Neither a change in venue, nor a rainstorm could keep crowds of Jubilee fans from returning for the 27th annual event. And, happily, one of the Jubilee’s original sponsors, Craig Bryan of Bryan-Braker Funeral Home, won the raffle’s grand prize: a new car, donated by Rami Yanni, general manager of three Vacaville dealerships.
Fairfield’s Specialty Event Center was given a thumbs up by attendees, who found the former retail building’s brighter lights, open spaces and indoor flooring to be a bonus.
Vendors enjoyed not only the new venue, but the response from the crowds to the food and drink they served. “We love coming to the Jubilee and wouldn’t miss it,” said Chef Peter Garcia from Ahi’s Seafood and Chophouse at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fairfield.
In addition to the food and beverage tastings, ticket-holders browsed among silent auction tables and danced to the Time Bandits.
All signs indicate it was an extremely successful night, said Brett Johnson, president of NorthBay Healthcare Foundation. “We netted nearly $300,000 and we’re especially grateful for the strong support we received from sponsors.”
“None of this would be possible without the contributions of all who help the Jubilee become the most anticipated event in our community, year after year,” added Bill Seiden, Jubilee chairman. “I hope we never lose sight of our mission: to make it possible for those needing hospice or bereavement care to receive services regardless of their economic circumstance.”