I wish to express my deep gratitude to the Napa Valley Vintners for its leadership and generosity in holding its yearly wine auction, which raises millions of dollars for Napa’s neediest and most vulnerable citizens.
This week, the Vintners announced its disbursement of $772,000 from funds raised through its 2012 Auction Napa Valley to help support services to Napa’s citizens who are at risk or affected by substance abuse, mental illness, and health issues related to aging.
This donation is part of its $7 million commitment to two strategic priorities: community health and children’s education.
As a co-founder of the Wolfe Center, Napa County’s only nonprofit service provider of adolescent drug and alcohol use and abuse prevention, intervention and treatment services, I know firsthand just how indispensable Auction Napa Valley has been in sustaining the many nonprofit groups in our county that are doing such fine work.
The auction was particularly instrumental in helping us all weather the recent economic downturn that began in 2007.
The Napa Valley Vintners, through its yearly auction, has been there for the Wolfe Center from the beginning. Funds from the auction helped us physically construct the Wolfe Center building, as well as develop its program services. That’s about 10 years of sticking by us and believing in the Wolfe Center’s mission.
And like so many other nonprofits in Napa County, we could not have helped so many of our citizens in need without your support.
In closing, Auction Napa Valley has become a respected institution and a pillar in Napa, and I again express my deep gratitude to the Vintners for its extremely valuable work to improve our community and the lives of our citizens.
Bill Dodd, District 4 Supervisor