Courage to Connect: 2019 West Coast Gala

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” - Eleanor Roosevelt


Update: The event was a success! Find photo highlights from our West Coast Gala Here.

What’s the difference between an ordinary life and one lived with courage? Is it a life defined by circumstances? By challenges, by victories?  What if being brave wasn’t just being “super hero” courageous? What if being brave is about seeing opportunities and connections where other people see obstacles?

This year, we are inviting you to explore the ways in which we all have the Courage to Connect. Human connection is a vulnerable exchange between people who are paying attention to one another. It has the power to deepen the moment, inspire change, build trust and transform the way we live.

We hope you will join us for a full weekend of events designed to explore ways we can continue to be courageous, deepen our connection, and build a future where every woman, man, and child leads a healthy fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity.

West Coast Gala: June 8th, 2019 at Hotel Irvine

Festive attire or national dress.

The Hunger Project has always been a pioneering leader for the end of hunger. It’s now time to take the next bold leap forward. We invite you to take a leadership role as a passionate champion of The Hunger Project by mobilizing your community into action:

  1. Sponsor a Table: You purchase a table and invite your friends, families and colleagues as your guests.
  2. Host a Table: You commit to filling a table by encouraging your friends, families and colleagues to purchase tickets for your table.
  3. Become a Corporate Sponsor: Enroll your company in support at various levels with great benefits!

Purchase your gala ticket today: be inspired, learn about the amazing work we’ve done together, and dance the night away! Please note, space is limited and ticket purchases will be closed once capacity has been reached.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about weekend activities, please join us for our West Coast Gala launch calls on May 8th, 12 pm PST and May 29th, 8 am PST. For more information, contact

This event will be held in addition to the Annual Fall Gala on October 12, 2019, in New York City. Mark your calendars and secure your spot for our West Coast event today! Tickets for the Annual Fall Gala in New York will go on sale at the end of June.

Full Weekend Schedule

Saturday, June 8th
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Join us for a unique, interactive learning session to discover how The Hunger Project is creating large-scale alliances that empower women and men to end their own hunger.

Tickets: This session is free and open to the public

Avenue of the Arts, Grand Ballroom
3350 Avenue of The Arts, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Saturday, June 8th
6.00 p.m. - 7.30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception
7.30 p.m. - 10.30 p.m. - Dinner, Program and Entertainment


Join us for the centerpiece of the weekend as representatives from our program countries share their courageous stories of collaborative leadership and self-reliance. Connect with the mission of The Hunger Project in a celebration of our shared commitment to a world where every woman, man, and child leads a life of self-reliance and dignity.

Tickets: $500 General Admission (of which $300 is tax-deductible) or $250 Youth (ages 25 and under, of which $50 is tax-deductible).

Location: Hotel Irvine, Backyard & Pavilion

Sunday, June 9th
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Take our weekend experience to a deeper level by engaging in intimate “kitchen table” conversations about courage, connection, and commitment. Together, through facilitated conversations, we will discover how everyday courage can transform our lives.

Tickets: $45

Location: Hotel Irvine, Salon A



Reservations are available now at Hotel Irvine. Make your reservation by May 20!



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