Friday, April 3, 2015, 3:03 pm
A record-breaking total of $3.39 million in contributions to 84 Sonoma County nonprofit organizations was distributed Thursday afternoon from the hugely successful 2014 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.
More than 150 guests representing Sonoma County’s wine industry leadership, non-profit organizations, local dignitaries, and top donors celebrated the momentous donation at a reception hosted by American AgCredit at Vintner’s Inn.
The record-breaking figure includes more than $1.7 million from the Fund the Future initiative to support children’s literacy programs. That was raised during the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction last August.
Beginning in 2013, the Fund the Future literacy initiative supports successful Sonoma County organizations focused upon childhood literacy and preparing kids to read. These funds will be divided between Fund the Future beneficiaries Sonoma Valley Education Foundation: Summer Reading Academy and the Grade Level Proficiency Program, Healdsburg Education Foundation: Accelerated English Program, Community Action Partnership: Pasitos Playgroups and AVANCE, and United Way: Schools of Hope.
In addition, $1.67 million-plus in Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Community Grants ranging from $2,000–$50,000 were awarded to 79 charitable groups located across Sonoma County. Last year’s contributions to Fund the Future and Community Grants from the 2013 event totaled $1,086,350 reflecting a 211% increase in revenues for 2014.
Squire Fridell of GlenLyon Vineyards & Winery and the president of the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation announced the donation total to the group.
“As Sonoma County’s leading wine fundraising event, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend brings the wine industry and our guests together to support our community by investing in our youth and children for their future success, by preserving our environment and natural resources, and by improving health and welfare of our local communities,” he said.
To date, the event has given more than $16 million dollars to help secure Sonoma County’s future through the work of important non-profit organizations.