Party Pics: Out and About in Summer Sonoma County

Miss summer already? Here’s a TBT gallery looking back at this summer’s celebrity fundraisers and events in Sonoma County. 

CCI apprentice instructors Ariel Vipond, left, Margaret Peterson, and Oz Robinson and CCI instructor Sarah Birman pose with a group of CCI dogs during the Sit Stay Sparkle gala Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa.
CCI apprentice instructors Ariel Vipond, left, Margaret Peterson, and Oz Robinson and CCI instructor Sarah Birman pose with a group of CCI dogs during the Sit Stay Sparkle gala Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa.

Canine Companions for Independence: Helpful Pups Shine at Sit. Stay. Sparkle

Were dogs allowed at the tasteful food-and-wine gala that unfolded June 18 at a park-like spot in southwest Santa Rosa?

Why, they were downright essential.

Wiggly puppies and trained, mannerly service dogs utterly enchanted attendees that afternoon at the national headquarters of Canine Companions for Independence. The occasion was called: Sit. Stay. Sparkle.

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CCI puppy-in-training Sparkle basks in the sun during the Sit Stay Sparkle gala Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa.

Guests met and heaped adoration on some of the pups that will become service dogs for people with disabilities. Adult dogs demonstrated the skills that make them indispensable to the grateful people who receive training and a canine companion from CCI, at no cost.

There was an auction and a testimonial from a woman with impaired hearing whose life has been changed by her Canine Companions for Independence dog.

Supporters sampled and sipped, fell in love with one dog after another and toured the home of the organization that since its founding in Santa Rosa in 1979 has greatly enhanced the relationship of mankind and its best friends.

Photos by Alvin Jornada.

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Jaquelyn Antonini carries puppy Charm to meet her trainer during Canine Companions for Independence Sit Stay Sparkle gala in Santa Rosa.
CCI board chair emeritus Jean Schulz, left, senior development director Lisa Cannon, and CEO Paul Mundell attend Canine Companions for Independence Sit Stay Sparkle gala in Santa Rosa.
CCI board chair emeritus Jean Schulz, left, senior development director Lisa Cannon, and CEO Paul Mundell attend Canine Companions for Independence Sit Stay Sparkle gala in Santa Rosa.
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Carina Diaz of the CCI puppy program carries Gouda, a new puppy being presented to a new trainer during the Sit Stay Sparkle gala Canine Companions for Independence in Santa Rosa.
Megan O'Brien, left, Kerry O'Brien, Angela Steiner, and Michael Steiner attend Canine Companions for Independence Sit Stay Sparkle gala in Santa Rosa.
Megan O’Brien, left, Kerry O’Brien, Angela Steiner, and Michael Steiner attend Canine Companions for Independence Sit Stay Sparkle gala in Santa Rosa.

Hanna Boys Center Fundraiser Barbecue: Helping Hand for Farmers-to-Be

Home, for most residents of Sonoma Valley’s life-altering Hanna Boys Center, was a million miles away from the wholesome, constructively demanding environs of the ranch or farm.

A neighborly barbecue at Hanna on July 9 raised money to expand the residential school’s eff…orts to introduce agriculture to the boys and perhaps prepare them for careers that involve working with the land or the environment.

John Coulson of Sonoma, left, with Brooke and Chris Davis of Rohnert Park at the Hanna Boys Center barbecue, a fundraiser for the residental school's agriculture rogram
John Coulson of Sonoma, left, with Brooke and Chris Davis of Rohnert Park at the Hanna Boys Center barbecue, a fundraiser for the residential school’s agriculture program.

Guests savored wine, enjoyed appetizers and a meal of grilled tri-tip and chicken, and strolled the grounds and facilities of the 71-year-old school for troubled boys. Some of the students greeted the diners and shared tales of how Hanna and its ag program are helping them.

The occasion, dubbed “On Our Way to the FFA,” also featured live and silent auctions and a fund-a-need appeal that will boost e…fforts by the center’s Archbishop Hanna High School to become a chapter of Future Farmers of America.

