32nd Annual San Francisco Wine Auction: A Toast to Philanthropy

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Raising money for at-risk youth, The Guardsmen join forces with world-class vintners and socially-responsible leaders within the Bay Area business community.

As one of San Francisco's oldest and most successful volunteer organizations, The Guardsmen (http://www.guardsmen.org) has established their annual wine auction and dinner as a major fundraiser and must-attend social event. Looking forward to this year's occasion on April 26th, The Guardsmen proudly announce the participation of the following renowned vintners: Bill Harlan's BOND Estates, Far Niente, Franciscan, Jones Family, Ken Wright Cellars, Kosta Browne, Lancaster Estate, Long Meadow Ranch, Peay Vineyards and many more.

The San Francisco Wine Auction is the largest of its kind in the Bay Area and has been a signature Guardsmen fundraising activity for over 30 years. The event is an excellent opportunity for wineries, professional organizations, and individual donors to convene in support of an extraordinary cause - serving the needs of at-risk Bay Area youth. Last year, the auction attracted a sell-out crowd of 500.

"We are very proud to work together with The Guardsmen on this special event," says Debra Eagle, Director, BOND Estates. "Helping to improve the lives of less-fortunate children is a cause we fully support."

By appealing to a uniquely philanthropic audience, The Guardsmen has created a charitable event that draws together many socially-active and influential members of the community. Professionally, attendees are primarily from the financial, technology, real estate, and legal industries. As a group, The Guardsmen actively reach out to new supporters, encouraging those who want to be involved, contribute to the cause, or learn more about their commitment and service to youth.

"Every year, the success of this event is measured by the generosity of the companies and individuals who are able to make a difference," says San Francisco Wine Auction co-chairman Nick Koukopoulos, a member of The Guardsmen. "And it's been incredibly satisfying for everyone to see the continued growth of our fundraising efforts for the kids."

The 32nd Annual San Francisco Wine Auction takes place on Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the historic Westin St. Francis Hotel.

Once again, this year's black-tie event promises to be an elegant evening of fine wine tasting, rare auction lots, live entertainment & dancing, and dinner prepared by award-winning chef Michael Mina. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

To learn more, buy tickets or make a donation, please visit: http://www.sfwineauction.com

Event proceeds directly support The Guardsmen General Fund for indoor and outdoor educational programs for at-risk Bay Area youth. For over 60 years, The Guardsmen has devoted its efforts to providing disadvantaged youth an opportunity to participate in camping, educational, and other culturally enriching opportunities.

About The Guardsmen
Established in 1947, The Guardsmen is a San Francisco service organization consisting of 150 business and professional members devoted to advancing at-risk Bay Area youth by funding indoor and outdoor educational programs. We strive to assist those who want to attain the skills necessary to be productive members of society. For more information: http://www.guardsmen.org.

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