Wine auction fundraiser

Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-05), far right, was the master of ceremonies for the California State Society wine auction fundraiser, held Dec. 7 in Washington, D.C. With him, from left, are Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R, FL-26), Former Rep. Bob Dold (R, IL-10) and Todd Walker, Altria Client Services Inc.

Benefit wine auction raises $260,000 for North Bay Fire Relief Fund

On Thursday, Dec. 7, the California State Society hosted a wine auction fundraiser in Washington, D.C. to support Redwood Credit Union Community Fund’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund.

The event was held in conjunction with Congressman Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena), the Wine Institute, and WineAmerica.

Thompson was the master of ceremonies for the evening’s program, which raised $260,000 and was held at Altria’s Washington D.C. offices.

The live auction, led by Steve Zacharias of the Zachys Auction House, included lots provided by Jackson Family Wines, Napa Valley Vintners, Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance, Duckhorn Wine Company, Colgin Cellars, Screaming Eagle, Hall Wines, and more. The silent auction included premier California selections, as well as contributions from vineyards in Oregon, Washington, and New York.

Thompson said, “I am so grateful to everyone who helped make this event such a success: the California State Society, the wine community, sponsors, donors, and so many of my Congressional colleagues. Thanks to everyone’s efforts, we were able to raise an astounding $260,000 to help the communities hit by these devastating fires. That money will help those who’ve just lost everything to begin rebuilding their lives.”

The Redwood Credit Union Community Fund’s North Bay Fire Relief Fund supports the immediate needs of people and businesses in the four affected counties who were impacted by the North Bay fires.

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