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"A Taste 4 SPORTS"

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The 2023 "A Taste 4 SPORTS" held

June 1st at the Balboa Park Club was a great success as we honored 2023 'SPORTS Woman of the Year' Triathlete Lesley Paterson and raised $45,000. Over 200 guests sampled tastings from 13 Restaurants. Thank you to the Taste Sponsors who helped make the event a fantastic fundraiser benefiting SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes. Click here for the 2023 Auction & Raffle Winners.

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2023 "A Taste 4 SPORTS" 

The 16th Annual "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Gala Fundraiser is scheduled for Thursday, June 1st from 6-9pm featuring food & wine from 13 restaurants, personal chefs, caterers & wineries. Over 200 guests mingle with notable local & sports figures, enjoy music & bid on an exquisite array of auction items. 

 

S4EA is honoring as our 2023 'SPORTS Woman of the Year' Lesley Paterson. Lesley won 3 XTERRA Triathlon World Championships as well as co-wrote the screenplay of 'All Quiet on the Western Front' which won multiple Academy Awards this year.

2023 "A Taste 4 SPORTS"

Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 1, 2023

6-9pm  Music with band 'Beatle Trax'

             Tasting from Restaurants,

                Caterers & Wineries

6:30pm Master of Ceremonies -

                  Perette Godwin

6:45pm Honoring our 2023

            'SPORTS Woman of the Year'

             Triathlete Lesley Paterson

7:10pm Live Auction

7:50pm Silent Auction Section A

                  Tables Closing

8:05pm Raffle Closes

8:30pm Silent Auction Section B

                   Tables Closing

Proceeds benefit S4EA

The proceeds from the "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Fundraising Event benefit SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes — a non profit sports program serving 1,400 athletes with disabilities ages 5 through adult in over 20 sports during 4 sports seasons.

Highlights Include:

  • Sample Tasty Offerings from Local Restaurants and Caterers

  • Listen to Music with 'Beatle Trax' 

  • Participate in the Silent & Live Auction as well as the Raffle held live in the Balboa Park Club

  • Honor the 2023 'SPORTS Woman of the Year' Triathlete Lesley Paterson

  • Meet Celebrities such as NBA Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Walton & 'Mad' Mike from "Pimp My Ride"

  • Enjoy time seeing & talking face-to-face with our S4EA Athletes, Families & Friends

When: Thursday, June 1, 2023

Time:   6:00 - 9:00pm

Where: Balboa Park Club

              2144 Pan American Rd W

              San Diego, CA 92101

Reservations: $60.00 per person

Thank you for your support!

Bill Walton talking about

"A Taste 4 SPORTS" and

SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes

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2023 "A Taste 4 SPORTS" 'SPORTS Woman of the  Year' Triathlete Lesley Paterson 

Lesley Paterson was born & grew up in Scotland. At age 7, she became the only girl on the boys' Stirling County Rugby Club, becoming captain of the team & winning the Scottish Championship at age 10.

When no longer permitted to play rugby, Lesley took to running & then to Triathlons. Lesley moved to San Diego with her husband Simon Marshall. She received her master's degree in film theater from San Diego State University in 2005.

Lesley soon discovered extreme triathlons with XTERRA and finished 2nd at the 2009 XTERRA World Championship. She then went on to win the 2011, 2012 & 2018 XTERRA Triathlon World Championships.

Lesley Paterson Highlights:

  • Won the 2011, 2012 & 2018 XTERRA Triathlon World Championships

  • Won the 2015 XTERRA Costa Rica Triathlon with a broken shoulder

  • Wrote screenplay to ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ which won several Academy Awards this year

  • Won best adapted screenplay at the British Academy of Film & TV Arts.

  • Won Scottish Championship as only girl in rugby

  • Lived in San Diego & received master’s degree in theatre at San Diego State University

Source: Wikipedia 'Lesley Paterson'

Lesley Paterson Film Career

'All Quiet on Western Front' 

Lesley loved the anti-war novel 'All Quiet on the Western Front' and in 2006 bought the film rights to the book which she had to renew every year. In a guest essay for 'The Hollywood Reporter', Lesley wrote that "I believed in this story. All Quiet was the first war novel I had ever read that was completely stripped of its genre catnip — heroism and adventure. It is a story about hopelessness and helplessness, about betrayal and shock, about losing one's own humanity until the only thing you have left is war".

In 2016 Lesley entered the Costa Rica XTERRA Triathlon with a broken shoulder. She raced the swim stage using only one arm, finishing the stage 12 minutes behind. She moved up to second place in the bike course, and finished the race as the winner. She needed to then use the $6,500 prize money to meet the option payment for the film rights to All Quiet.

