Thank you to all our sponsors and top-ranked chefs for the immense success of the 7th annual Illumination Foundation OC Chef’s Table.
Stay tuned for announcements of 2021’s “Elite Gala of Orange County.”
Illumination Foundation’s Chef’s Table has returned! For 2021, we are celebrating in a whole new way. Mark your calendar now for Sunday, June 27, 2021. The event will take place at the private San Juan Capistrano estate of Marc and Jacqueline Dupont-Carlson. Join us!
On March 1st, 2020, The Year’s Premier Chefs’ Event Returned to Shine a Spotlight on Homelessness
Presented by Disneyland® Resort for its 8th year, The 2020 OC Chef’s Table brought together the most lauded chefs of Orange and L.A. Counties in one room to create the most memorable, magical dining experience for their guests.
Now, as we emerge from the 2020 pandemic, we’ve moved our event to June 27, 2021, and it will take place at a private estate residence in San Juan Capaistrano. We very much looking forward to seeing you again!
The non-profit organization, Illumination Foundation was founded in 2007 with the sole mission to Disrupt the Cycle of Homelessness.
“The Social Crisis of Our Generation”
Today in Orange County there are more than 32,000 children homeless or unstably housed and in excess of 55,000 homeless individuals in Southern California alone.
Illumination Foundation was originally born from the shock and frustration two MBA classmates – Paul Leon and Paul Cho – encountered when discovering how many children in affluent Orange County were homeless every night on the streets.
Life on the street is about survival. Nearly all homeless people suffer multiple instances of trauma and struggle with mental and physical health ailments that aren’t treated, and children suffer as much or more as the adults. The cycle of homelessness will not be broken without intervention.
Shining a Spotlight & Taking Fast Action
Since 2007, Illumination Foundation has poured all of its energy into creating innovative corporate sponsorships and county and hospital joint ventures to propel massive action.
The greatest chefs of Orange County first came together in 2008 for the inaugural OC Chef’s Table. They’ve been expanding in ranks and returning again and again, giving generously of their time and culinary talents toward a specific need in the homeless community that Illumination Foundation immediately acts on.
In 2019, 39 chefs from Orange and L.A. counties supported Illumination Foundation’s endeavor to raise funds for emergency housing for families with children. The 2019 OC Chef’s Table raised more than $1 million to add another emergency house to serve this vulnerable population. The Bob Murphy House in Anaheim was purchased renovated and opened to many families in a matter of months after the 2019 Gala.
In the first week of March 2020, 45 top-ranked chefs joined us once again to raise more then $1.2 million for our emergency housing efforts. Weeks later, this proved particularly poignant when our state shut down due to the pandemic and we had many, many individuals and families with children individuals struggling to keep it all together. Thanks to our generous donors and grants, Illumination Foundation continued to make am impact in our homeless communities with short- and long-term solutions for thousands.
Join Us. Together, we can disrupt the cycle of homelessness.
It’s a travesty that so many Orange County families and children are without a safe place to call home. With this event, we invite you to help us change this.
– Paul Leon, Founder & CEO, Illumination Foundation