A grand time was had by all at the 57th annual Gavilan Auxiliary Chapter of the Kinship Center's Fundraiser for their programs in San Benito County. The event is the oldest wine festival in the United States, according to organizers.
More than1,300 people gathered on the lawns of the beautiful Historic Paicines Ranch, hosted by Sallie Calhoun.
The event was co-chaired by Suzie Crump and Kris Waller, who said that the tickets sales were way up from the past few years and they are confident that they will exceed their fundraising goal. Last year they sent $55,000 to the Kinship office in Salinas. They feel they will be able to increase the donation this year.
Among the items Auctioneer Mark Wright took bids on were vacation getaways and the three day use of a Rolls Royce.
It is the Kinship Center's mission to "create and support safe, permanent homes for children coming from abuse, neglect or abandonment."
Beverages were poured by Aimee June Wine, Aldrich Vineyards, Alicats Winery, Bear’s Hideaway, Calera Wine Company, Casa de Fruta, Clos La Chance, De Rose Vineyards, Fortino Winery, Guerra Cellars, Guglielmo Winery, Hecker Pass Winery, J. Lohr Vineyards, Jayse, Kirigin Cellars, Pietra Santa winery, River Run Vintners, Sarah's Vineyard, Summerayne, Teague Vineyards, Ventana, WildEye Winery, Graveyard Vineyards, Leal Vineyards
…and additional beverage contributions: Hollister Hills Brewery, Damm Water, and S. Martinelli & Company
Feeding the attendees were B & R Farms, The Basque Restaurant, Case de Fruta, Cheung Sheung, Country Rose Café, Dona Esther Mexican Restaurant, Ella's Italian Restaurant, Faultline Restaurant, Felice Forno, Garlic Festival Foods, Heavenly Bakery, Java Express, Jardines, La Casa Rosa, La Villa de Jerez, Mama Mia's, Mansmith BBQ, Margot's Ice Cream Parlor, Marich Confectionary, Miyako Japanese Restaurant, Papa Murphy's, Relax Grillin n & Chillin, Ridgemark Golf & Country Club, Running Rooster, San Benito Bene, San Juan Oaks Golf Club, Save Mart, Starbucks, The Pendergrass, Windmill Market, Vertigo Coffee Roasting.
Sponsoring the event were:
Pacific Diversified Insurance
Recology San Benito County
Bianchi, Kasavan and Pope
Andrew Shelton Insurance New York Life
Dassel’s Petroleum, Inc.
Edward Jones Investment, Mark Vivian, Financial Advisor
San Benito Health Foundation