No speeches or heart-wrenching stories or barking by an auctioneer cut into the fun of Music in the Vines, the party with a purpose and a view Thursday evening at Santa Rosa’s hillside Paradise Ridge Winery.
Everyone there knew the hosting Disability Services and Legal Center needs dollars to help some of its most vulnerable clients, people with disabilities who are homeless or in danger of becoming so.
The strategy for the evening was to trust that guests appreciate the need, and to let them enjoy themselves and the wine, the food, the music, the scenery and the conviviality. It worked.
Pausing often to take in the panorama from the winery up off Fountain Grove Parkway, supporters of the Disability Services and Legal Center sipped wine while feasting on culinary creations of Thai Time Asian Bistro, Champagne Taste Caterers and the European Food Store.
There was something in the silent auction to tempt or intrigue just about everybody. And the raffle was a kick. Guests snapped up tickets for a chance to win one of a dozen door prizes, such as admission for four to Disneyland.
Outside on the patio, guests savored the evening breeze and music by The Hellhounds. Dinner time flowed smoothly into dance time.