With the first preseason game rapidly approaching, the 49ers took a break from training camp and partnered with the Silicon Valley Leadership group to host the 5th Annual Pasta Bowl presented by SanDisk.
The charity event, which took place on Tuesday night, featured the entire 49ers team, owner Dr. John York, President/CEO Jed York, coach Jim Harbaugh, general manager Trent Baalke, 49ers alumni and top Silicon Valley executives.
The Pasta Bowl began with a reception sponsored by U.S. Bank that included premier wine tasting, featuring 15 Napa Valley and Sonoma vintners, a beer garden hosted by Bud Light and Gordon Biersch, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, a Wall-of-Wine raffle, 49ers airbrush tattoos, pizza making station for kids, Sourdough Sam, and the Gold Rush cheerleaders.
The event sold out for the fifth consecutive year, bringing nearly 1,000 guests together in support of the San Francisco 49ers Foundation. Proceeds from the Pasta Bowl benefitted Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) and City Year; the 49ers Foundation gave $50,000 to each non-profit organization at the event.
“I want to thank Beach Pace from City Year, Christa Gannon from Fresh Lifelines for Youth, and everybody working to keep those kids as good members of our community,” John York said.
Harbaugh then spoke about the team’s progress thus far, his enthusiasm to take part in his first Pasta Bowl, and the hard work the 49ers put in both on and off the field.
“I just wanted to say how excited we are as a team and honored to be here tonight to be representing the organization out in the community,” Harbaugh said. “I think nobody does it better than the San Francisco 49ers, in terms of getting out in the community.
“We are proud to be 49ers ourselves. I’ve heard a lot about the Pasta Bowl and I’m glad I got the chance to experience it tonight. On behalf of all our players, coaches and everybody at the 49ers organization, we look forward to winning for you this year.”
Fans sat at tables of 20 with multiple celebrity servers and were treated to salad, pasta, wine and dessert. One of the most distinctive aspects of Pasta Bowl is the unique opportunity it presents for guests to engage in conversation with their favorite players over dinner.
“It’s a lot different than most events,” Jed York said. “You actually get to sit down and talk to our 49ers players and alumni and it makes it a lot more personal and fun.”
“It’s awesome to get out here, have some fun, interact with people and meet the fans,” tackle
The event benefits the community, but it also serves as a motivator for the players. Seeing the passion from the fans gives the players another reason to get amped up for the season.
“All these people are grateful for us to be here,” Boone said. “They keep talking about how we’re going to win and it’s great to have a lot of fun with them and be here as a team.”
“I’ve been a part of Pasta Bowl for five years and the 49ers do a good job of giving back to the community and getting everybody involved,” he said. “ It’s a positive thing and it definitely shows what this organization is all about.
“It’s fantastic doing stuff for the community and especially the 49ers Foundation,” Snyder said. “It’s a great organization. We really enjoy doing this kind of stuff for them.”
The San Francisco 49ers Foundation is the non-profit community funding extension of the San Francisco 49ers. Now in its 19th year, the 49ers Foundation supports development programs for underserved youth that keep them “Safe, on Track and in School.” A significant portion of the foundation’s funding goes toward family violence prevention programs and activities that teach youth leadership and respect.
Over the past seven years, the Foundation has donated $10 million to local non-profit organizations.
The 49ers are fortunate to have such generous sponsors who come together and enjoy participating in events such as the Pasta Bowl. Brad Kinstler, President and CEO of See’s Candies, expressed his enthusiasm about being a part of the evening and partnering with the 49ers.
“This is just a terrific event,” he said. “We like to be able to meet the players, to participate in what the 49ers are doing with their foundation. It is a great service to the community.”
The event was fun for all ages as the evening winded down with a performance from the Gold Rush, a pizza tossing demonstration and a hands-on lesson from Tony Gemignani, as well as some sweet treats donated by Sprinkles Cupcakes. Even though the night served as a brief distraction from the intensity of training camp, football was still a main topic of conversation amongst the players and guests.
“There’s a buzz. Everybody’s excited about what we are doing,” Snyder said. “In the locker room we are excited about the season and it feels like it is spilling out to the fans and they’re getting really excited about the opportunity we have to make an impact on the field this year.”
The San Francisco 49ers Foundation and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group would like to thank the generous event sponsors including Presenting Sponsor, SanDisk; Reception Sponsor, U.S. Bank; Championship Sponsors AdvanTel and Visa; Pro Bowl Sponsors Avnet, Devcon, FedEx, HNTB/Winzler & Kelly/WSP Falck & Kurtz, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara/San Jose, See’s Candies, Splice Communications, Turner Construction Company; and Table Sponsors 95.7FM The Game, Brocade, Centerplate, ETM Electromatic, Franklin Templeton, Gordon Biersch, HP, M. E. Fox & Company, Mission West Properties, Nelson Staffing, Rambus, San Francisco 49ers, Santa Clara Convention Center, SunPower, SVB Financial Group, and Wells Fargo. Vintners who donated their time and their wine to the event included Baldacci Family Vineyards, Brochelle Vineyards, Broman Cellars, Chappellet, David Family Wines, Frank Family Vineyards, Gargiulo Vineyards, Juslyn Vineyards, Martinelli Winery, Meander, Merry Edwards, Morlet Family Vineyards, Schweiger Vineyards, Terra Valentine, and Titus Vineyards. Product donors included American Airlines, Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Gordon Biersch, Gallo Family Vineyards, HP, M.E. Fox, SanDisk, See's Candies, Sonoma Tanning and Sprinkles Cupcakes.
The 49ers would like to thank all of the contributors who made the event a tremendous success.