The annual event raised a whopping $4 million for Sonoma County charities—its highest amount to date.
By Virginie Boone
But it was the Fund the Future lot—entitled “If Kids Can’t Read, They Can’t Succeed”—that truly moved the room. A group of bidders—including Katie Jackson of Jackson Family Wines Collection, Matt Gallo of Gallo Family Vineyards, Benovia Winery, Hamel Family Wines and Francis Ford Coppola Winery—each donated $100,000. Co-chair Klein of Rodney Strong Vineyards donated another $100,000 and challenged the audience to match it. Many quickly did, resulting in a total of $1,635,000 raised for Sonoma County kids.
By Lot Number 28, with 10 more to go, the auction surpassed the $3-million mark. The donations will benefit 43 charities across Sonoma County, with a concentration on children, health and the environment.