‘Under the Tuscan Sun’ to benefit Mitchell Thorp fund


The Pillars of Hope Under the Tuscan Sun Charity Fashion Show, benefiting the Mitchell Thorp Foundation, will be held “under the stars, al fresco” from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at Cielo Village, 18029 Calle Ambiente, Rancho Santa Fe.

Hosted by FINE Magazine, the event will include the Pillar of Hope Awards presentation, Tuscan cuisine, wine and beer tasting, a Couture Men and Women’s Fashion Show, entertainment, dancing, health and beauty vendors, and a silent and live auction.

The “Pillar of Hope” Award honors top doctors, educators, therapists and practitioners who are pillars of strength in the community, upright and supportive. These honorees continue to go above and beyond in caring for their patients and help educate the public on health and wellness.

This year’s nominees are Dr. Mark Drucker with the Center of Advanced Medicine, Ruth Westreich with The Westreich Foundation, and Kim Schulte, CN, with Biodynamic Wellness. Each will be honored for their expertise in the most advanced treatments, but also because they bring hope, faith and encouragement to their patients and their community.

Discount tickets purchased before Aug. 15, are $75 per person, $125 per couple, with VIP seating at $150 per person and $200 per couple. (After Aug. 15, prices will be $100 per person, $150 per couple, and VIP $200 per person and $250 per couple.)

The Mitchell Thorp Foundation was founded in 2009 by Brad and Beth Thorp in honor of their teenage son, Mitchell, who died of an undiagnosed illness in 2008. The foundation’s mission is to help area families who have children with life-threatening illnesses, diseases and disorders, by providing financial, emotional and resources.

The foundation is supported by corporate donations, private donations, endowments, legacy donations, grants, and proceeds raised from the annual Mitchell Thorp Foundation 5K Run/Walk, held the first Saturday of February at Thorp Field (also named in honor of Mitchell in 2009) at Poinsettia Park, Carlsbad.

For information and to purchase “Pillars of Hope” tickets, visit