Jubilee Planners Get Early Start
It will be a new day for the 2015 Solano Wine & Food
For the first time in many years, the Jubilee will be held
on a Saturday, say Jubilee committee members.
The Jubilee will also be held at the Specialty Event Center
in Fairfield again, based on the positive response to the 2014 venue.
So, mark your calendars for Saturday, April 25, 2015 if you
plan to attend this popular fund raising event for NorthBay Hospice &
More details to follow in the coming months.
Open that Bottle! ...At the DeVille
Searchlights panned across stormy skies outside the Theatre DeVille in downtown Vacaville on Saturday, Feb. 8, welcoming guests to NorthBay Healthcare Foundation’s annual Open That Bottle Night.
More than 400 people, dressed in tuxes and cocktail dresses, defied a steady rain to attend this special party that honors Solano Wine & Food Jubilee’s most generous donors. This year, new twists were added for a festive and emotional evening.
First, guests were treated to a “mini-Jubilee” experience as they entered via a tent set up in the Chamber of Commerce courtyard, before making a special VIP entrance into the newly opened Theatre DeVille lobby next door. An array of foods, and wines poured by local wineries, were served in the tent, lobby and theater.
Once in their seats, guests watched a series of emotional videos that highlighted the many ways their contributions have helped those in need within the community. A live auction followed, featuring such items as exotic vacations, original artwork, private gourmet dinners, and an instant wine cellar. The evening concluded with a live performance by Papa Roach’s lead singer, Jacoby Shaddix, and Adam Roth, with his band, Broken Iris.
Guests were invited because of their past and continuing generosity to the Jubilee, said Brett Johnson, NorthBay Healthcare Foundation president, noting that some have pledged $20,000 or more. For the first time, the guest list also included many of the Jubilee’s regular vendors, as a thank you for their continued support.
Open That Bottle Night has become a festive precursor to the Wine & Food Jubilee, Brett says, and is a great opportunity for the Foundation and Jubilee organizers to showcase the many ways donor contributions have lifted the quality of life for others.
Several were highlighted in videos. One featured the daughter of an Alzheimer’s patient who spends time at the NorthBay Adult Day Center. Another saluted long-time Hospice volunteer Lynn Gallagher, while a third told the story of Vacaville’s Noah Coughlan, who has run across the United States twice in an effort to bring attention to Batten’s disease and other youth afflictions.
The video shows Noah concluding his run, first past VacaValley Hospital, and then in downtown Vacaville. As the video ended, Noah himself ran into the theatre, taking the stage to thunderous applause.
“I was born here, at NorthBay Medical Center, and I’m a product of my community,” he told the crowd, before asking, “What’s the definition of philanthropy? To take action for those who are in need, and we are the few who take care of many. I’m just a guy from Vacaville, but we have created a full-fledged international campaign. So, on behalf of those who can no longer say thank you, I say thank you, to those who supported me: NorthBay Healthcare, Stanley Davis, Gold’s Gym, Jackson Medical Supply.”
Guests also heard from international rock star Jacoby Shaddix, lead singer of the band Papa Roach and Vacaville native. “When I lie on my deathbed, I want to think of the people who loved me when I didn’t love myself,” he said, “and this is what NorthBay is to the community. Tonight I’m announcing the formation of the Shaddix Family Charitable Fund. I believe it’s important to bring children up in a philanthropic life, and this fund is to raise money for NorthBay Healthcare!”
When it was all over, a record-breaking $100,000 had been raised through the live auction, with a portion going to the Shaddix Family Charitable Fund.
The 27th Annual Wine & Food Jubilee will be April 25 at the Specialty Event Center, 300 Chadbourne Road in Fairfield. Ticket-holders can taste sweet and savory samples from more than 120 wineries, breweries, restaurants and merchants.
There will also be dancing to the Time Bandits, an array of items to bid on in a silent auction, and a chance to win one of two cars – a Nissan Altima or a Buick Encore, courtesy of Rami Yanni of Vacaville Nissan and Vacaville Buick GMC, as well as $10,000 in cash prizes.
