Napa vintners distribute first $3 million from auction to local charities

[caption id="attachment_82448" align="alignnone" width="500"] Live bidding during Auction Napa Valley in May 2013. (image credit: Jason Tinacci)[/caption]

ST. HELENA -- Napa Valley Vintners on Thursday said it is distributing to local charities the first $3 million in proceeds from $16.9 million raised during the 33rd annual Auction Napa Valley event in late May.

The disbursements are the first of seven categories of funding and are in the trade group's two long-term strategic priority areas of community health and children's education in Napa County. Unrestricted grants in this first round from 2013 proceeds are $1.5 million to Community Health Clinic Ole, $500,000 each to Queen of the Valley Medical Center and St. Helena Hospital, $286,750 to Children's Health Initiative, $150,000 to Planned Parenthood and $57,000 to Pediatric Dental Initiative Surgery Center.

To date, the vintner association has invested more than $120 million in auction proceeds in community Napa County nonprofits.

"Since 1981, the NVV has set the standard for a single industry taking care of those in need in its own community," said Linda Reiff, president and chief executive officer of Napa Valley Vintners. "We are grateful for the opportunity to continue our leadership role and ensure that we invest the proceeds from Auction Napa Valley strategically to create the most significant, long-term, positive impact possible."

The grant to Community Health Clinic Ole also funds ancillary services Healthy Moms & Babies and Sister Ann Dental Clinic. Clinic Ole is a federally qualified health center and the only nonprofit clinic in the county providing primary and preventative medical and behavioral health care for a wide range of residents with low incomes or have inadequate insurance.

Services are charged on a sliding-fee scale based on federal poverty guidelines. In addition to the main clinic in the Napa Valley Vintners Community Health Center in Napa, the organization operates clinics in St. Helena and Calistoga, provides weekly clinics at Napa's two homeless shelters and oversees a clinic for students at Napa Valley College.

Clinic Ole serves more than 25,000 county residents annually, including more than 7,000 children.

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a full-service nonprofit hospital located in Napa, serving 37,000-plus local residents annually. Its CARE Network program is designed to manage chronic disease to reduce the acute medical, psychosocial and economic self-sufficiency needs of low-income patients lacking sufficient insurance coverage.

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