VIP Biographies

This Year's Band
One Rockin' Party Band

The "Funky Dozen" blends fun and funk to keep people on the dance floor all night long. Led by Larry Thompson, the band focuses primarily on favorites from the 1970s, but also pulls the best from the 80s and 90s, to provide high energy music people want to move to.

Co Chairs
Owners of Cole Creek Euestrian Center

John and Joanne Van Eck, the owners of Cole Creek Equestrian Center and "Narley Dude Ranch" are proud to be the honorary co-chairs for this year's Wine Alliance auction. The Van Eck's have have been involved in the life of Lake County and been strong supporters of Hospice of Lake County, Operation Tango Mike, the Lake County Farm Bureau and other organizations. 

John R. Clarke
Creator of the Painting and Poster

Clarke, a former anesthesiologist, has been painting on silk since 1994 and each year has created an original piece of art that has been reproduced as a poster by the Wine Alliance and used in various publications and publicity for the event. His use of intense pastels enhance colorful presentations of Lake County scenes, and this year is no exception. This year the subject of John's painting has an equestrian theme which relates very well to our venue, The Cole Creek Equestrian Center.

Matt Hughes
Auctioneer & Cuve Winemaker
Six Sigma Winery

Matt says he is a big fan of anything fermented - especially wine and he will bring that enthusiasm to his role as co-auctioneer at the Lake County Wine Auction. As winemaker at Six Sigma Estate winery, his creativity and drive are backed up by ten years of hands-on winemaking experience, including positions at Wildhurst Vineyards and Kendall-Jackson. We can't wait to see what he comes up with for this year's Cuvee wines. As far as the auction goes, Matt knows his way around Lake County which makes him a huge asset to our auction team. He and his wife Nancy enjoy the simple pleasures of country life on their small homestead farm in Kelseyville.

Mike Thompson
Special Guest
United States Congressman
First District of California

Mike Thompson has represented Lake County in Congress since 1998. Prior to serving in Congress, he represented Lake County in the California State Senate. He is the co-founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Wine Caucus, which consists of over 215 U.S. Senate and House members. Mike has been an active supporter of the Lake County Wine Alliance and the annual Wine Auction since its inception. Mike and his wife Janet, a family nurse practitioner, own a small vineyard in Lake County.

Shaun Hornby
Hornby's Furniture Restoration

Shaun Hornby, owner/operator of Hornby's Furniture Restoration in Lakeport and vocalist and guitarist of the popular band LC Diamonds, will be the evening's auctioneer. Hornby is an experienced and dynamic auctioneer, having conducted auctions in England and in Lake County. Born and raised in Cheshire, England, Hornby moved to Lake County in 1999 with his wife Janice and daughter Faith. His wife owns and operates Skin Fitness in Lakeport, while his daughter was crowned Miss Teen Lake County in 2010.