PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Grassini Family Vineyards Raises $19,015 for Alpha Resource Center’s Katie’s FUNd


Santa Barbara, CA - December 17, 2015

Thanks to the incredible generosity of the local Santa Barbara community, the teens and young adults at Alpha Resource Center have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.

At the 4th Annual “Grassini Gives Back” Fundraiser held at the Grassini Family Vineyards wine tasting room in the historic El Paseo Center on Sunday, December 13th, approximately 75 people sipped on Grassini Family wines while they bid on silent auction items and scribbled their names on raffle tickets. When storm clouds threatened rain, the Wine Cask Restaurant generously offered the use of their beautiful Riviera Room, which allowed plenty of space for more silent auction items as well as a table to display the numerous raffle prizes.

All told, the event raised $19,015 for this beloved local charity - an amount that was more than three times what the fundraising goal had been! “The Katie’s FUNd program means so much to so many people, and this donation will make a huge difference in keeping this program going for the future,” said Amy Buesker, the Recreation Coordinator for Katie’s FUNd. “The outpouring of love and support that we saw this year was so touching. This is a fantastic program that helps so many local families, and our family feels fortunate to have been able to organize this event for them,” said Katie Grassini, CEO of Grassini Family Vineyards.

100% of the silent auction proceeds as well as all of the tasting fees and raffle ticket sales from the day were donated directly to Katie’s FUNd to help them continue to provide amazing activities for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities living in Santa Barbara. The best part? At the end of the day, Grassini Family Vineyards matched 100% of the day’s tasting fees and raffle ticket proceeds, and donated that entire amount to Katie’s FUNd as well, bringing the total amount raised to $19,015.

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The Grassini Family and everyone at Katie’s FUNd would like to thank the following wonderful folks for everything they did to make this event such an unparalleled success:

Caliendo Photography
Coastal Concierge
CorePower Yoga
Dawn Diaz
Drea O’Connell
Eat This, Shoot That SB Food & Wine Tours
Elizabeth Juncosa
Eye See SB Photography Tours
Glassed Over
Jenny Schatzle Program
Jessica Foster Confections
Jilli Vanilli
Rustic Botanicals
Salt Cave Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra
Slingshot Art Gallery
Stagecoach Wine Tours
Sustainable Vines Wine Tours
The Bay Club - Uptown
The Bay Club Uptown Pilates Studio
The Grassini Family
The Janeway Family
The Kearin Family
The Wine Cask Restaurant
Tom Bryant, Resident Artisan
Tyler Wines
Young Balance Sports Coaching

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Katie’s FUNd was established by the Janeway Family in July 2003. It honors the determination and passion for life of Katie Janeway, a 14 year old with developmental disabilities who died tragically while attending camp in 2002. Katie’s FUNd provides social and recreational activities for teens and young adults. Activities include crafts, sports, karaoke, holiday parties, movies, dances and more. Participants in the programs also choose from a range of community activities each month. Events are incredibly varied and are based on the interests of the group. Some of the most popular activities are bowling, dinners at local restaurants, cooking nights, local concerts, and visits to local museums or attractions. The group has also taken on rock climbing, kayaking, and ropes courses, and is always looking for new adventures!

Grassini Family Vineyards is a family-owned estate winery located in the Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara AVA in the Santa Ynez Valley. The vineyard and winery are set on one hundred acres of wilderness with thirty-five acres under vine. Specializing in the handcrafted production of Bordeaux wines, the estate farms the property to its fullest potential using only renewable and sustainable resources. With an approach which centers around craftsmanship, Grassini Family Vineyards aims to create wines which represent the uniqueness of this special site and climate. Their wine tasting room located in the historic El Paseo in downtown Santa Barbara makes it easy and convenient to explore one of Santa Barbara’s favorite Bordeaux producers. Visit for more information.


Katie Grassini
Grassini Family Vineyards
(805) 897-3366 – tasting room

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