September 11 and September 12, 2009. It began with the 8th anniversary of that fateful day, September 11, 2001. As a result, we observed a moment of silence on September 11, 2009 to recognize the President’s announced Day of Remembrance. I love everything about WineSong! I love meeting new people, who are all huge supporters of Mendocino Coast Hospital.
The 2-day event began with a reception in the hospital’s new Event Garden, which was planned and sponsored by our Hospital Foundation. Many of our most generous donors over the years are recognized with their names etched on a pave stone in our beautiful new garden. It was a gorgeous day on the coast. A perfect event and perfect weather. The next event is a barrel tasting event in a fabulous venue at the Little River Inn. We cannot thank our donors, our volunteer helpers (many are employees and Foundation volunteers), our Foundation staff that planned these 2 events and, of course, Little River Inn, enough.
Saturday is a magical day. It is utterly amazing to see the number of community volunteers that work this event. The volunteers include hospital employees and prominent community members. I even saw 4 doctors waiting on tables! That was so heartwarming to see.
It is utterly amazing that this year’s live auction raised $500,000. It is a tribute to the Foundation staff that works so hard to put on this event, to our volunteers that make this such a pleasurable experience, to our donors and sponsors who provide a world class selection of exotic wines, original artwork and incredible trips. And it is particularly a tribute to our Event Coordinator, Norm Roby, our wonderful auctioneers, David and Dawn Marie and our celebrity Narsai David. And a special thank you to our guests and patrons. You make this special event what it is.
Finally, the highlight for me, of this year’s WineSong! was the “Special Cause” auction item. Our extremely generous guests donated over $60,000 to purchase a new portable ultrasound machine for our Hospital Emergency Department. It is this type of generosity and this type of gift that is so badly needed by our hospital, that makes this event truly special. I can hardly wait for next year’s WineSong! already. But our planning staff is getting a much deserved break. It takes almost a full year of planning to put on a world class event like this. Thank you Carol, Carmen, Jeri and Sue.