Vintner Dario Sattui, owner of Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga and V. Sattui Winery in St. Helena, has pledged $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga for construction of a permanent Calistoga club facility.
“I am really proud to make this small contribution to the future of our community, and believe this will make a positive impact,” Sattui said. “Let’s hope the club can raise the rest of the money quickly and open the new club.”
“This is a landmark moment for our organization,” said Executive Director Jay Templeton. “Mr. Sattui’s magnificent lead gift provides us the framework to begin focused discussions of our Calistoga project. The Boys & Girls Clubs and Mr. Sattui share the same values of respect for the environment and the importance of agriculture, nutrition, exercise, academics, entrepreneurship, technology skills and guidance in preparing today’s youth to be productive 21st-century citizens.”
Sattui will attend the club’s board of directors meeting on March 20 to present two $500,000 checks, one from V. Sattui Winery and the other from Castello di Amorosa.
The Sattui donation is the second lead gift received for the future Calistoga project. In November, the DeLong-Sweet Family Foundation made the first contribution, a $250,000 pledge arranged by Calistoga residents Paul and Pamela Ingalls.
Boys & Girls Club Board President Kathleen Herdell said, “We are thrilled by the generosity of Dario, Paul and Pamela. Their contributions will touch the lives of Upvalley children for generations to come. ‘Thank you’ just doesn’t adequately capture the gratitude we feel for these visionaries and role models. They are helping to give the kids a safe and positive place to be after school and all summer long.
“Having watched the excited faces of kids as they enter the St. Helena clubhouse, I can’t wait to give the Calistoga children that same experience.”
Currently the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga operates an after-school program at Calistoga Elementary School. In 2012, registered youth membership at that site was 395, with an average daily attendance of 129. The club also operates a Teen Center in the city’s Monhoff Center on Grant Street, adjacent to Calistoga Junior-Senior High School.
“For some time, the board of directors has discussed a Calistoga project,” Templeton said. “Our St. Helena facility was opened in January 2008 following a successful capital campaign. The next vision has been to establish a permanent facility in Calistoga through community fundraising.”
On April 26, the board of directors will hold a retreat to discuss the club’s future in Calistoga, including discussions on a potential location, cost, size, fundraising and timing.
“We hope to come out of that day with basic direction and to set the course for a new Boys & Girls Club building in Calistoga,” Templeton said.