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12th Annual Taste at the Cove


Taste at the Cove returns to La Jolla Cove on Thursday, September 5, from 5:30-9pm, to honor heavy hitters in the sports and medical fields with a night of food, fashion, one-of-a-kind auction items, and more. San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation’s (SDSMF) signature fundraiser will honor one community legend and one medical champion. The five-star charity event will be held at Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove.


Savor food from over 30 of San Diego’s best restaurants, including Roppongi, Whisknladle, Cusp Dining & Drinks, and Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar. Enjoy hosted bars, a swimwear fashion show by Sauvage, opportunity drawings, silent auction items plus a live auction. The event benefits the SDSMF’s mission to provide a medical safety net for injured youth with limited financial means in order to return them back to health, sports and life.


“Taste at the Cove has been a great success for over a decade, and each year it gets bigger and better,” says Dr. David Chao, founder and president of the SDSMF. “We are fortunate to receive such incredible community support when it comes to bringing top-quality care to injured youth who are in need.”


This year’s community legend honoree is former San Diego Padres right-fielder and Mr. Padre himself, Tony Gwynn. “Community legends” are recognized for their strong San Diego ties and contributions to the community through their on-the-field and off-field-efforts. Gwynn, who is considered one of best and most consistent hitters in baseball history, is being honored for achievements such as being a 15-time All-Star and having played with the Padres for an impressive 20 seasons. He and his wife Alicia also established the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation in 1995 to create and support programs that enhance opportunities for youth to become healthy, educated, and productive citizens.


The 2013 Medical Honoree for the SDSMF is Lee Rice, CEO and medical director of Lifewellness Institute. Rice is considered one of the premier medical experts on wellness, both in the United States and internationally. He has been providing care as a family and sports medicine physician for over 30 years. Having been team physician for numerous professional and amateur teams, as well as a clinical professor at local universities, Rice’s passion for education and Sports Medicine has resulted in a distinguished career respected by everyone fortunate enough to work with him.


Individual tickets are available for $300, while tables for 10 are available for $3,000 and VIP Runway Lounge Seating for 10 is available for $5,000. The VIP Runway Lounge includes over-the-top amenities such as exclusive, plush seating, in-seat beverage service, and more. (www.tasteatthecove.com, www.sdsmf.com)


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