From the Heart, Soul
Every year a new “Mayor of Mankas” is appointed in Green Valley and part of the job entails naming a charity to receive benefits from a fundraiser of the mayor’s choice.
This year, NorthBay Cancer Center and the NorthBay Heart & Vascular programs were selected — thanks to Mayor of Mankas Bob Ritchie, and his wife, Patty. The couple had long hoped to support the programs that helped their family in a time of need, and the Charity Ball proved the perfect opportunity.
The first ever Heart and Soul Charity Ball was held March 11 at Vezer Family Vineyard, and it was a complete sell out. Guests, dressed in elegant attire, were greeted with glasses of Vezer wine as they arrived, and invited to peruse a silent auction and enjoy some pre-meal hors d’ouevres. Music was provided by Rhythm Method 4.
As guests sat down to a meal catered by Cast Iron Grill, they learned of the evening’s purpose.
“My father, a Kaiser patient, suffered a heart attack last November,” Bob said. “He was told in the ambulance they were going to NorthBay, because NorthBay has the No. 1 cardiovascular team in the county.”
Patty is also a breast cancer survivor, and the couple had been searching for a way of showing their gratitude for the compassionate care that Patty, as well as other family members received. When they learned that funds raised through the Heart and Soul Charity Ball would also help support Midnight Sun Foundation, through a collaboration with NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, they knew they had found the perfect combination. An endowment was established and funds raised from the Charity Ball and its live auction were added to that endowment.
“I want to thank NorthBay for saving my father’s life, and hope these funds we raised will help so many more people in their time of need,” Bob said.