Rocking Start to Support Jubilee
It was a night to remember. A four-course wine-maker dinner and a crowd dressed to the nines. A fast-paced live auction of one-of-a-kind items and exotic vacations that netted a record-breaking sum. A surprise presentation by an international rock star. It wasn’t Hollywood, but NorthBay Healthcare's Open That Bottle Night.
Those in attendance on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn were honored by NorthBay Healthcare Foundation for their support of the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee. The Jubilee's most generous sponsors promised to contribute at least $1,250 in funds, but many contributors had pledged up to $20,000 – or more – to the Jubilee's fund-raising efforts.
Open That Bottle Night has become a festive precursor to the Wine & Food Jubilee in the past seven years, according to Brett Johnson, president of the foundation. The occasion is an opportunity not only for the foundation and Jubilee organizers to thank its sponsors, but to showcase the many ways their contributions have lifted the quality of life for those in our community who have turned to NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement.
Guests enjoyed a four-course meal, paired with wines provided by Solano County wine growers and olive oil by NorthBay board member Mark Sievers and his wife Ann. During the meal, they learned how many patients had been assisted by NorthBay Hospice's services.
They also heard from international rock star Jacoby Shaddix, lead singer of the band Papa Roach and Vacaville native. Jacoby was on hand to reveal details of a project he is developing with the help of some local teens who had benefitted from NorthBay Bereavement counseling. Jacoby told the audience that the rock music business can be "a selfish culture," but since he had been introduced to the NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement program more than a year ago, he had grown to appreciate the kind of people who give of themselves. "Serving others is highest calling. NorthBay, what you do for kids in the community is so needed; no one should go through life in pain. The spirit of giving is embodied in this room.”
Following Jacoby's presentation, the live auction began. Guests were vying to be top bidder on a selection of exotic vacations, original artwork, private gourmet dinners, an instant wine cellar, private tours of Pixar Studios, as well as a chance to meet Food Network star Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives fame during a segment taping in San Diego in May.
When it was all over, more than $67,000 had been raised, all for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement programs.
The 26th Annual Wine & Food Jubilee will be held April 19 at the Nut Tree Complex in Vacaville. As in the past, ticket-holders can taste sweet and savory samples from more than 130 wineries, breweries, restaurants and merchants. There will also be dancing to the Time Bandits, an array of items to bid on in a silent auction, and a chance to win one of three cars – a Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata or Volkswagen Passat, donated by Momentum Auto Group of Fairfield, as well as $10,000 in cash prizes.
Presenting Sponsors of this year’s Jubilee are Momentum Auto Group, the Nut Tree, Freeman Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Al and Patt Shaw and Gold’s Gym.
Tickets to the 26th Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, for those 21 and older, are $75 each or, if still available on the day of the event, $100 at the door. Tickets can be purchased by calling (707) 646-3133, or by going online at www.wineandfoodjubilee.org.