On May 18th, The San Francisco chapter of MAKE-A-WISH foundation threw one of the summer’s best fundraisers at SONOMA-CUTRER WINERY. Titled “Wishes in Wine Country” the event replaced the Croquet Invitational of years past but retained the croquet whites with a splash of color dress code and of course, the option to play in SONOMA-CUTRER‘s croquet fields. In spite of that, the awating selection of chilled summer wines proved irresistible to most guests who made a beeline to the tasting tents where over 30 local wineries and restaurants offered delicious gourmet small bites and several varietals of wine.
Guests embraced the dress code and the small LUXETIGERS team and an additional MAKE-A-WISH committee secretly went around collecting photos of candidates for the best dressed, the most whimsical, and the best splash of color categories. The winners were cheerfully put on the spot and awarded their prices on the lawn before dinner. As the sun began to set, guests made their way to yet another large tent for a fabulous three-course seated dinner that ushered-in what we felt was the most remarkable part of the evening – the live auction.
We at LUXETIGERS attend a lot of charities and we have been to many beautiful events but the guests at Wishes in Wine Country simply displayed the best spirit we have witnessed at a fundraiser in a while. Several of the auction items were sold many times over and at least one item was sold four times! That of course put the room into overdrive and when they showed the footage of a young boy who had a heart transplant and was inspired to make a video for his old heart to the song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift – it simply brought the house down. The room was filled with tears, laughter, love and compassion and it was simply fantastic. After that, it was very touching but happily not surprising to see over half of the room’s bidding paddles rise up when the fund-a-need part of the auction commenced.
This amazing evening resulted in MAKE-A-WISH raising $766,840 in cash and in-kind donations which is a new record for this particular event. Wishes in Wine Country was a financial success but most importantly, it was a meaningful shared experience that left many of its attendees elated and satisfied.
MAKE-A-WISH Greater Bay Area 55 Hawthorne Street, Suite 800 San Francisco, CA 94105 Tel. (415) 982.9474