In 2023, Lesley commented, "Everything in the film industry is about timing and 16 years ago, WW1 was not in the zeitgeist. It was not a popular war to cover at the cinema and certainly not from the German side". 

The rest is history. Lesley wrote the screenplay to "All Quiet on the Western Front' which won several Academy Awards this year and won the best adapted screenplay at the British Academy of Film & TV Arts.

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Lesley Paterson

"A Taste 4 SPORTS"

2023 Sponsors

Gold Level ($5,000+)

  • Nick Brumbach

  • Idy Land Surveying

Silver Level ($1,000+)

  • Ahrens Family

  • HME

  • Jerry & Mary Ellen Harris Family

  • Richard Harris Family

  • Jackson/Snowdall Family

  • Greg Mitchell/Bill Randoll

  • Rathbun Family

  • Yates/Julius Family

Bronze Level ($500+)

  • Abuhari Boutique

  • Alvarez Family

  • Benavidez Family

  • Colors Gourmet Pizza

  • Cunningham Family

  • Clara Downes

  • Teresa Gillaspy

  • Glinatsis Family

  • Goldbaum Family

  • Jennifer Styer/Duane MacNeilan

  • Brian Miller

  • Kathy Nelson

  • Peters Family

  • Screaming Pete's BBQ

  • Super Wash & Dry Laundromat-Chula Vista

  • Triad Components Group

  • UDW Homecare Providers Union

 

Thank you to the support of our sponsors in helping to make the 2023 "A Taste 4 SPORTS" a financial success.

Sponsorship opportunities are available from $500 - $10,000. 

 

Contact

Clara Downes
SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes
8380 Vickers St., Suite E
San Diego, CA 92111

Phone: 858-565-7432
FAX: 858-496-7309
Email: clara@s4ea.org

Sponsorship Opportunities

$10,000 - Platinum

$5,000 - Gold Medal

$1,000 - Silver Medal

$500 - Bronze Medal

$100 - Blue Ribbon

Method of Payment:

  • Check to S4EA

  • Credit Card/Paypal

2023 Sponsorship

The 2023 "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Needs your Sponsorship!

 

We would be proud to be counted among the wonderful agencies that your company so generously sponsors.

At our "A Taste 4 SPORTS", SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes would like to recognize your contribution. The 'Sponsorship Benefits & Opportunities' sheet outlines the various Sponsorship Levels and Sponsorship Benefits, including being listed in the "A Taste 4 SPORTS" program, print & social media advertising, invitation, flyer, signage, and being listed on the S4EA website and newsletter.

Online Sponsorship Registration

 

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2023  Restaurants

 

Thank you very much for these restaurants, caterers, wineries, and breweries for providing the delicious food & drink at the 2023 "A Taste 4 SPORTS". 

Please support them now by using take-out, deliveries, or eating at these restaurants.

The 2023 "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Needs Restaurants to Donate a Menu Item 

 

Contact

 

Clara Downes
SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes
8380 Vickers St., Suite E
San Diego, CA 92111

Phone: 858-565-7432
FAX: 858-496-7309
Email: clara@s4ea.org

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The 2023 "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Needs Auction & Raffle Items

You can help make the 2023 "A Taste 4 SPORTS" a great success. We are in need of auction and raffle prize items, such as:

  • Great Getaways

  • Sports Memorabilia

  • Gift Certificates

  • Tickets

  • Art

  • & More

The auction & raffle will be held live in the Balboa Park Club on June 1.

Call S4EA at 858-565-7432 if you have any auction or raffle items that you would like to donate.

 2023 Taste Raffle 

R01  Fishing Trip

R02  Nine West Multi Shoulder Bag

R03  Jim Beam Cast Iron Grill Pan

R04  Barbie Statue of Liberty

R05  World Cup Honorary Captains

R06 USAopoly Games

R07  Doug Flutie Mint Card

R08  Super Bowl Program & Seat Cushion

R09  I Scream, You Scream

R10  Be Happy!

R11  Aztec Bball Tickets

R12  CA Center for Arts-Escondido

R13  Ice Town Carlsbad Skating

R14  Who let the dogs out!

R15  Bill Walton Autographed Photo

R16  Cats Meow!

       . . . and many more!​

2023 Taste Auction Packages

Section A

A01  Work It Up!

A02  Take Care!

A03  Aztec Bball Tickets

A04  San Diego Whale Watch

A05  Dream Dinners

A06  In-N-Out Gift Basket

A07  Tea Anyone!

A08  In-Home Wine Sampling

A09  Jump Around

A10  USAopoly Games

A11  Dinner and a Show

A12  2 Badgley Mischka Bags

A13  Glinda the Good Witch

A14  Get Cooking!

