Lake County Wine Alliance | $137,461 to Local Groups in 2018
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$137,461 to Local Groups in 2018

$137,461 to Local Groups in 2018

LAKE COUNTY, CA. — The Lake County Wine Alliance, the charitable arm of the local wine industry, is proud to announce the distribution of $137,461to charities and organizations in  proceeds from the 2018 Wine Auction and funds from the Lake County Rising Fire Relief Fund.This money has been given to the five area high schools and 17 other Lake County organizations.

Proceeds from the 2018 wine auction totaled $100,730.00, while supplemental funding from the fire relief fund totaled $36,711. Money from the fire fund was designated to help rebuild the Trailside Park outside Middletown, to support Worldwide Healing Hands for their work with victims of the Ranch and River fires, and to assist several other organizations on our beneficiary list that have been involved with fire relief efforts.

The Lake County Wine Auction continues to be the largest single source of funding for the Wine Alliance, “We appreciate our donors, bidders and guests who through their contributions are investing in the success of the Lake County community. Their generous support assists in local nonprofits who care for a wide range of needs to operate.  Contributions are focused into three areas; education, health, and community needs,” said Sharron Zoller secretary of the Lake County Wine Alliance.

The 2018 Lake County Wine Auction was held at Boatique Vineyard and Winery, and was a production of the non-profit Lake County Wine Alliance which is made up of local wineries, grape growers and related businesses and community sponsors. Including this year’s funds, the Lake County Wine Auction has raised $1,597,252.00 to foster true arts, benefit health services and otherwise support the local community. An additional $1,000,000.00 has been raised for fire relief and rebuilding efforts in coordination with the Lake County Rising Fire Relief Fund.

Applications are now being accepted for proceeds from next year’s wine auction to be held Saturday September 21, 2018 at a location to be announced. Potential beneficiaries may apply for funding from next year’s event through the auction website www.WineAlliance.Org. The deadline for filing an application is May 1, 2019.

Our success this year would not have been possible without our valued sponsors: Calpine at the Geysers, Sutter Lakeside Hospital, American AgCredit, Brassfield Estate Vineyard & Winery, Six Sigma Vineyard & Winery, Lake County Tribal Health, Sysco Foods, Holdenreid Harvesting, Umpqua Bank, Artist John Clarke, Boatique Vineyard & Winery, Trinchero Family Estate, Bella Vista Farming, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Beckstoffer Vineyards, Adventist Health Care Clear Lake, Servpro, Shannon Ridge Family of Wines, Cache Creek Vineyards and Winery, The Travel Centers, TricorBraun WinePak and Congressman Mike Thompson

Organizations helped by the Lake County Wine Alliance in 2018 were as follows:

The five area high schools for their Arts Programs
Lake County Sheriff’s Activity League
Totes for Teens
United Veterans of Lake County
Woodland College Culinary Program
People Services of Lake County
Friends of the Lake County Museum
Lake County Mock Trial Program (LCOE)
Lake County Literacy Coalition
Dolly Parton Imaginary Library of Lake County (LCOE)
Friends of the Lake County Library
Lake County Church Women United
World Wide Healing Hands Lake County Projects
Lake County Food Pantry
Any Positive Change
Operation Tango Mike
Sponsoring Survivorship
Lake County Senior Centers Meals on Wheels Program
Lake County Public Services Department for rebuilding of “Trailside Park”

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.
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