Gala Vine & Dine Fundraiser Revenues Exceed $100K

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The Mendocino College Foundation’s annual Gala on the Green Vine and Dine fundraiser was held on Saturday, June 1 to the largest crowd ever. The event hosted 433 guests, an increase of over 25% from last year. 

(Pictured: Lake County residents Lori & Pat McGuire, Judy Conard, Megan Griffith, Wilda Shock, Trena & Armand Pauly)

This year’s Gala Vine & Dine was held on the Mendocino College Campus at the newly opened Student Plaza, showcasing the newly developed Student Center.  “Having combined our planning efforts with the MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) Program many talented students from the Culinary Arts department created a masterpiece meal, the Performing and Visual Arts students provided the evening’s entertainment and students from our athletic department helped keep things moving all evening,” stated Richard Cooper, special events/marketing committee chair.

Cooper joined the Foundation in 2008 and quickly became the chair of special events providing the vision and leadership necessary to grow the Gala from revenue $52,000 in 2010 to over $100,000 in 2013. “Richard had a goal and with his tenacity and incredible leadership skills we have met that goal!  As a result, more students will receive scholarships, book awards and financial support” stated Katie Fairbairn, foundation executive director. 

Event coordinator Travis Scott and Fairbairn expressed their gratitude to all of the event sponsors, auction item donors, winning bidders, Foundation board members, volunteers, participating wineries, appetizer stations and all of the Gala attendees for their wonderful support. 

According to Cooper, this year’s sponsors included Skunk Train, KWNE and MAX 93.5, Caito Fisheries, Mendo Lake Credit Union, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, Ray’s Station Winery, Mendocino Bridal, Realty World Selzer Realty, Ukiah Valley Medical Center, TLCD Architecture, Albert Beltrami, Carter-Momsen-Knight, Wright Contracting, Richard Cooper, Jay and Lisa Epstein-State Farm Insurance, Intercounty Mechanical and Electrical, Lake County Friends of Mendocino College, Jim Mastin, Gary & Edelgard Smith, Gary Nix, Midstate Construction, SHN Consulting Engineers, Solid Waste of Willits, Sutter Lakeside Hospital, Stan’s Maple Café, Wells Fargo Advisors John Goldsmith and Rand Rodgers, Midstate Construction, Fetzer Vineyards, Diane Daubeneck Insurance, Katherine Elliott and George Husaruk. 

(Pictured: Ukiah residents Dave Scollin & Frank Merritt)

(Pictured: Willits residents Bruce & Cassandra Andich, Ron & Brenda Orenstein)

Ukiah residents Paul Conrado, Jerilyn Harris, Milli Hickey, Duane Wells, Donald & Lynda Coursey, Bert & Joann Calson)

For many more photos from Gala on the Green Vine & Dine 2013, please visit our Facebook gallery.

The Gala is one of many ways the Mendocino College Foundation obtains funding to support students and programs at Mendocino College.  For more information, please contact the Foundation Office at 707-467-1018

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American AgCredit

Solid Waste of Willits
Harvest Market

 Mendo Lake Credit Union
Savings Bank of Mendocino County

Mendocino Community Health Clinic
Redwood Credit Union
Sutter Lakeside Hospital
Ukiah Valley Medical Center

Beckstoffer Vineyards
Carter, Momsen & Knight
George & Kit Elliott
Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital
Keenan & Associates
Khoury Dentistry
Gary Nix
Parker Mortgage & Investment Company
Realty World Selzer Realty
SHN Consulting Engineers & Geologists
Smith Vineyards
TLCD Architecture
Willits Furniture Center

94.5 Kwine . 93.5 Max
Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition
Coro of Mendocino
Caito Fisheries
Vintage Wine Estates
Handley Cellars
George Husaruk Jazz Ensemble

Assaggiare Mendocino
Dora’s Gourmet Café
Leslie’s Kitchen
Oco Time . Patrona
Saucy . Schat's Bakery Cafe
Starchild Chocolate
The Wholly Bowl