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TORRANCE, CA, June 18, 2014 – Multi GRAMMY-Award winners Tia Carrere and Daniel Ho will perform hits from their Hawaiian music albums at the 28th annual “Honda Evening Under the Stars” Gourmet Food & Wine Festival, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Hosted by American Honda at its Torrance campus, the event celebrates the best in South Bay cuisine, while raising funds for nonprofit Torrance Memorial Medical Center. The evening will also feature hula performances by Keali’I Ceballos and Halau.

“The community looks forward to this long-standing tradition each year to sample fine fare, catch up with old friends and make new ones,” said Laura Schenasi, executive vice president, Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation. “We’re so grateful Honda once again invited us to benefit from this event, which helps us to advance our fundraising goals. There are still many opportunities to support the medical center with new equipment and programs as we put finishing touches on the new Lundquist Tower, which is scheduled to open later this year.”

The Festival, presented in partnership with the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. In line with the evening’s Hawaiian theme, the attire will be elegant Hawaiian. Tickets are $150 per person, $250 per pair or $4,000 for table sponsors (10 guests per table) and can be purchased by calling the Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation at 310-517-4703, the Chamber at 310-540-5858, or by visiting

"Honda is pleased to bring a spirit of aloha to Evening Under the Stars,” said Steve Morikawa, assistant vice president, Corporate Community Relations, American Honda. “This event has become a great summer tradition with our friends in the community, and we're looking forward to joining our restaurant and beverage partners to benefit Torrance Memorial."

Funds raised from the event will benefit Torrance Memorial’s new Lundquist Tower and Pediatric Services. This marks the ninth consecutive year Honda has chosen Torrance Memorial as the event’s beneficiary. In that time, Evening Under the Stars has raised nearly $900,000 for Torrance Memorial. Last year a sell-out crowd of more than 1,000 community members attended, with $200,000 of the evening’s proceeds donated to Torrance Memorial.

To date, the following restaurants and beverage partners will be offering their fare and tastings at the Festival:
  • Depot/Buffalo Fire Department
  • Disneyland Resort
  • Doubletree by Hilton Torrance-South Bay
  • Fresh Brothers
  • Gourmet Grindz & The Good Cookies
  • Honda Classic/PGA Tour Professional Wines
  • Il Fornaio
  • Island Eats Hale Aina
  • Jackson's Food & Drink
  • Kincaid's
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes
  • Ortega 120
  • Palos Verdes Golf Club
  • Paul Martin's American Grill
  • Red Car Brewery & Restaurant
  • Riboli Family Wine Estates / San Antonio Winery
  • Rock & Brews El Segundo
  • Rock N' Fish
  • Salt Creek Grille
  • Zinc @ Shade
  • Sushi Chef
  • Torrance Marriott South Bay
Approximately 80 varietals of wine will be served, and professional sommeliers from The Disneyland Resort will be on hand to educate guests about wine. For an up-to-date list of participating restaurants, entertainment details and other event information, visit the Festival’s Facebook page at

In conjunction with this year’s event, Opportunity Drawing tickets will be sold through participating food and beverage partners for a chance to win a 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid EX-L (MSRP $31,905). Each partner will select one registered 501(c) 3 organization in good standing that serves the South Bay community to benefit from drawing proceeds. If no charity is selected, the funds will go to the Torrance Memorial Health Care Foundation. Tickets are $25 each or five (5) for $100.

As part of the event’s festivities, guests will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction for exclusive items and experiences, including entertainment packages, sporting events and memorabilia, dining, travel, local outings and specialty items.

American Honda created the Gourmet Food & Wine Festival in partnership with the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce in 1987 as a way to bring corporate business, residents, and local commerce together with city officials for a relaxing community celebration.

The $450 million, 398,250-square-foot Lundquist Tower is scheduled to be completed in November, 2014.

About Torrance Memorial Medical Center

Founded in 1925 by Jared Sydney and Helena Childs Torrance, Torrance Memorial Medical Center is a locally governed, 401-bed, nonprofit medical center established to provide quality healthcare services, predominantly to the residents of the South Bay, Peninsula and Harbor communities. Torrance Memorial seeks to offer the most current and effective medical technologies rendered in a compassionate, caring manner. In 2012, it joined the ranks of the top hospitals in the nation by earning coveted Magnet® recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, which recognizes nursing excellence. Torrance Memorial has also been ranked as one of the best hospitals for 2013-14 in California and the Los Angeles metro area for the second year straight by U.S. News & World Report, placing the hospital in the top 6 percent in the state. The report recognized Torrance Memorial for providing high performing and quality care in six specialty areas: geriatrics, nephrology, urology, gynecology, orthopedics and endocrinology/diabetes. For more information please visit:

About American Honda

Honda is one of the world's leading producers of mobility products including its diverse line-up of automobiles, motorcycles and ATVs, power products, and marine engines. More than 90 percent of Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. are produced in North America, using global and domestically sourced parts. Honda is committed to supporting the communities where we work and live. Through a broad range of community initiatives, charitable giving, foundation grants, and volunteerism, Honda seeks to create value for society and bring joy to people’s lives.

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