An Evening with David Sedaris Raises $231,000 for CCA Scholarships

CCA trustees Noel Perry and Ann Morhauser, CCA President Steve Beal, KQED's Michael Krasny, and event chair Kay Kimpton Walker

Best-selling author and NPR humorist David Sedaris is one of the funniest and smartest writers working today and he did not disappoint the sold-out crowd of 2,000 at the special CCA benefit reading on May 3 at Zellerbach Auditorium in Berkeley.

Gathering thunderclouds and bumper-to-bumper traffic couldn’t deter CCA supporters and diehard fans from their goal of hearing Sedaris “talk pretty,” although some of his commentary -- which ranged from colonoscopies to a macabre search for the perfect Valentine’s Day present -- wouldn’t necessarily qualify as pretty.

About An Evening with David Sedaris

The evening began with a cocktail party for sponsorship donors with the author at the Berkeley Art Museum. Taste Catering offered a bounty of delectable hors d'oeuvres along with clever cocktails such as the Bitter Squirrel and Chipmunk-tini, inspired by Sedaris’s latest book.

The guests then made their way to Zellerbach Hall to join the other adoring fans for a laugh-out-loud program of Sedaris reading from new and unpublished material. Following his performance, as is his custom, Sedaris stayed until the bitter end (in this case 1 a.m.) graciously signing books and chatting up the guests.

Successful Benefit

As with a similar event in 2009, the event exceeded expectations, raising $231,000 earmarked for CCA’s Scholarship Fund. Event chair and CCA trustee Kay Kimpton Walker, who has raised more than $380,000 among the two events, was delighted with the results: “We are so grateful to David for giving his time and talent for this event. Through his generosity and the generosity of our sponsors we will be able to help many talented and deserving students obtain a CCA education.”

The college would also like to thank presenting sponsor Annieglass and party sponsors Muscardini Cellars and Blue Angel Vodka.

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