March 2, 2017 – Geyserville, CA– This year’s CVWSF annual fundraising gala will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Soda Rock Winery in Healdsburg, California. With the generous support of donors, CVWSF will help fund the future for students with one or more parents employed as a Sonoma County vineyard worker, who are seeking to further their education. In 2017, Wilson Artisan Wineries hopes to award more than $60,000.00 in scholarships to deserving students. Gala attendees will be greeted with passed hors d’oeuvres as they meander through the silent auction while sipping current release wines from the Wilson Artisan Wineries. Guests will be invited to a formal three-course wine pairing dinner complete with an amuse bouche, bistro filet, and chocolate caramel tart provided by Park Avenue Catering. California Senator Mike McGuire will be heading the live auction post-dinner while guests imbibe on gold-medal wines followed by brandy or port digestifs.
The CVWSF planning committee is currently seeking attendees interested in purchasing a table to attend the event and auction as well as donors interested in contributing to this fund to continue to support the families of our local vineyard workers. Tickets are $100 per person or $750 for a table of 8. Five winemaker tables are also available for $1500 per table where guests will be seated with one of 5 winemakers. In addition to enjoying an amazing meal and wine, guests of the gala will be able to bid on incredible auction items that are the foundation of the scholarship fund.
Sixteen years ago Ken and Diane Wilson held a casual barbecue at Wilson Winery with the belief that children of Sonoma County vineyard workers should not be limited by financial hardships in their pursuit of educational opportunities; thus began the Children of the Vineyard Workers Scholarship fundraiser (CVWSF). In 2002, they collaborated with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau. Each year, Wilson Artisan Wineries provides numerous scholarships throughout Sonoma County and have since distributed more than $450,000.00 in scholarships.
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