The Napa-Sonoma chapter is well on the road to achieving its 2012 scholarship fund goal due to the generous donations from many members for raffle ticket purchases, as well as wonderful auction item or gift certificate donations from individuals and businesses.
 
Most recently Donations Director, Geraldine Sbragia-Tyler, raffled off some terrific donation prizes at our last event at Back Room Wines: low-sulfite wine from Deerfield Ranch Winery, a gift certificate from My Girlfriend’s Closet apparel shop in Sonoma, and a not-yet-released bottle of wine from Villa Ragazzi!
 
Behind the scenes Geraldine has been racking up a host of donations for our upcoming raffles and silent auctions to benefit our scholarship fund. A big round of applause for our generous donors:

We are fortunate to be attracting companies that go above and beyond the call in such a tight economy! A BIG “Thank You” to Benicia Cork Supply for generously donating $500 dollars to the Women for WineSense Scholarship Fund. Did you know 100% of harvested corkwood can be utilized to make a variety of commercial and consumer goods? Therefore, at every stage from the forest onward, Cork Supply has developed closed-loop systems to capture all excess and sub-grade corkwood by-products. Cork Supply provides these to third-party manufacturers who use them to make technical corks, firewood briquettes and other items of value. Cork Supply was awarded the 2007 Sitevi® Innovation Medal for their patented INNOCORK® technique of removing TCA from natural corks.
 
Scott Laboratories, upon learning of our scholarship fund, generously committed $250! Thank you, Scott Laboratories, for your support! They have been in the wine industry for long enough to know all too well that the word “normal” does not really exist in the world of winemaking. But, after challenging harvests in the last few years, this year seems to be shaping up as “normally” as possible so far. Fermaid A, Exotics SPH and Scott’Tan FT ColorMax are some new products that Scott Labs has introduced this year that are meant to support the wine industry through harvest.

Scholarship funding can be fun when a shoe company, such as DSW (Designer Warehouse Shoes), offers five $50.00 gift certificates for our Napa/Sonoma Chapter silent auctions held during all of our events. Thank you for your support, DSW!
 
Did you know that DSW stores average approximately 22,000 square feet and carry approximately 24,000 pairs of shoes? It can be easier to find the shoes you really want when you are provided with so many choices!

Wine Rack Store chose to contribute to WWS’ fund by donating a 40 bottle wine cube stained amaretto, for our silent auction. “Our products always receive a lot of attention at auctions.” said Heather Hoskins, Wine Rack Store Director of Communications. “And anytime our products can be paired up in a wine like event setting, it’s even better.” 

In its more than 17 years in business, the online wine rack retailer has prided itself on giving back to the community. In 2011 alone, the store had donated wine racks to eleven different causes.
 
Remember: Even if you’re unable to attend our next event in Sonoma, you can still donate to our Scholarship Fund by going to the Eventbrite reservations page and selection the Donations ticket! Select any amount you’d like to donate to our fund.
 
Geraldine is looking for more donations for next month’s silent auction at the Women in Wine event on September 20th. As you can see from the above donations, anything from gift certificates, products, your expertise and wine make suitable donation items. 100% of proceeds go into our Scholarship Fund, awarded annually to four students in enology or related studies at U.C. Davis, Sonoma State University, Napa Valley College and Santa Rosa Junior College. Contact Geraldine at 707-337-3030.