Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica, in conjunction with guest chef Luis Pous of Little Palm Resort, Florida, helped raise $30,000 at a January 31st dinner to benefit Doctors Without Borders and its earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
Approximately 160 guests attended the sold-out dinner at Wilshire, 2454 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, restaurant managers said. Actor Paul Ben-Victor of “Entourage” and “The Wire” served as the event’s emcee.
The dinner’s silent auction, which included library wines, entertainment packages and travel and sports tickets, raised over $16,000 for Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization, managers said. The highest winning bid was $4,000 for an exclusive three-night stay at Little Palm Island in Florida.
Managers said that the restaurant staff was galvanized to take action in light of the devastating earthquake and rallied together to organize the benefit dinner. Donations were secured from food and wine vendors to contribute 100 percent of the evening’s proceeds to Doctors Without Borders, managers said.