Considered a Santa Barbara summertime tradition, The Taste of the Vine & Auction is Sansum Diabetes Research Institute’s premier community fundraiser to support diabetes research, education and care. The event takes place on August 17th from 3:00 to 6:00 PM.

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is pleased to host its popular fundraiser, the 12th Annual Taste of the Vine & Auction, on Saturday, August 17, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at the QAD, Inc. headquarters on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Summerland. Event proceeds support diabetes research, education, and care.

The event features a spectacular view, music by Society Jazz, and a live auction led by honorary auctioneer Geoff Green, Executive Director of the Fund for Santa Barbara. Attendees will be able to partake in delectable food, fine wines and hand-crafted beer from over 40 of the Central Coast’s best purveyors. There will be a silent auction with outstanding items including meals at restaurants, spa treatments, and exceptional wines.

New at the event this year is a special VIP reception available to VIP ticket holders and top level sponsors. This reception will feature wines from Foley Family Wines and specialty catered food beginning at 2:00 PM, in addition to a sneak peak of the auction items and other vendors prior to opening.

Rabobank, N.A. is the Estate Sponsor. Other top sponsors to date include the Bialis Family Foundation, Thomas S. Crawford, Jr. and Nancy Crawford, Jim and Amy Sloan, Henry Bull Foundation, Bradley Herrema and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, Foley Family Wines, Montecito Bank & Trust, Angelina Trujillo, M.D., The Inserra Family, The Coeta and Donald Barker Foundation, Union Bank, Anchor Point IT Systems, The Boyd Family, Tim and Louise Casey, Cottage Health System, Alexander DePaoli, M.D., MichaelKate Interiors and Eyman Parker Insurance Brokers.

VIP tickets are $125.00 each. Please note that general admission tickets priced at $90.00 are sold out as of August 5, 2013. Tickets may be purchased online at or at the door on the day of the event if not sold out. For more information call Pamme Mickelson, Special Events Coordinator at (805) 682-7638 ext. 246.

About Sansum Diabetes Research Institute

Sansum Diabetes Research Institute is an internationally recognized research center devoted to the prevention, treatment and cure of diabetes. Dr. William D. Sansum, who brought renown to Santa Barbara in 1922 as the first physician in the U.S. to produce and administer life-saving insulin to patients with diabetes, founded the nonprofit organization in 1944. Today, Sansum Diabetes Research Institute remains an extraordinary place, where diabetes research, nutrition, education, and diabetes prevention have improved the lives of people worldwide who suffer from this serious disease.

Sansum Diabetes has gained global acclaim for its work to develop an artificial pancreas, its success in developing protocols to increase the incidence of healthy babies born to women with diabetes, and its work with people with and at risk for type 2 diabetes. Physicians and researchers continue to develop new treatment protocols for people with diabetes, including new drugs and medical devices.

It is our intention to use our past and present accomplishments to guide us into the future – to tap into the energy and commitment that made Sansum Diabetes Research Institute what it is today – a worldwide leader in diabetes research, prevention, and treatment. For more information on Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, contact Sarah Ettman-Sterner at (805) 682-7638 or and visit


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