Adrian Gonzalez launches Foundation during dinner


On Aug. 27, a handful of the San Diego Padres put their Major League Baseball day jobs on hold to moonlight as chefs, waiters and bartenders at Acqua Al 2 downtown.

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Kevin Kouzmanoff took orders, Clay Hensley poured cocktails and Heath Bell worked the line - all in the name of charity.

Padres’ first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and his wife, Betsy Gonzalez, launched their family foundation at the event. The Adrian & Betsy Gonzalez Foundation was established to empower underprivileged youth through athletics, education and health.

The money raised during the event was given to a children’s autism research and care charity, a cause close to the family of Martin Gonzalez, Acqua Al 2 owner and chef.

Adrian was the honorary chef for the evening. Dressed in whites, he manned the stove and prepared more than 100 guests a five-course dinner.

A live auction included items such as sports memorabilia and vacation packages. The players also signed autographs.

The night was capped by the Padres’ stellar performance of “YMCA.”

Among the evening’s attendees: Acqua Al 2 owner/chef Martin Gonzalez and his wife, Cecilia Gonzalez; Isaac Levy, Loraine Levy and Mateo Levy; Dr. Juan Pablo Eng and Patty Eng; Enrique Perez and Martha Perez; Peter Carney and Tammy Carney; and Alba Lourdes and David Gonzalez.