Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation
Announces October Fundraising Drive
Benefiting Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Solvang, Calif. – The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation will kick off its annual fundraising drive to benefit
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County at Foxen Vineyard and Winery on Monday, September 28 at 5pm.
Representatives from the wineries of Santa Barbara Vintners, Foodbank and members of the press are
welcome to attend the informal event featuring wine, cheese and an informational kick-off celebration.
During the month of October, funds to support Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will be collected by the
Vintners Foundation in several ways. Participating wineries will display collection boxes in their tasting
rooms to collect money from visitors; a “Donate” button will be available October 1st on the Celebration of
Harvest website; and proceeds from the Celebration of Harvest Silent Auction to be held on October 10 at
Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang from noon to 3:00 pm will go to the Foodbank.
Since 1989, the members of the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation have donated more than $100,000 to
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “The Santa Barbara Vintners are honored to partner with the Foodbank
and contribute to our local community in such a meaningful way,” says Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation
president, Jenny Williamson Doré.
The 2015 Celebration of Harvest Silent Auction will feature unique collectible items including large format
bottles, special one-of-a-kind collections as well as private tastings and other winery experiences. A variety
of 3 liter bottles have been donated, including Pinot Noir from Melville Winery, Palmina 2009 Alisos, 2007
Cabernet Sauvignon from Semler Wines, and Zaca Mesa Syrah. A 5 liter bottle of Qupe “Hillside” Syrah
from the Bien Nacido Vineyard will also be up for bid. Cambria Winery has put together a unique offering of
a mixed case of wine from its own Julia’s Vineyard which includes selections of Pinot Noir produced by
Byron, Foxen, and Hitching Post Wines.
About Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity
through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through its
award-winning nutrition education programs and a network of over 300 member non-profit partners. In Santa
Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank; over 104,500 unduplicated
people of whom 35% are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed 9.7 million pounds of food - half of
which was fresh produce. For more information, visit www.foodbanksbc.org.
About the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation
The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation is the charitable umbrella under which the Santa Barbara Vintners
conducts its philanthropic work. Through the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation, the membership of Santa
Barbara Vintners contributes to the community through local charitable, art and educational and scholarship
organizations with proceeds from its various events.
Celebration of Harvest at Mission Santa Ines in Solvang on October 10, 2015
Proceeds from the Silent Auction at the Festival Grand Tasting to go to Foodbank of Santa
A listing of items donated to the Silent Auction can be found at celebrationofharvest.com
Sharing the Fruits of Our Labor…
The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation raises funds annually through Silent Auctions at both the
Vintners Festival and Celebration of Harvest in support of local non-profit organizations including the
Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People
Sponsorship of Vino de Sueños annual event
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation Scholarship Program
Annual Scholarships to qualifying high school seniors in northern Santa Barbara County
Annual Scholarships to qualifying students in the Allan Hancock College Enology and Viticulture
In addition, the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation partners with Direct Relief to hold The Santa
Barbara Wine Auction, a biennial gala event to benefit Direct Relief.
For more information about the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation go to sbcountywines.