When describing the 23rd Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, it’s best to use superlatives: more vendors, a larger tent, broader selection of silent auction items and the biggest turn-out of ticket-holders in the event’s history. All in all, the Jubilee, which was held on April 23, could only be classified as a resounding success, according to Wayne Senalik, event chairman. “Without a doubt, our 2010 event was the biggest and best in Jubilee history. From the beginning planning, including Open That Bottle night, right on through to the end, we’ve had the best sponsors, vendors, volunteers, staff and committee. We’re confident it will prove to be a record-setting year in terms of funds raised for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement.”
Senalik also offered high praise for the Jubilee’s many volunteers, who spent many hours, not just during the Jubilee, but in the months preceding it, in preparation for the big day. “They are the hardest working, most devoted people, and their efforts really are what makes this the biggest and best fund-raising event in Solano County.”
“Last year was a very good year in a difficult economy,” added Brett Johnson, NorthBay Healthcare Foundation president. “This year the event gained terrific momentum and surpassed all expectations.”
Such success is great news for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement, as Hospice programs benefit from the funds raised during this spring-time event. “Our community really came through for the Jubilee and for their support of Hospice, which helps care for families in their time of great need,” Johnson said. “With such broad-based support as this, it further proves that our community is one that truly cares. “More than 2,000 people gathered under the big tents at the Nut Tree, where first they noshed, socialized and then later danced to the music of popular Latin salsa band Sapo Guapo.
At the Jubilee, guests were invited to sample a wide array of wines, brews and tasty foods, poured and plated by representatives from more than 130 vendors. A silent auction offered items as varied as movie and theater memorabilia, collections of wines, exotic gift baskets, jewelry and collectibles. The cash raffle’s grand prize of $10,000 went to Fairfield resident David Bast, while Cathy Sacca won the Nut Tree shopping spree. The date for next year’s event has not yet been set, but will soon be posted at www.wineandfoodjubilee.org.
Sacca Family’s Burger King Restaurants
The Hofmann Company
Freeman Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
Stanley and Amy Davis
First Northern Bank
Solano Imaging Medical Associates— Jim McMahon, M.D.
Total Home & Garden Show—Bob Bock
City of Vacaville
For a complete listing of sponsors and participating vendors, visit www.wineandfoodjubilee.org.