St. Helena, CA -- The Napa Valley Vintners' (NVV) 33rd annual Auction Napa Valley was one for the record books, achieving $16.9 million in overall fundraising for healthcare and youth education nonprofits in Napa County. The American Wine Classic's record-breaking results exceeded the previous record of $10.5 million raised in 2005 by more than 60 percent, reaffirming Auction Napa Valley's position as the world's most celebrated charity wine event.
"Even after 33 years, Auction Napa Valley still has some surprises up its sleeve," commented Shari Staglin, owner and CEO of Staglin Family Vineyard. "We are grateful to the bidders, the vintners and the 500 community volunteers who, year after year, work together to showcase what makes Napa Valley such a special place -- good food, great wine and a community spirit unlike any other. So many lives will be changed by the 'irrational generosity' of the wonderful bidders from around the globe. Our family thanks them from the bottom of our hearts." Shari, husband Garen and children Shannon and Brandon served as honorary chairs of this year's Auction Napa Valley.
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