Be The Light - A Fundraiser for Photographer Rachael Short


An Art, Wine and Food Event
at the Hidden Valley Music Seminars an Institute for the Arts Carmel Valley, CA Sunday April 10, 2011 5:00-8:00 PM

Friends and family of local photographer and artist Rachael Short will host a benefit and silent auction at the Hidden Valley Music Seminars an Institute of the Arts in Carmel Valley.

Rachael Short, an accomplished photographer and gallery owner, was severely injured in a car accident on November 1, 2010 while riding as a passenger with friends. As senior class president of Carmel High School's Class of 2000, Rachael, now 28, has turned her intensity and zeal for life to overcoming her paralyzing spinal cord injury. Her new quadriplegic status requires round-the-clock-care, including physical therapy, acupuncture, massage, and the loving support of her generous community.

Enjoy the food and wine reception featuring locally acclaimed Executive chefs Cal Stamenov from Bernardus Lodge, Tim Wood from Carmel Valley Ranch and Chris Caul from Christopher's restaurant, as well as Michael Jones from A Moveable Feast (to name a few) and top wineries such as Silvestri and Talbott Vineyards. For a complete listing of wineries and chefs please click here. Also on hand will be live entertainment with Nico Georis and Rick Chelew, famed photographers' and artists' work to bid on, including work by Kim Weston and Tom O'Neal. A short film documenting Rachael's journey will also be shown.

"Be The Light – Benefit for Rachael Short" is on Sunday, April 10 from 5:00PM – 8:00PM. Tickets are required at $100 per person, available online at or mail check to PO Box 6445, Carmel, CA 93921.

A shuttle bus will be available that day, picking up at the Bank of America parking lot at the Crossroads Shopping center at 4.30PM.

Country Garden Inn's across from the event venue is offering a special $89 rate for guests of the Rachael Short Benefit. Please call them directly at 831/659-5361 to make a reservation and request the special rate. For more info about the Inns please go to

If you would like to ride on the shuttle please send an e-mail to with your contact info and number of guests in your party no later than April 3rd.

For more information Contact Erin Kenyon at 831 901-7883.

Follow Rachael's story at

Hidden Valley is located at 88 West Carmel Valley Road before entering Carmel Valley Village.