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Boys & Girls Clubs To Benefit From Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

Organizers hope to raise $400,000 to help the clubs open seven new sites at schools.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend begins Friday and runs through Sunday. This year, the producers aim to raise $400,000 to benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. The clubs are working to open several new locations on school campuses and increase academic support for students.

Events include the Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch (which is now sold out), the Sonoma Starlight Supper Club at Francis Ford Coppola Winery, sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. Jean, sponsored by TricorBraun WinePak, and an assortment of other winery-hosted events throughout Sonoma County.

Events are co-produced by the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation and Sonoma County Vintners. Each year, proceeds from the auction benefit local communities and charities serving students, children, farm workers and people in need. To date, more than $11 million has been raised.

This year, donations can be made at any time between now and the live auction on Sunday. Matching donations from businesses, corporations, individuals and anonymous sources are also being sought. Donors can call 707-935-0803 to make a contribution.

Applicants from throughout Sonoma County applied to be beneficiaries of the auction, according to a news release.

"They were required to demonstrate a specific need that, with support, would have an immediate impact on the community,” said Maureen Cottingham, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Co-Producer, “The Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County serve 6,200 kids throughout our county every year."

“In the Sonoma Valley, there has been a significant increase in demand for services from our clubs,” said Dave Pier, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley Chief Executive Officer. “The Fund-A-Need auction lot proceeds are necessary to continue the programs that help our kids achieve academic success.”

Seven new club sites are in process. These clubs can serve an additional 700 kids every day, according to a news release. More than 3,000 kids now visit the Central Sonoma County sites daily.

For those who cannot attend the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction, yet would still like to participate in the charitable effort, an online auction of additional lots, including many of Sonoma County’s finest large format wine bottles and exclusive experiences, is open for bidding through Sept. 7 at http://www.biddingforgood.com/sonomawinecountryweekend.

The Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance (SVVGA) is a non-profit trade organization serving over 500 members who share a mission to promote awareness of Sonoma Valley’s grapes, wine, and history as the birthplace of the California wine industry. It is a non-profit 501c.3 organization that has raised over $8 million for local Sonoma Valley charities. For more information on the SVVGA and SVVGF, visit www.SonomaValleyWine.com.

Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions, and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 175 wineries of all sizes throughout the county. Learn more about SCV at www.SonomaWine.com.

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