Vineyard Workers’ Fundraiser Sends Sonoma County’s Children to College

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Local Sonoma County winery, Wilson Artisan Wineries teamed up with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau to host a fundraiser benefiting prospective college students.

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Wilson Artisan Wineries is proud to announce their recent fundraiser, “Pack Your Bags,” raised enough money to provide scholarships for 22 local students heading to area colleges for the 2013-14 academic year.

The 12th annual event took place on Saturday, May 11 at the Soda Rock Winery in Alexander Valley just outside of Healdsburg. Ken and Diane Wilson, founders of the Children of the Vineyard Workers Scholarship, partnered with the Sonoma County Farm Bureau to establish the scholarship foundation.

Donations for the live and silent auctions came in from a diverse group of local artists, building supply centers, restaurant and food purveyors, retailers, and of course, the wine industry, which was very generous. All told, the Wilson’s estimated over 150 people were in attendance for the “Pack Your Bags” event.

Vineyard workers from throughout Sonoma County were encouraged to have their children apply for the scholarship, and 22 students have now been awarded money for the 2013-2014 academic year. All students will receive their scholarships this summer in time to aid with tuition, books, enrollment fees, etc.

For more information, and to view the options on how to donate, please visit

About the company:
In 2002, Ken and Diane Wilson established the Children of Vineyard Workers Scholarship Fund (Federal ID# 75-3187688) in cooperation with Sonoma County Farm Bureau Foundation. This project has helped students further their education by distributing more than $100,000 in scholarships. Wilson Artisan Wineries would also like to encourage growers and vintners to donate $1 for every ton of grapes they produce. For more information regarding the Children of Sonoma Vineyard Workers Scholarship please visit their website. Wilson Artisan Wineries offers a wide selection of outstanding wines and beautiful scenery, with friendly, knowledgeable staff ready to assist guest in their tasting rooms.

Wilson Artisan Wineries also offers grand wine tours of each facility. Be sure to visit the entire compliment of sister wineries: Wilson, Mazzocco and Pezzi King wineries in Dry Creek Valley, Soda Rock and deLorimier wineries in Alexander Valley, Matrix in Russian River Valley, St Anne's Crossing in Sonoma Valley, and Jaxon Keys in Mendocino County.

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