Open That Bottle!

Elegant Evening for Fundraising

Open That Bottle Night guests expect an elegant evening packed with poignant success stories, a lively auction and toasts to good health and good friends.

This year's event did not disappoint.

NorthBay Healthcare Foundation's Feb. 24 gala thanked Solano Wine & Food Jubilee's largest sponsors and donors for the support of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement programs over the past 31 years.

Donor support reached a record level this year, according to Craig Bryan, Jubilee committee chair. "We have eight Presenting Sponsors, the most in Jubilee history!"

They are Al and Patt Shaw, Heidi Y. Campini, Dr. Lee and Valerie Freeman, Dennis and Alex Landis, DPR Construction, Paradise Valley Estates, Western Health Advantage and Wise Auto Group.

The evening's highlight was presentation of Spirit of Philanthropy awards to two very surprised couples: Mark and Ann Sievers and Stanley and Amy Davis.

Mark, who serves as chair of the NorthBay Board of Directors, and wife Ann, were recognized not only as being founders of the Jubilee, but for their generous donation of items to Open That Bottle Night's Live Auction. Ann referred the first patient to the hospice program 31 years ago.

Stanley, a NorthBay Healthcare Foundation board member, was tapped for consistent and generous support of numerous NorthBay programs and services, from the Guild, to Hospice and Bereavement, and to the We Honor Veterans and Mission to Serve programs.

Mission to Serve provides scholarships and services for veterans who cannot afford hospice care during their last battle, explained Wayne Gietz, vice president of ambulatory services and senior manager for Health at Home, Hospice and Bereavement.

Moments before Spirit of Philanthropy awards were announced, Stanley stood to say he was donating $10,000 to the Mission to Serve program and it was then matched by several others. He was moved by Niki Petersen, director of Respiratory Services, who related a touching story of how the program had helped a local veteran and NorthBay Hospice patient suffering from end-stage ALS. Hospice provided the ventilator at home so that he be there for the birth of his grandchild.

The elegant evening kicked off with pre-party wine tasting, featuring local varietals from 12 wineries, a presentation of colors by members of the 60th Air Mobility Color Guard, an a cappella rendition of the National Anthem by Ke'Lee Bordeaux, and concluded with a spirited live auction of exotic vacations, golf packages, tickets to sporting events, an instant wine cellar and a winemaker dinner.

When all was said and done, the tally was more than $60,000 in contributions to Mission to Serve, in addition to the $160,000 raised during the Live Auction.

BackRoad Vines donated 75 bottles of their Breast-Cancer Chardonnay, which were purchased by attendees for $50 each, and all the proceeds went to NorthBay Cancer Center.

"With your generous sponsorship and support this evening, I can honestly say we're headed toward another very successful Jubilee," concluded Craig. "See you all again on May 19 at the Nut Tree in Vacaville!"