Presenting Sponsors of this year’s Jubilee are Gold’s Gym, Freeman Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Al and Patt Shaw, the Theatre DeVille, and Vacaville Nissan and Vacaville Buick GMC.
Tickets for those 21 and older, are $75 each before March 17, and $100 after that. Tickets can be purchased by calling (707) 646-3133, or by going online at www.wineandfoodjubilee.org.
NEW VENUE FOR 2014 SOLANO WINE & FOOD JUBILEE
The 27th Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee is moving!
After several years at the Nut Tree Complex in Vacaville, the 2014 gala will be held at the newly opened Specialty Event Center in Fairfield, on April 25, 2014. The facility, located at 300 Chadbourne Road, is large enough to easily accommodate the Jubilee’s 2,000-plus ticketholders, the more than 120 wine, brew and food vendors, an array of silent auction tables, a special VIP area and, for those fans of The Time Bandits, an expanded dance floor.
The Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, organized by NorthBay Healthcare Foundation to support the programs of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement, has become the biggest and most popular fund-raising event in Solano County. Over the past 26 years this sell-out gala has raised almost $3 million, enabling NorthBay to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care for the terminally ill, regardless of their ability to pay. With this support, these patients – and their families – are able to live their final days as peacefully and as comfortably as possible.
Open That Bottle Night, a precursor to the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, will also be moving to a new venue. The invitation-only evening for the Jubilee’s $1,250-and-above sponsors will be held on February 8 at the Theatre DeVille on Main Street in Vacaville.
Organizers also plan to offer a limited number of “VIP Table for 10” packages for Jubilee night again this year. These VIP tables include many of the benefits afforded VIP ticket-holders – early admittance, special treats on arrival, and access to the “VIP Lounge” – for $1,500. Please call 646-3133 to secure one of these highly popular table packages.
Sponsorship opportunities are being arranged now. For the minimum donation of $1,250 -- and up to $20,000 and above -- a sponsor will not only receive invitations to Open That Bottle Night, but early entrance to the Jubilee, beginning at 5:30 p.m.,an invitation to a private reception at the event, hotel accommodations, and limousine service.
Solano Wine & Food Jubilee’s Presenting Sponsors for 2013 were Momentum Auto Group, Patt & Al Shaw, Dr. Lee Freeman, Gold's Gym, and the Nut Tree.
The Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, a black tie-optional affair (denim discouraged), gets under way April 25, 2014 at the Specialty Event Center, 300 Chadbourne Road in Fairfield, beginning at 6:30 p.m. for general admission. Tickets, for those ages 21 and over, must be purchased in advance and are $75 each before March 17, 2014, and $100 after that, if still available. To purchase tickets, call (707) 646-3133, or go online at www.wineandfoodjubilee.org.
Popular Fundraiser for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement Programs
Over the years, the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, as the primary fundraiser for the programs of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement, has become the one party few want to miss. The
first Jubilee was a small wine and cheese party held in the social hall of a local church. Now, 26 years later, Solano County’s biggest fund-raising gala has outgrown every building in the county, and must now be held in the biggest tent available.
Despite its popularity and growth, one thing has not changed: The event’s primary purpose is to raise funds that will benefit the programs of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement. Hospice care elevates the quality of life by relieving pain and symptoms and by providing compassionate support. With an emphasis on caring for the individual, rather than curing a disease, hospice care maintains a patient's comfort while also tending to the needs of the patient's family and friends. NorthBay Hospice provides its services to all, regardless of their ability to pay, and includes access to an integrated program of physical, emotional and spiritual care for the terminally ill.
For 2015, the Jubilee will continue to feature the food and drink of the area’s finest wineries, breweries and restaurants. More than 100 of these vendors will plate their signature dishes and pour special beverages for a crowd of about 2,000 Jubilee celebrants. Also included in the evening's festivities is a silent auction, an evening of desserts and dancing to The Time Bandits, one of the area's most popular bands, and a raffle.
Don’t miss out on the 2015 Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, sure to be another sell-out success! Get your tickets today!