Winegrowers Raise $325,000 for Charity
The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation and the Wente Foundation for Arts Education held a fruitful auction.
Image courtesy of Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation
The Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation and the Wente Foundation for Arts Education raised $325,000 for underserved East Bay children at the 24th annual Livermore Valley Wine Auction on September 29, 2018. This year’s fundraising brings the total raised over the event’s history to over $5 million.
The mission of the LVWF nonprofit is to raise funds to improve children's quality of life. Partners in the LVWF include such wineries as Leisure Street, Nella Terra, Darcie Kent, Nottingham Cellars, Page Mill, Wood Family, Boa Ventura, Wente, Longevity, Big White House, Crooked Vine, Fenestra, and many more.
The two foundations will present checks early next year to Open Heart Kitchen, which will serve weekend lunches to children who receive free and reduced-price lunches during the week; De La Salle Academy, which provides middle-school education to low-income boys with academic promise; Livermore Valley Performing Art Center's Bankhead Theater; and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education projects for Tri-Valley schools.
The funds were raised thanks to contributions from many individuals and companies, including Dublin Chevrolet, First Tech Federal Credit Union, and the Priem Family Foundation. Supporters of the event included Diablo Magazine, Celebrity Cruises, Black Tie Transportation, FedEx, and more.
"We really appreciate the generous support of our sponsors donors, bidders, and Livermore Valley wineries," said auction chair Christine Wente.
"We're already looking forward to next year."