Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley Launches Campaign to Build New American Canyon Clubhouse

Napa Valley Vintners announces early Christmas gift of $2 million toward the project


12/15/2014 - Napa, CA – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley announced today that it is launching a $4 million fundraising campaign to construct a new clubhouse in American Canyon. The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) nonprofit trade association presented the group with an early Christmas gift by pledging $2 million from Auction Napa Valley proceeds to seed the project.

“Our dream is becoming a reality thanks to the Napa Valley Vintners," commented Mark Kuhnhausen, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley. “We look forward to other community members joining our fundraising campaign to help us meet the total $4 million goal.”

The new 14,000 square foot clubhouse, which is expected to serve 250-300 children each day, will feature areas dedicated to early childhood education, teens, technology and general education. The clubhouse will benefit not only American Canyon youngsters, but the entire community as it will have a kitchen and meeting space available for public use. The Boys & Girls Clubs plans to break ground in spring of 2016 with completion anticipated by the following winter.

“This grant is part of the NVV’s commitment to caring for our community from American Canyon to Calistoga,” said Russ Weis, chairman of the NVV Board of Directors. “It builds on the $5 million we've already invested in Boys & Girls club operations since 1999.” Weis announced the NVV’s pledge at a pizza party held today at the existing American Canyon clubhouse and attended by Boys & Girls Club members, local officials and winery members of the NVV.

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley
Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley provides youth ages 6-18 with a safe, positive place after school, during most holiday breaks, and throughout summer. Key programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. We serve more than 1,200 kids and teens per day at 11 locations in Napa and American Canyon. Learn more at

About the Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence for 70 years by inspiring its 500 members to produce consistent quality wines, provide environmental leadership and care for the extraordinary place they call home. Learn more at

About Auction Napa Valley
Auction Napa Valley is the NVV's annual community fundraiser that for more than 30 years has utilized the worldwide reputation of Napa Valley wines and the scenic beauty of the region to raise funds to enhance the health and wellbeing of the Napa Valley community. To date, the NVV has invested more than $130 million from Auction Napa Valley proceeds in Napa County nonprofit organizations.

More information is available and community donations toward the project can be made at

View plans for new Boys & Girls Club in American Canyon

Contact: Patsy McGaughy, Communications Director 707.968.4207