A15  BBQ Boss

A16  Garfield Special

A17  LaDainian Tomlinson Rookie Card

A18  Steve Garvey & LA Dodgers Line-up Card

A19  Kurt Warner Uncirculated Card

A20  San Diego History Center

A21  Pet Portrait

A22 Kenya Imports

A23 Candor Restaurant

A24  Mosaic Birdhouses

A25 LA King #44 Mikey Anderson Signed Puck/Card

A26  San Diego Ballet

A27 'Bridge Over the Life' Painting

A28 Bill Walton Autographed Book 'Back from the Dead'

Section B

B01  Sunny San Diego Staycation

B02  Get Away From It All!

B03  Dream Dinners

B04  Yacht Cruise

B05  Hot Yoga

B06  World Cup Honorary Captains

B07  Mickey Loves Popcorn!

B08  Wine Sampling

B09  Aztec Bball Tickets

B10  SD Sockers Gift Basket

B11  Dinner & A Play-Cygnet Theatre

B12  Keane Studios Portrait

B13  Rock ‘N Jump

B14  2 Ellen Tracy Bags

B15  Terrell Owens Trading Card

B16  Romantic Rose

B17  In-Home Cooking-Mimi’s Kitchen

B18  ‘La Jolla’ Painting-Joan Captain

B19  Golf & Dinner at Sycuan

B20  Randy Jones Autographed Ball

B21  Marshall Faulk Card

B22  Dukes La Jolla Gift Certificate

B23  Bill Walton Signed Basketball

B24  Mardi Gras Collage

B25  Party with Pick Up Stix

B26  'Mysterious Night Street' Painting

B27 Bill Walton Autographed Poster

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2022 "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Came Back Inside The Balboa Park Club

After more than 2 years with the Coronavirus Pandemic, S4EA hosted inside at the Balboa Park Club for our members the 15th Annual "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Gala Fundraiser on Thursday, June 2nd from 6-9pm which featured food & wine from 17 restaurants, personal chefs, caterers & wineries. Over 200 guests mingled with notable local & sports figures, enjoyed live music with 'The Night Owls' & bid on an exquisite array of auction items. S4EA honored “The Fastest Cyclist on Earth” Denise Mueller as our 2022 ‘SPORTS Person of the Year’.

Thank you to the 27 sponsors and 63 auction donors who helped make "A Taste 4 SPORTS" a financial success with over $40,000 raised for S4EA. Thank you to everyone who participated. 

'SPORTS Person of the Year' Denise Mueller Highlights:

  • 183.9mph Paced Bicycle Land Speed Record Holder (2018)

  • US Women’s Human Powered Bicycle Record holder (non-motor paced) at 70.6mph (2019)

  • 15 National Cycling Championships (Mt. Biking, Road & Velodrome)

  • Completed over 55 half marathons & 9 marathons on 4 continents

  • Denise trains Paralympic cyclist Amy Dixon in tandem bicycling at SD Velodrome in preparation for 2024 Paris Paralympic cycling

Proceeds benefit S4EA

The proceeds from the "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Fundraising Event benefit SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes — a non profit sports program serving 1,400 athletes with disabilities ages 5 through adult in over 20 sports during 4 sports seasons.

2022 Taste Highlights:

  • Sample Tasty Offerings from Local Restaurants and Caterers

  • Listen to Great Music with 'The Night Owls'

  • Participate in the Silent & Live Auction as well as the Raffle held live in the Balboa Park Club

  • Honor “The Fastest Cyclist on Earth” Denise Mueller as 'SPORTS Person of the Year'

  • Meet Celebrities including NBA Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Walton & 'Mad' Mike from "Pimp My Ride"

  • Enjoy time seeing & talking face-to-face with our S4EA Athletes, Families & Friends

When: Thursday, June 2, 2022

Time:   6:00 - 9:00pm

Where: Balboa Park Club

              2144 Pan American Rd W

              San Diego, CA 92101

Reservations: $60.00 per person

Thank you for your support!

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SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes

 

SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes (S4EA) is a community based sports program serving 1,400 athletes with developmental disabilities ages 5 through adult in San Diego County.

The purpose of SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is to create enhanced opportunities for people with and without disabilities to interact and form lasting bonds of friendship through shared sports and recreational activities in their community.

SPORTS Pledge

I practice hard. I do my best...

I play with Pride.. You'll be impressed!

We are SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes.

