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Vocalist Meredith McHenry and her band will perform at the October 8 gala benefit for Culinary Angels at McGrail Vineyards in Livermore. 

A spectacular evening of food, wine, and music is slated for Saturday, Oct. 8, at McGrail Winery in Livermore with the Grapes & Gratitude Gala benefit for Culinary Angels. 

This annual gala is the major fundraiser for Culinary Angels, an almost entirely volunteer-based nonprofit that prepares and delivers delicious and organic meals to those going through cancer treatment in the Tri-Valley cities of Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Danville. Meals are also provided for caregivers who play a vital role in the healing process. 

Culinary Angels was established in 2016 by Lisa McNaney, a cancer survivor herself andthe mother of a young cancer survivor. During their respective healing journeys, McNaney realized that medical teams primarily focused on calorie intakerather than actual nutrition. This observation inspired Culinary Angels as basis for providing healthy, healing meals made with essential ingredients that promote wellness. 

“Our annual gala is critical to the viability of our programs, as it allows us to continue to use quality ingredients in the meals prepared for our recipients and tackle the cost increases of the current economy,” said McNaney. We are very excited to host this year’s event, which is brimming with exceptional live auction items, amazing musical talent, and an extraordinary Farm to Table dinner.” 

Tickets include a seasonal dinnerinspired by Culinary Angels recipes and two glasses of wine. Live music will be provided by the Meredith McHenry Band, which has performed throughout the Bay Area and nationally and is recognized for its broad selection of artists from Ella Fitzgerald to The Weekend. The event will feature a raffle and live-auction items including a Waikiki vacation, a Stephan Curry jersey, a 10-person farm-to-table dinner, a Sabio tasting dinner for four, and much more.A Heads or Tails game will feature a ‘Date Night for A Year’ as the prize. 

Event sponsors include Fremont Bank, Stanford Valley Care, Cancom, Topcon, Patelco, KKIQ and many others. 

Culinary Angels is actively monitoring the incidence of COVID-19 in the region and following guidance from the Alameda County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding large gatherings. As a result, the number of ticket sales has been reduced to allow comfortable social distancing at this outdoor event. Masks will be provided upon request. 

The event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m., at 5600 Greenville Road, in Livermore. Tickets can be purchased at culinaryangels.org.