In an annual holiday tradition, vintner and concert promoter Bruce Cohn distributed a portion of the proceeds from his 27th annual B.R Cohn Charity Events Fall Music Festival held in September at the B.R Cohn Winery Amphitheatre in Glen Ellen.

The event donated $35,000 to the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB), one of the many charities the event supports. Further donations prior to the holidays are forthcoming.

“The Redwood Empire Food Bank does incredible work in Sonoma County, and especially in light of the recent reduction in food stamps by the government,” Cohn said. “It is a shame that so many can go hungry in a region with this much bounty. The food bank is able to turn a dollar’s donation into several dollars worth of food which is incredible.”

Each month, the Redwood Empire Food Bank provides food assistance to 78,000 children, adults and seniors in Sonoma County.

“But we are not doing it alone. We rely on the generous support of local donors such as B.R. Cohn Charity Events; and this extraordinary gift will enable us to provide healthy food, nutrition education and wellness programs to our friends and neighbors in need,” said David Goodman, the food bank’s executive director.

This year’s festival was held in the memory of Bea Oliver, a long time stage manager of the Fall Music Festival. The festival’s olive grove stage was renamed the Bea Stage.

Over the years, Cohn has been able to raise more than $6 million for various local and national charities. Proceeds from this year’s festival will be spread among several charities including the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, The Field of Dreams, Redwood Empire Food Bank, The Guardsmen, The Station Foundation and American Legion Post 489.