Sunshine filtered by budding trees bathed expectant guests of a luncheon at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa on Friday, lauded by greeter Squire Fridell as “the best day of year.”
It was the day the operators of 40-plus local nonprofit service organizations learned of the financial gifts their agencies will receive from the 2013 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend and its Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction.
The news was good, historically so.
Bearing the tidings were Fridell, the actor and Glen-Lyon Vineyards and Winery owner who leads the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation, and Dutton-Goldfield Winery’s Dan Goldfield, head of the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation.
They announced to luncheon guests that charitable proceeds from last fall’s Sonoma Wine Country Weekend were a record $1,086,350.
That figure sparked a cheer from representatives of the beneficiaries. Chief among them are the organizations committed to improving child literacy — Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, Community Action Partnership and United Way of the Wine Country’s Schools of Hope — that will share $700,000.
The balance will be distributed among local charitable nonprofits. Goldfield said it’s a good day when the county’s wine grape growers and vintners can do something significant for organizations in service to humanity that are out doing “what we wish we had the time to do.”