For the second year in a row, the ruins of the old cement factory in American Canyon were transformed into a scenic — and successful — fundraiser for the local parks foundation.
The American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation reported its second annual An Evening at the Ruins, held Sept. 9, raised $145,000 — besting its first event last year that brought in $100,000.
Two hundred and seventy guests wined, dined and bid on auction items at the sold out event held amid the concrete ruins of the old Standard Portland Cement Company factory that has become a mecca for urban graffiti artists.
Foundation President Janelle Sellick said after paying the event’s expenses, the foundation will net about $85,000.
More than half that amount — $45,000 — will be spent on outdoor exercise equipment for Clarke Ranch. Another $5,000 will be donated for the project’s demonstration gardens and outdoor classroom/gathering area.
Donations during the evening ranged from $100 to $10,000, according to Sellick.
She said this year’s fundraiser had some new elements, such as offering VIP tickets as well as general admission tickets.
VIP ticket holders received a special wine glass “with bottomless pour” plus a swag bag, an early VIP reception, and complimentary pouring from DeFina Family Cellars and Duckhorn Wines.
Another twist this year saw two local art teachers create paintings as the event unfolded. The paintings were auctioned off, with the highest going for $2,000.
“It was a beautiful custom painting of the ruins,” said Sellick.
The evening was topped off with an after-party on site that featured DJ music and dancing.
Major sponsors for An Evening at the Ruins were the Napa Valley Vintners, McGrath Properties and the Jaeger Family — developers of Watson Ranch — and the Stravinski Development Group.
The ruins could someday be incorporated into a new commercial center called the Napa Valley Ruins and Gardens under the Watson Ranch project, which seeks to build 1,250 residential units in American Canyon.