Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Doubles Contributions and Delivers Over One Million Dollars to Local Charities

Wine Community and Recipients Gather at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn for Check Presentation March 7

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Sonoma County, CA, March 7, 2014 – A record-breaking total of $1,086,350 in contributions to 44 Sonoma County non-profit organizations was distributed today from the hugely successful 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Over 100 guests representing Sonoma County’s wine industry leadership, non-profit organizations, local dignitaries, and top donors celebrated the momentous donation at a luncheon hosted by the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn in Sonoma Valley.

The record-breaking figure includes over $700,000 from the Fund the Future initiative to support children’s literacy programs, which was raised during the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction last September. Beginning in 2013, the Fund the Future literacy initiative supports successful Sonoma County organizations focused upon childhood literacy and preparing kids to read. These funds will be divided between Fund the Future beneficiaries Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Community Action Partnership: Pasitos Playgroups, and United Way: Schools of Hope.

In addition, over $385,000 in Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Community Grants ranging from $2,000-$15,000 were awarded to 41 charitable groups located across Sonoma County.  Last year’s contributions to Fund the Future and Community Grants from the 2012 event totaled of $483,500, reflecting a 55% increase in revenues for 2013.

Squire Fridell of GlenLyon Vineyards & Winery and the President of the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation announced the donation total to the group. “As Sonoma County’s leading wine fundraising event, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend brings the wine industry and our guests together to support our community by investing in our youth and children for their future success, by preserving our environment and natural resources, and by improving health and welfare of our local communities.” To date, the event has given more than $12 million dollars to help secure Sonoma County’s future through the work of important non-profit organizations.

Dan Goldfield of Dutton-Goldfield Winery and President of the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation stated, “Today is a great day for our vintner and grower community as we award our Sonoma Wine Country Weekend contributions to more than forty non-profit organizations from across Sonoma County. Wine is community. No other endeavor is as connected to the place where it is made as wine, and the stronger our community is, the stronger we as vintners and growers can be at what we do. It is an honor to be able to support organizations in every town in our community. Thank you to again to everyone who helped us get here.”

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Community Grant Recipients are  Alliance Medical Center, Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County,  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, Ceres Community Project, Chop’s Teen Club,  F.I.S.H. (Friends in Sonoma Helping), Food for Thought, Global Student Embassy, Hanna Boys Center, Healdsburg Education Foundation, Jewish Community Free Clinic, La Luz, On the Move, Operation Access, PDI Surgery Center, Redwood Empire Food Bank, (Sonoma Overnight Support), Sebastopol Area Senior Center, Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma County Regional Parks, Sonoma County Youth Ecology,       Sonoma International Film Festival, Sonoma Paradiso Foundation, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, SVVGA Scholarship Program, Sonoma Valley High School Agriculture Department, Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, Sonoma Valley Teen Services, Sunny Hill Services, The Children’s Village, The Living Room, Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, Transcendence Theatre Company, Valley of the Moon Aquatics, Verity, Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, WillMar Family Grief & Healing Center, Worth our Weight, and YWCA Sonoma County.

In addition to supporting over thirty Sonoma County charities each year, over $2.5 million in Sonoma Wine Country Weekend gross proceeds directly support the local economy and marketing and promotion of Sonoma County growers and vintners year-round. Promotion and media coverage of the event generates hundreds of millions of additional media impressions for Sonoma County wines and tourism.

About 2014 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Sponsors and Beneficiaries

As Sonoma County’s leading annual wine fundraising event, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend brings the wine industry, chefs, and guests together to invest in our community by supporting youth and children for future success, preserving our environment, and improving health and welfare of our local communities.

A partnership between Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and Sonoma County Vintners, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend takes place on Labor Day weekend each year and features Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch®, Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean, Sonoma Starlight at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, and an assortment of intimate and exclusive winery lunch and dinner parties at multiple locations throughout Sonoma County.  To date, more than $12 million has been invested in Sonoma County’s future. For more information visit www.SonomaWineCountryWeekend.com.

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