One of San Diego’s most highly anticipated fundraisers, this year’s Taste at the Cove featured Carlos Gutierrez of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties reprising his role as Monty Montezuma. Gutierrez also acted as emcee for the event, which was held at La Jolla Cove in September to benefit the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation (SDSMF).
With quality fare from San Diego’s most acclaimed restaurants and a New York-style fashion show, as well as silent and live auctions, the Taste at the Cove has been a standing room only event for 13 years running. “We were pleased to have Carlos on hand to support our Aztec-themed fundraiser, and I’m proud to report that we raised over $100,000 in funds,” said David Chao, founder and president of SDSMF.
Each year the foundation honors two prominent San Diegans for their leadership and community service. Steve Fisher, basketball coach for San Diego State University, was recognized this year as a Community Legend. Shari Brasher, CEO of Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, was honored as a Medical Champion. Previous honorees have included Tony Gwyn, Marshall Faulk and Trevor Hoffman.
“It’s always inspiring to witness the generosity of our friends and neighbors,” said Gutierrez, a specialist in La Jolla real estate. “The fact that the SDSMF has provided free medical treatment for over 5,000 student athletes makes me proud to have my name associated with them.”
The San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation was founded in 2002 to provide a medical safety net for injured youth with limited financial means. Through donations and volunteer support from physicians and medical professionals, the organization creates a pathway for injured youth to return to health, sports and life.
A native of San Diego, Gutierrez has been a residential sales associate for nearly a decade. He is an avid supporter of numerous charities, including the Challenged Athletes Foundation, MS Society, and Marshall Faulk Foundation.