Actress Sarah Chalke Co-Hosts A Unique and Intimate Dining Experience to Benefit the Kawasaki Disease Foundation

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (August 21, 2013) – The Kawasaki Disease Foundation announces a star-studded lineup of celebrity chefs to join researchers, local community members and families touched by Kawasaki Disease (KD) for the 5th Annual “To Save a Child’s Heart” gala event. The event, benefiting Kawasaki Disease Research at both Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego and UC San Diego’s KD research program, will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines.

The 2013 “To Save a Child’s Heart” gala will offer guests the unique opportunity to dine at a celebrity chef hosted table. Guests, seated at intimate tables of eight people, will enjoy a five-course dinner prepared tableside by one of the 21 celebrity chefs. Just as no two chefs are alike, no two tables will have the same dining experience. Each of the 21 chefs will not only create a custom menu for the table, but will prepare and serve it exclusively to their tables. Ticket sales go to support ongoing research of Kawasaki Disease and its origins, treatments and possible prevention.

“It is such a unique and special experience to have so many talented chefs all in one room and be able to watch them prepare these amazing dishes right in front of you,” says gala chair and local KD parent Jenn Phillips. “We are honored to work with these chefs as they support the KD Foundation in raising funds for ongoing Kawasaki Disease research and KD awareness. This is truly an event not to be missed.”

More than 90 children are diagnosed and treated each year at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. The illness is four to five times more common than some more publicly recognized diseases of children, such as tuberculosis or bacterial meningitis. Dr. Jane C. Burns, one of the world’s leading researchers of Kawasaki Disease, leads the charge here in San Diego and has many grateful patients. “After your child has Kawasaki Disease, and you learn first hand that there is no known cause, diagnostic test, or cure, you want to do something significant so that other children won’t have to suffer”, says Comischell Rodriguez, a KD parent. “Dr. Burns saved my daughter Elizabeth’s life by diagnosing her in time. She was very hard to diagnose since she was fifteen at the on-set of her illness. We are very fortunate to be here in San Diego where doctors have heard about the signs and symptoms of KD.”

Hosted in part by Honorary Chair, Sarah Chalke, actress and KD parent; Honorary Chef Nate Appleman, Food Network personality, Culinary Director for Chipotle and also a KD Parent; and MC Cayne Collier, Comedian and Emcee, this year’s gala event will help bring further awareness to The Kawasaki Disease Foundation. Chalke, Appleman and Collier join the Kawasaki Disease Foundation in the fight for continued research and hope for a diagnostic test.

Joining, Appleman will be celebrity chefs from across the country including: Alex Bourgo, George’s at the Cove (La Jolla, CA), William Bradley, Addison at the Grand Del Mar (Del Mar, CA), Chad Colby, Chi Spacca (Los Angeles, CA), Gerard Craft, Niche (St. Louis, MO), Jordan Davis, Fish Public (San Diego, CA), Vinny Dotolo, Animal (Los Angeles, CA), Ben Ford, Ben’s Filling Station (Culver City, CA), Jeremy Fox, Rustic Canyon (Santa Monica, CA), Amanda Freitag, Food Network (New York, NY), Matt Gordon, Solace Restaurants and Sea & Smoke (San Diego, CA), David Hernandez, Rubicon Resources (Los Angeles, CA), Gavin Kaysen, Café Boulud (New York, NY), Mourad Lahlou, Aziza (San Francisco, CA), Joe Magnanelli, Cucina Urbana (San Diego, CA), Jeff Mahin, Stella Barra (Santa Monica, CA), David Nayfeld, Fifty Seven (Los Angeles, CA), Tony Quartaro, Balena (Chicago, IL), David Umatum, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines (La Jolla, CA), Chad White, Plancha Baja Med (San Diego, CA), Tandy Wilson, City House (Nashville, TN)..

The cocktail-attire, event begins at 5:00 p.m. with a special VIP reception; 5:30pm for general tickets with appetizers, cocktails and silent auction. Later, in the ballroom, guests will enjoy a celebrity chef hosted dinner, entertainment, and have the opportunity to bid in the Live Auction.

Proceeds from the event go directly to benefit Kawasaki Disease Research at the University of California, San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. Chef Tables are sold in groups of eight, beginning at $2500. General tickets sell for $300 per person and VIP tickets for $400 per person.                 

Tables and Tickets can be purchased online at www.KDFoundation.org or by contacting Jenn Phillips at (858) 688-8292. For more event information, please visit www.KDFgala.org

About Kawasaki Disease:

Every year, more than 5,000 new children in the United States are diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease. KD is an inflammation of blood vessels throughout the body that primarily affects young children and infants. It is the leading cause of acquired heart disease in children. The exact cause of KD is unknown, but early detection and treatment can prevent permanent cardiac damage..

About Kawasaki Disease Foundation:

In October 2000, a group of parents and professionals collaborated to create the Kawasaki Disease Foundation (KDF), the only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to addressing issues related to Kawasaki Disease. KDF was a by-product of a highly successful event, the Kawasaki Disease Parent's Education Symposium, which was sponsored by Children's Hospital Boston and the Heart Council at Children's Hospital. This event brought together over 150 parents from around the United States and Canada to learn current and accurate information from a team of internationally recognized experts and to promote peer support among families and patients. Kawasaki Disease Foundation strives to be at the forefront of Kawasaki Disease issues by uniting the personal insight of families with the expertise of medical professionals. For additional information about Kawasaki Disease or KD Research, please visit www.KDFoundation.org.