Winner Drives Away with a Car
It was another sell-out success for the 26th Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, as more than 2,000 ticket-holders turned out to sample an array of foods, wines and brews on April 19 under the big tent at the Nut Tree in Vacaville.
In addition to the wine and food tasting, this popular benefit for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement also featured a raffle. The raffle’s grand prize—a brand-new car donated by Momentum Auto Group—was won by Vacaville resident Amelia Carson.
Amelia was not at the Jubilee when her ticket was pulled, but several friends called her just moments after they heard her name called, she says. “I had told one of them the day before I felt certain I was going to win the car, so when he called to say I won, my first thought was ‘he’s joking with me.’” But, she knew it was no joke just an hour later, when Tim Johnson of the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation called to confirm her winning ticket.
Both Amelia and her husband, Les, came to Momentum Auto Group just a few days later to sign paperwork and begin the process of taking home their grand prize. Amelia picked a Hyundai and decided to take an upgrade. She also hopes to order special license plates for the car: RFFLPRZ.
In addition to all the food and beverage tasting and the raffle at the Jubilee, ticket-holders were able to browse among items in the silent auction and dance to the Time Bandits. Special guest Rick Stevens, original lead singer with Tower of Power, joined the band on a few songs, including his signature tune, “You’re Still a Young Man.”
Raffle, silent auction and ticket sales numbers are still being tallied, but all signs indicate it was an extremely successful night, according to Brett Johnson, president of NorthBay Healthcare Foundation.
Feedback on the overall event has been very positive, notes Chris Sweeney, Jubilee chairman. “I am amazed at the community’s support for this great event, which is essential to continue the critical work of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement,” he says. “I want to thank all sponsors, vendors, volunteers and members of the community who once again came together to make this year’s Jubilee the best ever.”
Momentum Auto Group
Al and Patt Shaw
The Nut Tree
Freeman Family &
Ahi’s Seafood and Chophouse at Hilton Garden Inn, Fairfield
City of Vacaville