Wine Country Weekend generates $483K for nonprofits
PASSING OUT CHECKS to nonprofits were, from left, Maureen Cottingham, Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance; Cathleen Gorham, Tom Menzies, Squire Fridell, Danny Fay, all SVVGA board; Dan Goldfield, Sonoma County Vintners Foundation board; Mike Pucci, SVVGA board; Andrew Bottene, SWCW Executive Sponsor TricorBraun WinePak, and Sara Cummings, Sonoma County Vintners.
A total of $483,500 in proceeds from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, the annual Labor Day weekend collection of wine and food events jointly produced by the Sonoma County Vintners and the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance, were distributed to 32 Sonoma County beneficiaries Friday at St. Francis Winery and Vineyards in Sonoma Valley.
Two of the primary beneficiaries, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, received grants that totaled $264,000 raised from the “Fund-A-Need” lot at the 2012 Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction, one of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend’s flagship events.
The 2012 charity beneficiaries include: 10,000 Degrees, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley, Ceres Community Project, Friends in Sonoma Helping, Global Student Embassy, Green Acre Home & School, Jewish Community Free Clinic, La Luz Center, Operation Access, Parks Alliance for Sonoma County, PDI Surgery Center, Petaluma Health Center, Redwood Empire Aqua Stars, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma County Family YMCA, Sonoma Overnight Support, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Sonoma Valley High School Agriculture Department, Sonoma Valley Hospital, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma Valley Teen Services, Sunny Hills Services, SVVGA Scholarship Fund, The Living Room Center, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, Transcendence Theatre Company, Verity and WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center.