The 2009 Livermore Valley Wine Auction raised $200,000 for various East Bay children’s charities — the same total it raised last year, the San Francisco Business Times reports.
The sold-out event at Concannon Vineyard attracted 250 attendees, according to the foundation, which is affiliated with the 42-member Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association. Ticket prices were lowered from $250 per person in 2008 to $175 this year, to keep attendance robust in a tough economy, a spokeswoman said.
To adapt to the current mood, the foundation “lowered the ticket price and offered several wine and food pairing stations instead of the traditional banquet,” Darcie Kent, the Winegrowers Foundation’s auction chairwoman, said. Kent is married to Livermore vintner David Kent and has her own Darcie Kent Vineyards.
Charities that benefited from the event included the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s programs to provide music education in area schools, ValleyCare Foundation’s mobile health Unit, the Children’s Skin Disease Foundation and the Kaleidoscope After-School Program — Easter Seals Bay Area, which helps special-needs children gain access to area amenities.
Over its 14-year history, the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation has donated more than $3.2 million to area charities.