For the 10th anniversary of Hearts and Hands Preschool, businesses and residents alike showed just how generous a community can be with a great turnout for the Small Hands, Big Hearts annual benefit auction.
Held at Villa Ca’Toga, the annual event with food, wine and silent and live auctions brought in more than $25,000 in donations, according to Millie Pease.
“We had everything from a swim party for eight at Indian Springs to magnums of wine to photographs of the children by Linda Williamson to art and wine from all over the valley. The top bid was for an ‘Evening in Paris’ dinner for 12 at Jeanne McCann and Reece Baswell’s house,” Pease said.
The “Evening in Paris” will include music, three magnums of wine and specially prepared dinners with dessert.
Food was donated by several local restaurants such as All Seasons Bistro, Boskos, Brannan’s Grill, Calistoga Kitchen and more. A live swing and Dixieland band, the Swing Seven band, performed and Mayor Chris Canning acted as auctioneer for the live auction event.
“We really got a lot of community support,” Pease said.
Pease said she told people ahead of the event not to expect to see more of Carlo Marchiori’s villa than the rhino sculpture on the lawn, but to her surprise he opened the doors and invited in the guests for a look around.
When the umbrellas — loaned by the Calistoga Art Center — were folded as the sun set preschool director Denise Benner passed out flashlight pens to help guests make their way to the shuttle that would return them to the parking lot loaned for the night by Old Faithful Geyser.