On Oct. 1, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. signed into law Assembly Bill 1425, enabling nonprofits to use homemade wine and beer donations in their fundraising practices.

This last summer, in Napa, the Dry Creek-Lokoya Volunteer Fire Department was forced to cancel its annual fundraiser, the Home Winemakers Classic, due to the Alcoholic Beverage Control’s refusal to grant the event an alcohol permit. The permit issue created upheaval for many charity events, including the Home Winemakers’ Celebration of the Sonoma Home Winemakers and Sonoma Valley High School Boosters which had raised more than $20,000 a year, and the Santa Rosa Battle of the Brews fundraiser for the Active 20-30 club, which had raised nearly $1 million during the past 15 years for children’s charities.

“Assembly Bill 1425 will ensure that charities statewide can take full advantage of homemade wine and beer donations and use this fundraising tool to finance the valuable services they provide,” said Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis), who along with Assembly member Marc Levine (D-San Rafael) developed the section of the bill addressing the issue. The law will take effect Jan. 1, 2014. 

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