Sonoma-Cutrer® Joins Forces with Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area to Host Wine
Country Event to Raise Record-setting $773,000 for Foundation
Special Release Wine Introduced Exclusively to Guests, 300 Bottles Donated to
LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 2, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky., June 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards and
Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area once again teamed up to host 700 guests for an
event to raise funds for children suffering from life-threatening illnesses
while showcasing some of the best wine and food Sonoma County has to offer.
Wishes in Wine Country, held Saturday, May 17^th, at Sonoma-Cutrer, set a new
fundraising record—over $773,000 (including cash and in-kind contributions)
which equals roughly 69 wishes that will be granted.
Attendees enjoyed tastings and croquet during the May 17 Wishes in Wine
Country event at the Sonoma-Cutrer winery which raised $773,000 for
Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area.
The croquet lawns of the Sonoma-Cutrer winery were the backdrop of the festive
day to support the fundraising event for Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. More
than 35 local restaurants and wineries offered guests small tastes and pours
during the Grand Tasting which was followed by the Sunset Dinner and live
Sonoma-Cutrer donated 300 bottles of its special release wine Legacy to
Make-A-Wish and 100% of the proceeds went to the foundation. Event attendees
were the first to have the opportunity to taste and purchase the Winemaker's
Release Legacy wine which is the creation of three of the winery's past and
present winemakers, and is a cuvee Chardonnay made from 2012's best barrels.
"We are so honored and humbled to be a part of the Wishes in Wine Country
event and for our ongoing partnership with Make-A-Wish," said Tracy
Thornsberry, Sonoma-Cutrer brand manager. "This foundation is truly making a
difference for these amazing and deserving children and we are just thrilled
to get the chance to experience this firsthand and in such a celebratory way."
Sunset Dinner guests were introduced to Sam Tageson, the 18 year old from
Martinez who suffers from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and who along with
his mother Lisa spoke to the sold-out crowd, choking back tears as they
described Sam's condition and what his wish meant to him. Following this, the
live auction featured a wide array of extraordinary trips, wine themed items
and experiences. The biggest lot, and always the most meaningful, is the
Adopt-A-Wish^® lot, during which guests can make a donation to help make a
child's wish come true. This inspired $165,000 in contributions for this lot –
an event record and enough to grant 22 wishes.
"This is one of my favorite events all year. We have so many loyal donors who
join us each May at Sonoma-Cutrer to help raise money for wishes," said
Patricia Wilson, Executive Director Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area. "But the
reason for our event remains the same—hundreds of children in our home towns
face life-threatening medical conditions that forever change their lives, and
the lives of their families. So I was moved to tears whenI saw the sea of
paddles go up during our Adopt-A-Wish lot, which goes entirely to granting
About Make-A-Wish^® Greater Bay Area:
Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area grants the wishes of children with
life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope,
strength and joy. In 2014 Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area celebrates 30 years
fulfilling magical wishes. During its first year of operation, in 1984, the
chapter granted 27 wishes. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, the
Greater Bay Area grants over 300 wishes per year and has granted over 6,000
wishes to date. The chapter covers 17 Northern California counties: Alameda,
Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Marin, Monterey, San
Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Siskiyou, Solano
and Sonoma. The goal of Make-A-Wish is to grant a wish to every eligible
child in its territory. Anyone can suggest a child for a wish. For more
information or to refer a child for a wish, please call 415/982-9474 or visit
Sonoma-Cutrer is one of the fine wines produced and marketed by the
Brown-Forman Corporation. For more than 140 years, Brown-Forman has enriched
the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol
brands. The company's brands are supported by nearly 4,000 employees and sold
in approximately 160 countries worldwide. For more information about the
company, visit www.brown-forman.com. Please enjoy our wines responsibly.
© 2014 Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards, Windsor, Sonoma County, California
Sonoma-Cutrer winery hosted croquet for guests of the Wishes in Wine Country
event which raised $773,000 for the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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SOURCE Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards
Contact: Brittany Gilbert, Brown-Forman, 502-774-6949,
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