Fundraising event celebrates local wine, beer, champagne and food purveyors
Mendocino College Foundation’s annual Gala was held on Saturday, August 12 and showcased the BEST of MENDOCINO COUNTY. The best food, wine, beer, champagne and gifts were available to guests.
Over 400 guests attended the annual fundraiser which supports student scholarships at Mendocino College. This year’s event was a partnership between the Mendocino College Foundation and the Mendocino Wine Growers. The annual event was held under the really big tent on the Stadium Field. Guests mingled under the tent sampling a beautiful array of food and beverages from local purveyors, joined in the fun of the wine pull, live and silent auction and golden ticket trip giveaway.
Senator Mike McGuire was this year’s enthusiastic and energetic auctioneer who raised $28,000 to fund a new scoreboard for the baseball field. Eight of the MC Baseball players joined McGuire onstage, and for every donation towards their new scoreboard the players took turns giving out signed baseballs which simply said thank you.
“Survey results are still coming in from the guests, but the feedback so far indicates that everyone “loved being under the tent and thought the selection of beverages and food were outstanding,” stated Marilyn Harden, Special Event Chair.
Of those surveyed, 87% said that the selection of wine and appetizer stations were excellent! Guests loved the new setting on the stadium field; they thought the food was fantastic and our local restaurants wowed everyone with their first class food; the Culinary Arts Management Program (CAM) was mentioned several times and people enjoyed talking to the students in the program; everyone enjoyed the “fun” factor in this year’s event and gave Senator Mike McGuire high praise for outstanding live auctioneering skills;
Prizes included auction lots from Jan Hoyman Pottery, Leonard Lake Reserve, Handley Cellars, Jaxon Keys, Potting Shed built by the Sustainable Tech Program Students, gifts from Habitat, Cold Creek Compost, Germain Robin and a big Traeger barbeque courtesy of Friedman’s Home Improvement to name a few.
The event has raised over $125,000 and additional donations are still being received. In addition to the fund a need, proceeds from this event provide scholarships and book awards to students attending a Mendocino College campus in Ukiah, Willits, Lakeport and Fort Bragg.
Special thanks to the following wineries, food purveyors and other beverage stations:
Backbone Vineyard & Winery, Barra Winery, Bonterra, Brutocao, Campovida, Cesar Toxqui, Coro Mendocino, Enoteca, Frey Winery, Goldeneye, Gowan’s Hard Cider, Graziano Wines, Greenwood Ridge Vineyards, Handley Cellars, Husch, Jaxon Keys, Maple Creek Winery, McFadden Farm, Mia Bea, Parducci, Rivino, Seebass Family wines, Testa. Assaggiare Mendocino/Stella Cadente Olive Oil, Bella Cibo, Chop Chop/Patrona, Crush Italian Steakhouse, Dora's Gourmet Café, Elevenzies, Harvest Market, Kemmy’s Pies, MC CAM (2 stations), Oco Time, Pilon Kitchen, Piazza de Campovida, Saucy, Schat's Bakery Café, Tres Bien Creamery, Ukiah Brewing Company, Ukiah Garden Café, Westside Renaissance Market
This year’s Presenting Sponsor was Crush, Guillon, Inc., Realty World Selzer Realty. Additional sponsors included Khoury Dentistry, American Ag Credit, Community First Credit Union, Fowler Subaru, Handley Cellars, NC Financial Group, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Adventist Health Frank R. Howard Memorial, Adventist Health Ukiah Valley, Main Street Research LLC, Beckstoffer Vineyards, Carter Momsen PC, Keenan & Associates, MCHC Health Centers, NCRM, SHN Consulting Engineering & Geologists, Inc, Sutter Health Sutter Lakeside Hospital, TLCD Architecture, Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition, Max 93.5 and 94.5 K-Wine.
“Based on guest comments and the feedback received so far, the 2017 Gala was a great event that was really fun,” stated Charley Myers, Foundation President.
For more information about the Mendocino College Foundation or to donate towards any of their programs, call 707-467-1018.