Napa Valley Vintners Celebrates $2 Million Gift to Boys & Girls Club of St. Helena and Calistoga


1/26/2015 - St. Helena, CA—The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) wine trade association hosted a community event today celebrating its $2 million grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga’s Great Futures capital campaign. The campaign was created to build a new 14,000-square-foot clubhouse and community center in Calistoga that will include classroom space, a multi-purpose gymnasium, commercial kitchen, gardens, technology and art labs and a recreation room.

“The NVV is thrilled that proceeds from our annual Auction Napa Valley fundraiser will help support the construction of a new clubhouse for the Boys & Girls Club in Calistoga,” said David Duncan, chairman of the NVV Board of Directors. “We applaud the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga for their critical work developing facilities and programs in our community to inspire young people to reach their full potential.”

The new facility will allow the Boys & Girls Clubs to provide new programs and to greatly expand existing resources to reach significantly more children. It will also provide a safe and nurturing environment where students can actively engage in academic tutoring and enrichment programs, while offering critical support to working parents.

A nationwide Harris Survey sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America determined that compared to other children, its members are less likely to:

- Drop out of school (the national dropout rate is 30% with Boys & Girls Clubs kids at 7%)
- Become pregnant
- Join a gang
- Be involved with youth violence
- Enter the juvenile justice system

“It is rare that a community of our size is afforded the remarkable opportunity to showcase a facility such as that proposed for the Boys & Girls Club here in Calistoga,” said Calistoga Mayor Chris Canning. “This project will expand the great work the Boys & Girls Club does in allowing parents to feel comfortable that their children are in a safe place being mentally and physically engaged with constructive activities.”

This donation by the NVV is in addition to a $2 million pledge made last December toward construction of a new Boys & Girls Club facility and community center in American Canyon. This brings the total NVV investment in Boys & Girls Clubs throughout Napa County since 1999 to $6,036,900.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga
The mission of Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Helena and Calistoga is to provide all young people a safe, positive and unique place to develop their natural talents and to inspire them to achieve their full potential. More than 2,500 children ages 5-18 are served throughout the UpValley. To learn more visit

About the Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its more than 500 members to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to 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 $145 million from Auction Napa Valley proceeds in Napa County nonprofit organizations. Learn more at

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