Oct. 10 Sounds of Hope for Children to feature unique auction items

Multi-Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist Rob Thomas will perform at the 10th Sounds of Hope for Children concert. Presented by the Carmel Valley Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, the Oct. 10 event will benefit the hospital’s Neurotherapy Center.

“We always have remarkable auction packages at our Sounds of Hope concerts, and this year is no exception,” said event co-chair Edith Smith. “We are excited to offer a very special, one- of-a-kind soccer jersey signed by all 23 members of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup winners — the U.S. Women’s National Team.

“The value of this item — priceless!” she said, “just like the important work being carried on at the Neurotherapy Center, which is part of Rady Children’s Hospital’s Division of Neurosurgery.”

Other auction packages include a luxurious, one-week stay at a magnificent private vacation residence in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. The cliff-top getaway features a main house, three free-standing casitas, and a vanishing-edge pool with breathtaking views of the Pacific. A driver, bartender, cook, concierge, housekeeping and breakfast daily are included in the package. For an updated list of all auction items, visit

Illumina has donated the use of its spectacular amphitheater again this year. “We are delighted to support Rady Children’s Hospital and to be a part of Sounds of Hope for Children,” said Karen Possemato, Illumina’s chief of staff.

In keeping with the casual flavor of the outdoor event, dinner will be a walk around affair with multiple food stations and server passed items. Multiple bars will keep thirsty guests happy and there will be a signature cocktail, as always, noted Smith.

“Our food and beverage offerings will include premium cocktails, wine and beer and a tantalizing menu by MIHO Catering,” she added.

Even after the concert ends, the Sounds of Hope for Children party will continue. Guests are invited to stay for an after-party with music by D.J. Mike.

The event promises to be a sellout, as it has been in years past. Tickets are now available (by invitation only) at $175 per person. To receive an invitation, become a sponsor, or make a donation, please visit or call 858-229-4227.

The Neurotherapy Center provides restorative therapies to pediatric neurology patients that are not available anywhere else in the U.S. U.S. News and World Reports has ranked Rady Children’s Hospital’s Neurosurgery and Neurology programs among the nation’s best for four consecutive years.