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Neighbors Helping Our Kids and Our County – Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Beneficiaries
As Sonoma County’s largest and most fun fundraising event each year, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, and the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction in particular, bring the vintners, growers and guests together to invest in our community by aiding efforts to support youth and children to ensure their success, preserve our environment for future generations, and provide for basic unmet services which improve the health and welfare of our local communities. To date, more than $11 million has been invested in Sonoma County’s future.
In addition to supporting over thirty Sonoma County charities each year, almost $2 million in Sonoma Wine Country Weekend gross proceeds directly support the local economy and marketing and promotion of Sonoma County growers and vintners year-round. Promotion and media coverage of the event generates hundreds of millions of additional media impressions for Sonoma County wines and tourism.
The vintners and winegrowers of Sonoma County are starting a multi-year commitment to invest in improving childhood literacy through “Fund the Future” presented by Kaiser Permanente at the Sonoma Harvest Wine Auction. Proceeds raised through the “Fund the Future” auction lot will support key reading programs that address the fact that more than half of Sonoma County third-graders currently read below grade level.
Beginning in 2013, the “Fund the Future” will support three successful Sonoma County organizations focused upon childhood literacy and preparing kids to read. The “Fund the Future” beneficiaries are: Schools of Hope (United Way of the Wine Country), Sonoma Valley Education Foundation’s Summer Reading Academy, and Pasitos Playgroups by Community Action Partnership. In Sonoma County, 54% of third-grade students read below proficiency levels. Students who do not reach reading proficiency by the third grade are less likely to graduate from high school, and have an increased chance of future poverty, health problems, and other social issues.
“It’s a known fact that if kids can’t read, they can’t succeed,” said Paul Hoffman, President of the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Foundation. “The vintners and winegrowers of Sonoma County are committed to helping kids read, because reading is the key to future success for each child.”
Research shows that third-grade reading proficiency is a powerful predictor of academic achievement. The vintners and winegrowers are making a multi-year commitment to supporting this issue through “Fund the Future” to help Sonoma County increase the third grade literacy rate to 90% by 2018. “There is no issue more central to the long-term wellbeing of our communities, and the long term success of an individual than that of early childhood education.” said Dan Goldfield, President of the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation. “If we fortunate vintners can help impart that gift to any kid who otherwise wouldn't enjoy it, it should be our honor and pleasure.”
In addition to the designated “Fund the Future” beneficiaries, Sonoma County non-profit organizations apply for grants, which are then awarded by the co-presenters’ foundations, the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Foundation, and the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation. Grant applications are normally accepted in December, with awards announced in March of each year, based on the net proceeds of the preceding Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.
To see the 2012 Beneficiaries Press Release, click here.
To apply for a Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Grant and get on the mailing list, email email@example.com.