The last couple of weeks have been a very trying time for all of us here in the Napa Valley. We all were either affected by the fire or had friends or family members who were. It's been a physically and emotionally trying time.
With the help and support of the local musician community, and countless local businesses, we were able to host a Napa Strong Benefit Concert at Billco's this past Sunday, Oct. 22. Through this benefit, we raised $16,180 for the Napa Valley Community Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund, and $12,189 for the Go Fund A Hero Firefighter Relief Fund.
With just 8 days to plan, it took the efforts of many people to make this event the success that it was, and thanks are due.
First, thank you to Billco's and the McCulloch Family who donated the space for the event without hesitation. In addition, Billco's donated the entry fee and $1 from every beer sold to the Go Fund A Hero project, which was set up to provide relief to those firefighters who lost their homes while fighting the fires. We will forever be grateful for their participation.
Once the date was set, both the Napa Valley Register and KVON/KVYN jumped on board to help promote the show and were instrumental in helping us host over 1,000 attendees over the course of the 12-hour event.
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Local businesses such as Sole Desire, B Cellars, Vintners Collective, Monday Bakery Goods, Napa Music Supply, Five Dot Ranch, Sing Napa Valley, Antica Napa Valley, Pro Winery Photographs, Jump Jump & Away, Rebel Girl, among others, donated items for our silent auction. Several local individuals also donated goods and services to the event and sought no recognition.
A number businesses from outside the area also jumped in to support the cause including Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, the Westin and Sheraton in Palo Alto, Oregon's Hop Valley Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewing from Colorado, Morris Distributing, Wine Warehouse, the Edwardian Hotel in San Francisco, and Sweet Bar Bakery in Oakland,
Two artists that performed for the event, Shelby, Texas and Dirty Cello donated house concerts to the auction. Another artist, Suzanne Kramer, donated a Taylor guitar for the silent auction.
Several individuals donated their time in assisting with the event, including Brian and Angela Linehan, Steve Della, Michele Querin, Mike Matlock, Tommy Ellis, Bill Pedersen, Terry Lee, Kristen Bennett, Amanda Tews, Amy Palagi, and many others.
Many thanks are due to Upstage Productions who provided the sound for the concert. The music sounded great, and Jake and Stu from Upstage spent over 14 hours from start to finish at the event.
The staff at Billco's also deserves our gratitude as they donated wages and tips to the benefit, and kept a smile on their faces despite a packed house and little chance for breaks. Their great attitude set a wonderful tone for the event.
Lastly, and most importantly, thanks to the people of this community who showed up in force to support the benefit. People were smiling, laughing and participating in the event, which is what made the day truly special. Napa Valley deserved a day out, and we're glad they chose to spend it with us.