Sonoma’s annual Red and White Ball raised nearly $100,000 for the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation on Aug. 24. The community party drew 950 guests, who danced on the Plaza in support of Sonoma Valley’s public schools.
Once again, the event included a raffle for a sporty new 2013 Fiat 500C Pop Cabrio convertible, which went to lucky ticket-holder Gabrielle Brown. She is the owner of Sonoma Serenity Home on Carriger Road, a residential care facility for the elderly. Brown bought two raffle tickets, both at Sonoma Market. She had to work the night of the Red and White Ball and forgot about the raffle until she received the call from the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation that she was the winner. “I never expected to win, and this just means so much to me. It is so very special,” Brown exclaimed.
Ever since she got the brand new 2013 Fiat convertible, she has been celebrating with her residents and her friends. She is already planning to volunteer to help local schools as a way to show her gratitude. She will be volunteering this Friday, Sept. 20, at the Charity Auction Dinner before the 27th annual B.R. Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be spread among several charities, including the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation.
The Red and White Ball featured delectable food including treats from the Sonoma Valley school gardens and generous local vintners donated more than 51 cases of Sonoma Valley wines for the occasion. The Valley Vibes Orchestra, the Cork Pullers and Dave Martin’s House Party Band kept the party going with music all evening. More than 100 people volunteered at the ball, including many school employees, teachers and parents. The evening’s “fund-a-need” drew donations from 100 guests.
“These funds will help the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation fund high impact programs in all local public schools. The event will have an impact on every child at every school in the district,” said foundation Executive Director Laura Zimmerman.