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Generous Winesong Bidders Donate $116,000 For New Ambulance
—Posted Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 at 8:29 pm— « »

L to R: Former Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation board member and supporter Joan Selchau, Foundation ED Jeri Erickson, Paramedic Kirk Thomsen, John Rochat, MD, EMT Davey Beak and Paramedic Morgan Daniel offer a happy pose after getting the news that Winesong Charity Auction participants donated $116,000 to buy a new ambulance for the hospital. Dr. Rochat donated $5,000 toward the ambulance purchase.

L to R: Former Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation board member and supporter Joan Selchau, Foundation ED Jeri Erickson, Paramedic Kirk Thomsen, John Rochat, MD, EMT Davey Beak and Paramedic Morgan Daniel offer a happy pose after getting the news of getting new ambulance.

In a stunning five-minute display of generosity, 66 people held up their paddles at the 2013 Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation (MCHF) Winesong Charity Auction on Sept. 7 and donated $116,000 to buy a new ambulance for coast residents.

“The Hospital Foundation once again did an outstanding job producing another tremendously successful Winesong fundraiser,” said Hospital CEO/CFO Wayne Allen. “Foundation Executive Director Jeri Erickson and her team deserve a huge debt of gratitude for their effort to help fund two ambulances in two years and so much other life-saving equipment for the hospital and the community.”


The Event Of The Summer Season, Winesong Is Coming September 6 &7
—Posted Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 11:33 am— « »

It’s the event of the summer season, attracting hundreds of foodies, wine connoisseurs, and art lovers from around the state and beyond. It’s Winesong, and as in previous years, tickets are selling fast, while spectacular donations of premium wines, high-end art, and exotic vacation getaways are pouring in for Winesong’s famous auction.

Spectacular Auction Items

South Africa safari and luxury accommodations up for bid

The Winesong blog, updated frequently, contains photos and written descriptions of items donated for the 2013 charity auction. These items have to be seen to be believed. Take a minute and check out the blog. Winesong’s Charity Auction page contains additional photos, along with biographical sketches of a number of contributing artists.


Winesong, Our Hospital Foundation’s Biggest Fundraiser, Is Just Around The Corner, Sept. 8
—Posted Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 at 9:29 am— « »

It’s hard to believe that summer is beginning to wind down already. Soon it will be time for packing school lunches and settling back into our busy fall routines.  But the fun’s not over yet, not by a long shot. We still have our Fort Bragg Paul Bunyan Days Festival to look forward to on Labor Day Weekend — and Winesong, the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser.

Set in the spectacular Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Winesong attracts people from all over, who come for the great food, drink, art, live music and more. This year the event features Celebrity Chef Bradley Ogden, who will prepare lunch for VIP ticket holders. As part of the Winesong auction, Mr. Ogden has also donated a chance for 10 lucky individuals to help him prepare and enjoy a fabulous meal. Bay Area celebrity Narsai David will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the auction. More information about the event can be found at

Other Foundation fundraising events scheduled this year include: An Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Celebration, hosted by the Little River Inn on September 7, and the Zoppe Family Circus, October 27-28. Earlier this year the Foundation presented a very successful benefit concert by Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen.

We are extremely grateful to Foundation Executive Director Jeri Erickson, her staff, and countless volunteers, for their energetic and creative efforts that over the years have raised several millions of dollars to support our hospital and its operations. And of course, we sincerely appreciate the ongoing support from those in our community who have attended one of the Foundation’s events.


WineSong 2011!
—Posted Monday, September 12th, 2011 at 1:16 pm— « »

Dawn Marie 2011

Auctioneers David Reynolds and Dawn Marie Kotsonis

One weekend per year and always in September, the Mendocino Coast District Hospital becomes the epicenter for positive energy in our coastal community.  That is when WineSong! also known as “A Feast for the Senses” takes place.  What does that have to do with our hospital?  It’s because WineSong! is a fundraiser for our hospital.  This year was the 27th annual event.  The setting, in the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and located in Fort Bragg is perfect for a day of enjoyment.  With beautiful flowers, enchanting  music, delicious food and wines from many of the most exquisite restaurants, wineries and establishments that our area has to offer, how could it not be perfect?    The event culminates in a Charity Auction, like no other.  Locals and travellers from all over the world, alike, bid on an impressive compilation of exotic wines, original artwork and fabulous trips.  This year’s event, which was held last Saturday, September 10, did not disappoint anyone.  In front of a sell-out audience, over 70 lots were sold.  The total gross proceeds from the auction exceeded $500,000 once again this year.    The net proceeds will not be known for some time until all of the expenses are paid, but I think that I speak for all of us when I say that we are extremely humbled and grateful for that level of support for our hospital.   When the proceeds are available, we plan to use this year’s funds to purchase a Nuclear Medicine camera for our Imaging Department.