St. Helena, CA -- This year's Auction Napa Valley, the world's most celebrated charity wine event, is on track to exceed an astounding $16 million in total funds raised. Although the final tally won't be certified until the event officially ends with Sunday night's close of the E-Auction, officials at the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) are declaring the 2013 event a record-breaker. This total tops the previous Auction fundraising record of $10.5 million set in 2005, the 25th anniversary of the event.
"We are overjoyed with the generosity of the patrons, vintners and volunteers that made today possible," said Garen Staglin, who along with his wife Shari, daughter Shannon and son Brandon, were the 2013 event's honorary chairs. "The success of Auction Napa Valley 2013 allows us to fulfill our promise of turning marvels to miracles for the beneficiaries we support. Thank you, thank you all."
"Auction Napa Valley 2013 was a show-stopper: that rare moment in time when months of hard work by many people, strong relationships, a recovering economy and the bounty of this special place converge to create a memorable event," said Linda Reiff, executive director of the NVV, host of the annual Auction Napa Valley. "We may not see another year like this for a long time and we are grateful for the magical combination that made this year's Auction one for the record-books."
The Live Auction Celebration, which took place today at Meadowood Napa Valley, as it has each and every year since the Auction's inception, raised an astounding $14.3 million in just over 3.5 hours. Top fundraising lots of the day included:
- Marvels to Miracles/Fund-a-Need: $3.7 million
- Dana Estate: $1.02 million
- Harlan Estate: $800,000
- Screaming Eagle: $500,000
- Joseph Phelps Vineyards: $450,000
- Darioush: $400,000
- Staglin Family Vineyard: $400,000
- Araujo Estate Wines: $340,000
- Dalla Valle Vineyards: $340,000
The Napa Valley Vintners will announce complete results from the four-day event on Sunday night. Follow the Auction through photos, videos and via social media at www.auctionnapavalley.org/2013.
About Auction Napa Valley
Auction Napa Valley, the Napa Valley Vintners' annual community fundraiser is the most celebrated charity wine auction in the world, donating more than $110 million to health, youth and affordable housing non-profit programs. Founded in 1981, under the vision of Robert and Margrit Mondavi and other vintner leaders, this quintessential showcase of Napa Valley's best wine, food and outstanding hospitality has grown to be a four-day gathering held each year the first weekend in June. Learn more at www.auctionnapavalley.org.
About the Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents more than 450 Napa Valley wineries and collectively is a leader in the world-wide wine industry. To learn more about our region and its legendary American wines, visit www.napavintners.com.