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Shone, Downing honored by B&G Club

DON SHONE AND DALE DOWNING are being honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley at the Sweetheart Gala and Auction.

DON SHONE AND DALE DOWNING are being honored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley at the Sweetheart Gala and Auction.

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The 2014 Boys & Girls Club Sweetheart Gala and Auction on Saturday, Feb. 8, honoring Dale Downing and Don Shone of Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market is sold out.

The club is grateful to the community and generous sponsors.

The maverick’s story begins on July 20, 1969 – the day Dale joined Don and Sherry’s store, Shone’s Country Marketing in Glen Ellen. The two families worked side-by-side for 10 years until Dale and his wife, Carole, opened Downings Market in El Verano. After eight years apart, Don and Dale merged their separate businesses and together acquired a third store, Sonoma Market.

Today, Sonoma and Glen Ellen Village Markets are the hubs of their respective communities, serving some 17,000 customers each week and employing hundreds of local peeps.

They have withstood every challenge, met every trend, and mastered the art of service. Their success has enabled them to share their good fortune with many Sonoma Valley nonprofits but none more so than the Boys & Girls Club.

The club is celebrating these mavericks as its 2014 Sweethearts aboard the Sonoma River Queen. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception and a small silent auction featuring getaways, art, wine, and more.

The reception includes a full bar compliments of Southern Wines & Spirits; Spirits Bar by 35 Maple St. and Prohibition Spirits; Entertainment by Low Rent Hot Club; wines by Bartholomew Park Winery and Envolve Winery; and beer by Lagunitas Brewing Company.

Dining in the grand ballroom is provided by Elaine Bell Catering. Since 1971, Bell is known for creating unique dishes using the abundance of local agricultural products from Sonoma County. She has worked to contribute to the current style and grace of wine country events.

There will be live entertainment by Lawrence Beaman. Beaman is a native of the Deep South (Mississippi) and his quiet, humble upbringing is a complete contrast to his booming voice and intense passion for music.

For more information about the 2014 Sweetheart Gala & Auction contact Rachel Cusick at 938-8544, ext.118, or rcusick@bgcsonoma.org.