White Light White Night 2021 Recap

August 25, 2021

After a virtual event last year, the annual White Light White Night fundraiser was back in-person this year, and in my not-so-humble opinion, it was better than ever!

White Light White Night is a great event for a great cause. Benefiting Walk With Sally, an organization that provides mentorship to children who’ve experienced loss through cancer, the night was a celebration of goodwill and support.

The event took place on a gorgeous Saturday evening on the rooftop of Campus 2100 in El Segundo. The footprint and attendance were smaller than usual, due to COVID precautions, but I believe that’s what made the night so special.

Most of us haven’t been to a big event in over a year and a half – I certainly haven’t – and locals came out in droves to see, be seen and support one of our local charitable organizations.
 
 

The South Bay is a caring, sociable, close-knit community and the event served as a much needed homecoming. Everywhere you turned, there were smiling, happy people embracing each other. I ran into at least 50 people I haven’t seen in almost two years and it was wonderful to reconnect in person.

Attendees nibbled and noshed on gourmet bites from over 20 restaurants. The Strand House wowed with an oyster bar, while Fox & Farrow introduced attendees to Hunter’s Pie, a luxurious version of Shepherd’s Pie made with boar and parsnips.

There were several bars offering a variety of beverages: Gelson’s and Uncorked offered an assortment of wines, while Mico and Tito’s whipped up specialty cocktails. Stella Artois fans got to take home their signature glasses and George Lopez Brewing Company beers made a big splash.

After a couple of hours of eating, drinking and bidding on silent auction items, guests were led to the main stage area by a samba band and dancers.

Walk With Sally Founder, Nick Arquette, welcomed and addressed attendees about the WWS mission and announced the Beacon of Light Award winner, Mentor Brian Green.

The live auction, with the BIG ticket items, was as raucous as ever with TONS of money being raised. After the live auction, the Spazmatics took the stage, playing the greatest hits of the 80s. The dance floor was packed the rest of the night and those not on the dance floor boogied the night away at their tables and in the aisles.

This was a video of the band and everyone dancing. It was taken down due to copyright infringement. Sorry!

White Light White Night 2021 was an evening to remember and while the final fundraising numbers aren’t in yet, I know WWS will continue their oh-so-important mission…. that no child should walk alone in the face of a loved one’s cancer.

For additional information and to make a donation, visit the website at https://walkwithsally.org/.