the amazing results that happen when businesses come forward to support charitable organizations.” Choura’s Los Angeles based boutique event rental company is emerging as a top 5 tenting company in the United States and has earned a nod on the Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies List of 2013 by the Los Angeles Business Journal and named a ’30 up and Coming’ event experts to watch by Special Events Magazine. He and has run events such as the Electric Daisy Carnival, The Taste of Beverly Hills, and a long list of non-profit galas, corporate gatherings and celebrations.
Benjamin Downs and Max Hunter were lovingly presented with the 2014 Friendship of the Year award in honor of being committed to being the best friends they can be. Benjamin, has mentored Max for 6 years through Walk With Sally. It is a powerful part of both of their lives. Before Berlin took the stage all eyes were set upon these two appreciative and loyal friends and upon the incredibly touching video shown of Max at age 10 speaking of his relationship with Benjamin that began only 2 months after the tragic loss Max’s father to cancer. Beautiful images of little Max and his dad passed before our eyes, as his mom also spoke of their loss and the importance of Max and Benjamin’s relationship. Benjamin, who suffered a similar loss, spoke about Max, the fun things they do together, Max’s intelligence and thirst for knowledge, his hopes for him, and their wonderful friendship. The final encouraging words caste upon the screen to close the short film sums up the beauty of what Walk With Sally inspires ~
“If your life has been touched by cancer
raise your light to the heavens above
and send blessings
to those who are no longer here
and to the loved ones that are left behind
know that your power
can be the light to guide a child home
be a light
be a mentor” Walk With Sally
White Light White Night was an evening to remember and brought Walk With Sally’s important and beautiful mission to the forefront of so many people’s hearts and minds. It’s definitely an event to catch and an organization to support in the coming years.