NAPA VALLEY VINTNERS DISTRIBUTES UNPRECEDENTED PERCENTAGE OF WINE AUCTION 2001 PROCEEDS
$7.2 Million -- 95 percent of the $7.6 Million Raised Last June Goes to Napa County Nonprofit Organizations
12/4/2001 - In a special ceremony today in downtown Napa, the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) distributed checks in the amount of $7.2 million to Napa Valley charities.
Today's donations totaled a full 95 percent of the total proceeds generated by last June's 21st annual Napa Valley Wine Auction (NVWA).
Recipients of proceeds from the 2001 Napa Valley Wine Auction enjoy a celebratory moment -- new checks in hand -- with Auction co-chairs Robert and Margrit Mondavi (center).
Historically, local and national charitable groups donate 50-75 percent of total fundraising event proceeds, with the remaining dollars used to cover costs.
Thanks largely to the generosity of those who attend, as well as the massive volunteer effort and in-kind donations, the NVWA has been able to turn nearly all of the Auction proceeds over to Napa charities.
"We are enormously pleased to see the generosity of our bidders, vintners, volunteers and supporters transformed into such a meaningful contribution to our community," said Robert and Margrit Mondavi, co-chairs of this year's Auction.
In a special ceremony at the Napa River Inn, Robert and Margrit Mondavi and Association president Margaret Duckhorn were on hand to distribute checks to 24 local nonprofit organizations - benefiting 27 different programs. Over $3 million was awarded to local health care organizations; $615,000 to youth development agencies; $736,314 to affordable housing organizations; and, $185,000 to special projects.
In addition to the millions in direct distributions, $2.1 million was deposited into the Health Care Fund. The Health Care Fund is an account established and maintained by the NVWA to fund special health-related projects and to ensure funding in the event of a future shortfall in Auction proceeds. Each year, a percentage of Auction proceeds are contributed to this fund. This year, 30 percent of the proceeds went to the Health Care Fund.
Additionally, the Health Care Fund annually awards two percent of the interest it accrues over the previous year. This year, $140,000 was awarded to Our Family, for renovation of the Wolfe Center -- a future drug and alcohol center for adolescents.
For the second year running, a special contribution was set aside for unanticipated community needs that may arise between now and next year's Wine Auction distribution of funds. The set aside this year is $414,936.
This brings total contributions from the 2001 Auction to $7.2 million, bringing contributions by the world's largest charity wine event to more than $36 million since the NVWA's inception in 1981.
Proceeds from this year's event will support projects ranging from dental care services for Napa County's poor and uninsured, to middle school counseling programs for Latino youth.
Beneficiaries of the 2001 Auction proceeds are as follows:
Behavioral Health Collaborative, $375,000 - Aldea, Family Service of the North Bay, Hospice of Napa Valley, COPE, Nuestra Esperanza and Lutheran Social Services are the primary mental healthcare providers for under/uninsured children and families in Napa County. This collaborative provides a system of services for children struggling with abuse, neglect, and emotional problems. In 2000, the collaborative served more than 2,000 children and families in Napa County. The funds will be used for program services.
Clinic Ole, $575,000 - The primary provider of healthcare, providing prevention, education, and treatment services for uninsured and underinsured persons in Napa County. In 2000, it provided over 20,000 client visits. The funds will be used for ongoing program services.
COPE, $88,875- Through home visitation and center based intervention and support services, this agency is geared to prevent child abuse and neglect. The funds will help support the implementation of a home visitation program.
Garden Haven/Adult Daycare, $42,875 - This program provides social interactive support for individuals with Alzheimer's disease. The funds will be used for ongoing program support.
Healthy Moms and Babies, $180,000 - This program is the only comprehensive prenatal service program in Napa County offering bilingual case management for prenatal care. Obstetric care is provided by private practice obstetricians. Nutrition, psychosocial and health education is also provided by this entity. The funds will be used for ongoing program support.
Hospice of Napa Valley, $121,000 - This is the only community-based nonprofit organization that provides hospice and adult day services for the terminally and chronically ill. The funds will be used for salary support.
Nuestra Esperanza, $80,000 - This agency provides emotional, educational, and physical support for Latino families and individuals. This donation will be used to provide Up Valley drug and alcohol counseling for the Latino community.
Our Family/Stabilization Center, $200,000 - This agency will provide residential drug and alcohol treatment services through the establishment of a 30-bed residential stabilization program. The funding will be used for startup costs of the new Napa Valley Residential Stabilization Center.
Queen of the Valley, $500,000 - Donation will cover the cost of replacing diagnostic imaging equipment for the radiology/fluoroscopy rooms.
Sister Ann Community Dental Clinic, $328,000 - This is the only dental clinic in the County serving those without private dental insurance and who are low income and/or eligible for State funded insurance programs. The clinic serves approximately 10,000 patient visits per year. The donation will be used for uncompensated dental care for the medically indigent, and purchase of dental equipment and furnishings needed to start operations in the new Napa Valley Vintners Community Health Center.
St. Helena Hospital, $500,000 - Donation will serve as second year funding of the cardiovascular lab upgrade.
Women's Center of St. Helena, $98,000 - Funding will be used to purchase breast cancer screening equipment.
Catholic Charities/Rainbow House, $35,000 - Rainbow House is a residence in Downtown Napa operated by Catholic Charities to house single women between the ages of 18-24 and their infants and children. Residents may remain up to 18 months and during that time must participate in independent skill training; make financial contributions; and, set money aside. The donation will be used for program support.
Catholic Charities/Shared Housing Exchange, $50,000 - The shared housing exchange program provides home sharing opportunities for individuals who need safe, clean and affordable housing. Funding will serve approximately 250 individuals seeking assistance.
Napa Valley Community Housing, $601,314 - Funding will be used for the construction of the Phelps Farmworker Facility ($295,775); support of staff resources for the existing migrant farmworker system ($230,532); and, support for management of low income rental units ($75,000).
Napa Valley Shelter Project, $50,000 - Funds will be used to provide interest free loans to low-income families who are about to become homeless due to economic downturn.
Boys and Girls Club of American Canyon, $50,000 - Donation will be used for operating expenses.
Boys and Girls Club of Napa Valley, $50,000 - Donation will be used to develop teen oriented programs and a new facility in the city of Napa.
Boys and Girls Club of St. Helena, $70,000 - Funds will support the after school program in St. Helena and Calistoga.
Nuestra Esperanza (CLARO/CLARA), $160,000 - CLARO/CLARA is modeled after a program established in Los Angeles promoting emotional, educational, and physical well being of Latinos in middle school. Funds will support continued middle school programs.
CyberMill, $70,000 -Funds will be used to support for computer and prevocational training for under privileged at risk youth.
Matrix, $60,000 - Funds will assist in fami