SOS Star Team Onion Luncheon
On Wednesday, May 21st more than 80 guests attended the 20th Anniversary SOS Star Team Luncheon at the iconic Five Crowns Restaurant in Corona Del Mar, benefitting thousands of at-risk families and children in Orange County. The SOS Star Team is a fundraising support guild of Share Our Selves. To date this group of philanthropic and caring Orange County residents have raised over $800,000 for SOS, with over $50,000 raised at this year’s luncheon alone.
SOS Star Team founder Kathy Thompson was honored at the event for her dedication and leadership to SOS over the past two decades. Following her fame as a Hollywood starlet “Kathy Marlowe,” Kathy created the SOS Star Team, with support from family and friends, after learning about SOS and the services we provide to those in need in OC. The SOS Star Team’s annual fundraising luncheon is affectionately known as the “Onion Luncheon” thanks to the thousands of pounds of Imperial County sweet onions, and prized onion recipes, that are provided to all guests by Kathy and Gerry Thompson every year.
With an opening prayer by Father Kerry Beaulieu of Our Lady Queen of Angels, guests dined on Five Crowns’ famous prime rib, sipped on special wines and raised additional funds through the exciting live auction featuring fine jewelry, vacation get-aways, and special food and wine packages. As always, the 50 pound bag of Imperial County Onions was an auction hit, raising $500 for SOS!
The SOS Star Team is always looking for new members! Members enjoy a number of social gatherings including the annual Onion Luncheon and a festive summer dinner at the waterfront home of Kathy and Jerry Thompson. All proceeds benefit the SOS Comprehensive Social Services Center based in Costa Mesa.