15 Dec 2016 Distributions
LAKE COUNTY, CA — Participants in the 2016 Lake County Wine Auction raised their bid cards high at this years event and generated a record breaking $135,000 for 27 local schools, organizations and charities. The second highest distribution was in 2005, when $125,000 was given away.
Despite the pressure on donors because of last year’s fires, their generosity continued unabated. “These donations will be extremely helpful this year as many of our beneficiaries are still struggling because of fire-related losses,” said Kaj Ahlmann, auction board president.
Distribution of this year’s donations took place at a festive event, Wednesday December 14, 2016 at the Sawshop Bistro in Kelseyville attended by more than 35 representatives of the beneficiaries.
The 2016 Lake County Wine Auction, held at Cache Creek Vineyard and Winery, was a production of the non-profit Lake County Wine Alliance, which is made up of local wineries, grape growers, related businesses and community sponsors. Since it’s founding in 2000, the Lake County Wine Auction has raised $1,401,502.00 to foster true arts, benefit health services and otherwise support the local community.
Applications are now being accepted for proceeds from next year’s wine auction to be held Saturday September 16, 2017. Copies of the application are now available at the auction website www.WineAlliance.Org.
The 2017 Lake County Wine Auction will once again be held at Cache Creek Vineyard & Winery at 250 New Long Valley Road in Clearlake Oaks. Situated at the intersection with Hwy 20, this facility is a premier gateway to this outstanding corner of the California Wine Country.
Hosts for the 2017 auction will be Don and Margie Van Pelt, owners of the Cache Creek Facility.
Our success this year would not have been possible without our valued sponsors: Calpine, P.G. & E., Sutter Lakeside Hospital, Beckstoffer Vineyards, Lake County Winegrape Commission, Six Sigma Vineyard & Winery, Sysco Foods, Tribal Health, Mendo-Lake Credit Union, Umpqua Bank, Bella Vista Farming, Boatique Winery, Cache Creek Vineyard & Winery, Saw Shop Bistro, Servpro, Shannon Ridge Vineyards & Winery, TricorBraun WinePak, Congressman Mike Thompson, Kelseyville Pharmacy, Brassfield Estate Winery, C-Line Express Trucking and Savings Bank of Mendocino County.
Distributions for 2016 were as follows: $9,000 Lower Lake High School Arts Programs $9,000 Kelseyville High School Arts Programs $9,000 Upper Lake High School Arts Programs $9,000 Clear Lake High School Arts Programs $9,000 Middletown High School Arts Programs $10,500 People Services $ 4,500 Any Positive Change $ 3,750 Lake County Hunger Task Force $ 3,000 Catholic Charities $ 5,250 Lake County Symphony Association $ 3,750 Lake County Arts Council $ 2,700 Friends of the Lake County Museum $ 7,500 Friends of the Lake County Library $ 4,500 Lake Community Pride Foundation $ 1,800 Children’s Museum of Arts and Science $ 3,000 Lake County Literacy Coalition $ 7,500 Lake County Sheriff’s Activity League $ 4,500 Yuba College Culinary Club $ 3,000 Clearlake Gleaners $ 5,250 Operation Tango Mike $ 4,500 Sponsoring Survivorship $ 2,500 Highlands Senior Service Center $ 2,500 Lakeport Senior Activity Center $ 2,500 Clearlake Oaks Senior Center $ 2,500 Lucerne Alpine Seniors $ 2,500 Middletown Senior Center $ 2,500 Kelseyville Senior Center Members of the Wine Alliance board are Kaj Ahlmann, Lower Lake, president; Judy Luchsinger, Lakeport, vice president; Sharron Zoller, Kelseyville, secretary; Rob Roumiguiere, Kelseyville, treasurer; and Marie Beery, Kelseyville, and Bill Groody, Kelseyville, directors.