On Saturday, November 11, 2017, American Honda Motor Co. Inc., and Board Member Steve Morikawa, generously hosted friends of the Torrance Police Foundation for a night of culinary delights, wine pairings and a high end silent auction. Set at the beautiful Napa Rose restaurant located in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa, the evening helped raise close to $50,000 for the Torrance Police Foundation that will help fund grants to the Torrance Police in the areas of advanced equipment and training, youth programs and community outreach programs.
“We are so thankful to Honda, one of our first founding sponsors, for their on-going and generous support of the Foundation and belief in our mission to make a safer Torrance. The Honda Evening at Napa Rose event is the highlight of our year, where supporters come together to celebrate all we have achieved. Steve Morikawa and his staff were exceptional on creating a very memorable evening.” said Robin Garfield, Executive Director of the Foundation.
The evening began with a cheese and wine tasting, while guests bid on exclusive opportunities including a day at the firing range and ride-along with the Torrance Police, a stay at Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii, Tiffany jewelry and Signature passes to Disneyland.
Guests enjoyed a buffet dinner and had the opportunity to view the food preparation while chefs explained how the culinary masterpieces were created. Highlights included: Snow Crab Claws, Poached Shrimp with Cocktail Sauce, Grilled Prime New York with Pumpkin & Artichoke Cabernet Essence, Herb Roasted Colorado Rack of Lamb with Portobello Mushrooms, Spiced Prosciutto and Ponderosa Chili Sauce, and Pan Roasted Diver Scallops with Lemon Lobster Sauce, to name a few.
Captain Jon Megeff of the Torrance Police cancelled an already purchased trip to Las Vegas to attend. “My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Honda Evening at Napa Rose. The food, wine, and silent auction were amazing, but what I appreciated most was the conversation with Torrance Police Foundation board members, donors, supporters, and fellow officers. I’m already looking forward to next year! shared Megeff.
Guests included several of our Founding Sponsors including Tim and Twana Rogers of Tower Energy, Francesca and Doug Deaver, along with Torrance Mayor Pat Furey and his wife Teresa and Councilmember Martin Herring, as well as many of the police officers who will benefit from the evening’s success.
Board Members in attendance included: Steve Morikawa of American Honda Co., Board Chair Hank Parker of PDM LLP, David Buxton of Tormed Medical Buildings, Patrick Santy of George P. Johnson Co., Jeff Kuida of LA Prep, John Whitcombe of Greenberg Whitcombe, Takeuchi, Gibson & Grayver LLP, Robert Van Lingen of Van Lingen Towing, Terry Ray of Barrister Executive Suites, Jack Messerlian, former Torrance Citycouncil member, Greg Nakahira of Picerne Group, Frank Scotto, former Mayor of Torrance, and Dan Armendariz from California Water Service.