In an annual holiday tradition, philanthropist, manager and concert promoter Bruce Cohn distributed more than $200,000 on Dec. 5 to an eclectic variety of nonprofits during a reception at the B.R. Cohn Winery Tasting Room in Glen Ellen.
The donations represented the proceeds from the 27th annual B.R Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival, held in September at the winery amphitheater, and brought the concert total raised to date for area charities to more than $6 million.
Donation recipients included the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, the Field of Dreams, the Station Foundation (Veterans), the Guardsmen, American Legion Post 489, Valley of the Moon Aquatics, the Sonoma Developmental Center, Native Sons of the Golden West and others.
Cohn called this year’s concert “an incredible weekend.” Despite hard rain on Saturday of the three-day event, he said “we are very pleased with the fundraising totals which could not have been possible without the extraordinary support from all the artists who performed, the hard-working staff, the many volunteers as well as our charity and media partners.”
Cohn noted that, “Not one person asked for a refund due to the rain. That’s a testament to our fine team and the charity of our concert goers.”
Event sponsors and partners included KFOG 104.5/99.7, 107.7 The Bone, the River 97.7, 96.9 The Eagle, KRON 4, GEV Mag, Lagunitas Brewery, The Bohemian, Fiji Water, The Sonoma Index-Tribune, Stark and Co. Catering, Sonoma Chevrolet, the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, GSO, the Flamingo Conference and Resort, Sonoma County Tourism, Statewide, GSO and Grapevine Party Rentals.
B.R. Cohn Winery was founded in 1984 and is located on Highway 12 just outside Glen Ellen.
The 2014 concert is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 19 to 22, and early ticket information and headliner announcements will be posted on the winery website, brcohn.com, in January.