With over 400 people in attendance, words cannot adequately express the feeling of immense gratitude and community that was felt throughout the venue.
Wine was sipped and forks were raised to a worthy cause.
50 different Chefs offering their culinary wonders and more than 40 wines and beers being poured.
The theme of ‘give back’ was apparent. $550,000 was raised to support fire relief in Northern California’s Wine Country
Food, wine, space for the venue all donated to such a worthy cause.
Rise Up Sonoma guests were invited to explore the region through food and wine and learn more about the people who make the community so strong in Wine Country….. even before the fires. The camaraderie is felt as participants and guests all welcome and hug each other, many folks were friends and family at this event. A culinary and wine focused bonanza.
Mixed with an equally excited group of travelers that had arrived specifically to support the Napa and Sonoma communities through giving and fundraising.
They fly in from across country, drove up from down south and ubered from across town, it was an all out support team for the cause. A silent auction also raised funds with magnums of some of the finest locals wines as the star.
The loss of life, homes, and businesses was devastating for so many.
Some facts that show the impact of the North Bay fires:
More than 160,000 acres—or 250 square miles—have burned in Sonoma, Napa, and Solano counties.
Forty-three people have died across Northern California, including 23 in Sonoma County alone. As of last week, dozens of people were still missing. Altogether, the Northern California fires are the deadliest in the state’s history.
Cal Fire tally of Sonoma County’s three simultaneous fires last month reported close to 9,000 structures were destroyed, and 5,500 homes that were completely destroyed, with an additional 4,000 partially burned.
The Tubbs fire alone destroyed 4,658 homes in the Santa Rosa area, including Fountaingrove, Coffey Park, Larkfield and a number of rural neighborhoods, a fact worsened by the Bay Area’s already dire housing crisis. Those who can afford to rebuild their homes face a labor shortage and steep labor costs.
The state commissioner estimated that losses have topped $3 billion, and that number is expected to increase. The fire now ranks as the state’s most destructive, and damage from Sonoma County’s three have made it the costliest in U.S. history.
When Rise Up Sonoma Event Happened: December 3, 2017
Where: Sonoma Country Day School
All proceeds from this event will be distributed to the following charities in support of victims:
Direct Human Element | Care Relief Fund | Redwood Credit Union Fund | UnDocuFund Fire Relief for Sonoma County
Long-term and short-term housing | Burners Without Borders | Homes for Sonoma | Rebuild Wine Country
ABOUT RISE UP SONOMA
A very passionate group of dedicated and compassionate people pulled together for an incredible evening in Sonoma County benefiting those deeply affected by the devastating north bay fires.
This group consists of San Francisco/Sonoma County’s most influential and notable chefs and restaurants. The winery partners are comprised of the rarest and most sought after in the country. The event is an evening of delectable wine, food, and one of a kind auction items, finished with a sensational concert led by some of music industry’s legendary artists. To learn more, please visit: www.riseupsonoma.org.