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Filoli Announces 2018 Fundraising Gala for the Next Generation


Pacific Paradise-Themed Gala Will Feature Menu Designed By Popular Chef Ravi Kapur

WOODSIDE, Calif. (PRWEB) July 19, 2018

Filoli today announced this year's fundraising gala, the Pacific Paradise Gala, will pay tribute to its past while supporting its strategic effort to be more relevant for future generations. Taking place on Friday, September 7th, the Pacific Paradise Gala will honor Filoli's special connection to the Pacific Isles with an inspired dinner in the garden by renowned chef, Ravi Kapur. The most recent tenants of Filoli, the Roth family, owned the Hawaiian-based Matson shipping company, the first vessel service to establish a connection between San Francisco and the Pacific Isles.

"Matson and Roth had an eye for innovation and they saw potential where others did not," said Kara Newport, Chief Executive Officer of Filoli. "They saw the potential of Hawaii as a tourist destination and the potential of Filoli as a one-of-a-kind property that would serve as their home and a place to entertain for the years to come. The connection between Filoli and Hawaii was evident throughout the Roth era -- the family often incorporated pieces of Hawaiian culture, including leis, flowers from Hawaii and Hawaiian music, into the events they hosted on the estate. Filoli is honored to pay tribute to the Roth family and the estate's special connection to the Pacific Isles with its Pacific Paradise Gala, while adding a modern twist and appealing to generations of the future."

The cocktail reception and sit-down dinner will be spearheaded by renowned culinary master Ravi Kapur, executive chef and co-owner of the highly-acclaimed Liholiho Yacht Club restaurant in San Francisco. Born in Hawaii, Ravi specializes in heritage-driven fare and flavors, and was named Food and Wine's Best New Chef in 2016. Ravi will design a special menu for the Pacific Paradise Gala, bringing the Hawaiian heritage to Filoli once again, with a contemporary twist. Filoli is excited to invite guests to be part of this re-innovation at its Pacific Paradise gala, which will raise funds to support the historic estate.

"We're excited to partner with Filoli on their annual fundraising gala this fall to help raise funds for this extraordinary historic estate," said Ravi Kapur, Executive Chef and Owner of Liholiho Yacht Club. "Our team will prepare heritage-driven plates for the cocktail reception and sit-down dinner menu, celebrating the Hawaiian heritage that is special to both me and Filoli."

The September 7th fall celebration will kick off at 6:00PM with cocktails in the sunken garden. A workshop station will be set-up for attendees to create their own tropical flower hair pieces or boutonnieres, with expert assistance from Filoli's talented volunteers. Guests also have the option to attend a special VIP cocktail experience with Ravi Kapur at 5:30PM for themed wine and hors-d'oeuvre pairings, at an additional $150 per person. From there, guests will enjoy dinner in the garden, featuring a range of dishes made by Ravi that incorporate fresh ingredients sourced from local farms, ranches and Filoli's own orchards. Dinner will be accompanied with live music from The Alcatraz Islanders.

A live auction will take place during dinner and will feature a range of unique packages, including a Bay Tree Bowl crafted from a tree on the estate filled with treats from Filoli, a photography session in the Filoli gardens, a one-of-a-kind horticulture experience with Head of Horticulture Jim Salyards, an exclusive Filoli swim party for 40, and a Murder Mystery dinner for 20 in the historic mansion. The evening will wrap with treats from See's Candies and coffee in the sunken garden from 9:00PM - 10:00PM. Cocktail attire is encouraged.

Ticket and Sponsorship Information

Individual tickets will be available for purchase beginning July 20th. Tickets start at $350 per person for the Gala Dinner and $500 per person for the VIP cocktail reception with Ravi Kapur and Gala Dinner.

The Pacific Paradise Gala will be sponsored by See's Candies. Additional sponsor opportunities are available in the following tiers:

Table Sponsor ($5,000)
4 tickets to the VIP Cocktail Experience with Ravi Kapur
8 tickets to Cocktails in the Sunken Garden
8 tickets to Dinner
Table with signage
Listing in Event Program and website
Corporate Partner Day: includes free admission to Filoli for all of the company's employees on a day of their choosing along with special signage around the property to recognize the organization's support

Supporting Sponsor ($10,000)
8 tickets to the VIP Cocktail Experience with Ravi Kapur
8 tickets to Cocktails in the Sunken Garden
8 tickets to Dinner
Table with signage
Listing in Event Program and website
Corporate Partner Day

Half-Table Sponsor ($2,500)
2 tickets to the VIP Cocktail Experience with Ravi Kapur
4 tickets to Cocktails in the Sunken Garden
4 tickets to Dinner
Recognition at the table
Listing in Event Program and website
Corporate Partner Day

The Pacific Paradise Gala Fund-A-Need will be dedicated to Filoli's School Programs, which educate thousands of local school children, engaging them with nature, history and art at Filoli. With the community's support, Filoli will deliver four immersive programs this year and will offer bus support and program fee waivers to undeserved Bay Area schools. Proceeds from the event will also support Filoli's mission, from the care of the historic house, magnificent gardens and vast nature preserve to the events and programs that will keep Filoli culturally relevant for the next 100 years.

For more information on the Pacific Paradise Gala, please visit or contact Susan O'Sullivan,; 650-364-8300 ext. 225.

About Filoli: Located in Woodside, CA, Filoli boasts 654 acres of historic beauty nestled along the slopes of California's coastal range. The historic property features a 54,000+ square foot Georgian revival style mansion, 16 acres of exquisite English Renaissance gardens, a 6.8-acre Gentleman's Orchard, and a nature preserve with over 7 miles of hiking trails. Established as a private residence in 1917, Filoli was open to the public in 1976 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Filoli is dedicated to the preservation and stewardship of the cultural traditions and is considered one of the finest remaining country estates of the 20th century. For more information about Filoli, visit


Filoli Historic House and Garden
86 Cañada Road
Woodside, CA 94062

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