For more Info Contact:

Clara Downes

SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes

8380 Vickers St., Suite E

San Diego, CA 92111

Phone: 858-565-7432

Fax: 858-496-7309

E-mail: clara@s4ea.org

Web: www.s4ea.org

"A Taste 4 SPORTS" Organizing Committee

  • Nicole Alvarez

  • Nick Brumbach

  • Mary Cunningham

  • Harriet & Carl David

  • Clara Downes

  • Barbie Hager

  • Walter Jackson

  • Kathy Nelson

  • Bill Randoll

  • Myra Snowdall

  • Marianne Tyler & Family

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2021 Drive-Thru  

"A Taste 4 SPORTS"

Fundraising Event

 

Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes could not hold an indoor event with several hundred people. Instead, S4EA held a Drive-Thru “A Taste 4 SPORTS” event for S4EA members on Thursday, June 17th from 5-8pm at S4EA/North Shores. About 190 people in 80 cars tasted  delicious food & drink provided by 8 restaurants and caterers. Guests viewed 25 classic cars coordinated by 'Mad' Mike & Hotrod Holly. NBA Hall of Fame basketball player Bill Walton chatted with the guests.  The 'Los Tecolotes' band performed on stage, wandering minstrel Joe Castro played his guitar & Steph Johnson sang with S4EA athlete Isaac on the 200" big screen TV. Guests participated in the raffle & auction.

 

The Drive-Thru Taste was a great success with nearly $35,000 raised for SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes.​

Classic Cars at 2021 Drive-Thru Taste

Drive-In/Pick-up

  • Sample Tasty Offerings from Local Restaurants and Caterers

  • Listen to Great Music

  • Participate in the Raffle

  • Meet Celebrities including NBA basketball Hall of Fame player Bill Walton

  • Talk with 'Mad' Mike & view his Classic Cars on Display

  • See our S4EA Athletes, Families & Friends during the Drive-Thru

When: Thursday, June 17, 2021

Time:   5:00 - 8:00pm

Where: S4EA/Arc North Shores

              9575 Aero Dr., SD 92123

Reservations: $50.00 per person

Thank you for your support!

Welcome Bill Walton to Drive-Thru Taste

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2020 Alternative Fundraiser to "A Taste 4 SPORTS"

 

"A Taste 4 SPORTS" is an annual gala fundraiser benefiting SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes, a non profit SPORTS program for people with developmental disabilities.

 

SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes would normally be hosting our 13th annual “A Taste 4 SPORTS” gala fundraiser on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 6:00 - 9:00pm at the Balboa Park Club in beautiful Balboa Park for 350-400 guests. However, because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic, S4EA cannot hold a fundraising event with several hundred guests. Therefore, S4EA is having an Alternative Fundraiser to “A Taste 4 SPORTS”. Because “A Taste 4 SPORTS” is our largest fundraiser, S4EA needs your support now more than ever for this Alternative Fundraiser.                       

Donate to S4EA

By donating, S4EA can provide the same high level programming once the Pandemic is over. For more information, please call S4EA at 858-565-7432.

"A Taste 4 SPORTS" Pictures

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Reminiscing About 2019 & Prior "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Fundraising Events

 

The 12th Annual "A Taste 4 SPORTS" Gala Fundraiser took place on May 30, 2019 at the Balboa Park Club. Reservations were $60 per person which benefitted a truly extraordinary SPORTS organization SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes which in 12 years has already served 1,400 athletes with developmental disabilities in over 20 separate sports. "A Taste 4 SPORTS" is a unique event that features food from some of San Diego's best local restaurants, appearances by notable sports figures, music, a fabulous silent auction, and fun. Last year's event featured food and wine from 23 restaurants, personal chefs, caterers & wineries. Let us tell you about the food over the years – savor delicious dishes such as Sushi, San Diego's Best Spaghetti, Gourmet Dessert Pancakes, Empanadas, Authentic Street Tacos, Tomato Bisque, Exquisite Salad Cups, Rigatoni Creamona, authentic crusty French Bread, cheeses, home made pizza, toffee, a decadent chocolate fountain and much more.

Kris Dielman Videos Promoting 2018 Taste

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'SPORTS Persons of the Year'

2018 Honoree Chargers Kris Dielman talking about honoring Gulls Willie O'Ree at 2019 Taste

 

2016 Honoree SD Sockers Kraig Chiles

 

2013 Honoree Monique Henderson talking about SDSU Basketball Coach Steve Fisher honored at 2014 Taste

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Videos

S4EA Executive Director Walter Jackson is MC at Alternative Taste

Zoom Door Prize Drawing with S4EA Athletes at Alternative Taste

Steph Johnson and Isaac singing at "A Taste 4 SPORTS"

Bill Walton Message at "A Taste 4 SPORTS" in May 2020

'SPORTS Persons of the Year' Videos

2019 - Willie O'Ree

Hockey Hall of Fame/SD Gulls

2018 - Kris Dielman

San Diego Chargers Superstar

2017 - Candice Wiggins

WNBA Basketball Star

2016 - Kraig Chiles

San Diego Sockers Superstar

2015 - Meb Keflezighi

Marathon Champion

2014 - Steve Fisher

SDSU Head Basketball Coach

2013 - Monique Henderson

Olympic Track Relay Gold

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