Photos by Charlie Gesell.

Nicolette Robbins and Justin Adiego of Petaluma.
Nicolette Robbins and Justin Adiego of Petaluma.
Michael and Caroline Price of Napa, left, with Anne Farragher and her husband, Brian, who is executive director of Hanna Boys Center
Michael and Caroline Price of Napa, left, with Anne Farragher and her husband, Brian, who is executive director of the Hanna Boys Center.
Kristi Steadman of Novato gets at $50 fundraising key tied to her wrist by her husband Dan. The winning key will open a cabine stockt wih wine.
Kristi Steadman of Novato gets at $50 fundraising key tied to her wrist by her husband, Dan. The winning key will open a cabinet stocked with wine.
Hewitt and Linda Jackson of Sonoma at Hanna Boys Center barbecue fundraiser.
Hewitt and Linda Jackson of Sonoma at the Hanna Boys Center barbecue fundraiser.

15th annual Schulz Celebrity Golf Classic: Million-Dollar Win for Good Causes

Even big-league athletes, performers and professionals became like wide-eyed li’l folks upon spotting Snoopy on June 7 at the Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa.

Everybody, including the world’s most adored beagle, was there for the 15th annual Schulz Celebrity Golf Classic. It raised about $1 million for local organizations that serve children.

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Jeannie Schulz gets a lift from her golf buddies Sharon McMicking, left, Barbara Barrow, Cindy Varni and Sarah Rotter at the Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa, which hosted the 15th annual Schulz Celebrity Golf Classic. (Photo by Justin Warmack)

Hosting the two-day gala were Jeannie Schulz, the widow of “Peanuts” creator Charles Schulz, and Sonoma County Children’s Charities. The event was a magnet for personalities drawn by the chance to play golf on a renowned, Jack Nicklaus-designed course, visit the Schulz Museum and boost the efforts of nonprofits that include Catholic Charities, the PDI Surgery Center and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County.

Actor John O’Hurley emceed the tournament dinner.  Among those seen in the happy crowd were Cheech Marin, Frankie Muniz, Kevin Rahm, Debbe Dunning, Jim Plunkett, Jim McMahon, Gregory Itzin, Bruce McGill, Danny Seraphine, Tommy Thayer, Matt McCoy, Kevin Sorbo — and Snoopy.

Actor Cheech Marin, left, with two-time Super Bowl champ Jim McMahon at the 2016 Schulz Celebrity Golf Classic at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Justin Warmack
Actor Cheech Marin, left, with two-time Super Bowl champ Jim McMahon at the 2016 Schulz Celebrity Golf Classic at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa. (Photo by Justin Warmack)
Chairwoman Margie Mejia of the Lytton Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, left, with 2016 Schulz Celebrity Golf Classic host John O'Hurley and his wife, Lisa. The Lytton tribe was the fundraiser's grand sponsor. MUST CREDIT: Photo by Justin Warmack
Chairwoman Margie Mejia of the Lytton Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, left, with 2016 Schulz Celebrity Golf Classic host John O’Hurley and his wife, Lisa. The Lytton tribe was the fundraiser’s grand sponsor. (Photo by Justin Warmack)
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Doug Dillard, left, and Michele Saba Dillard with Susan and Lawrence Amaturo at the 2016 Schulz Celebrity Golf Classic at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa. (Photo by Justin Warmack)
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From left: Cassie Jilot, Jay Jilot, Dennis Jilot, Dan Kosta (partly hidden) and Lynne Jilot are ready to bid during the auction at the Schulz Celebrity Golf Classic at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa. (Photo by Justin Warmack)

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: Boosting Students’ Dreams at The DoubleTree 

Salsa dancing and lively conversation animated the June 25 celebration of achievement and potential hosted in Rohnert Park by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County.

The occasion was Dream Big, a festive community gala and scholarship awards ceremony. Held at the DoubleTree Hilton Sonoma County, it applauded the local young people who are this year’s recipients of scholarships for their pursuit of higher education.

Ben Garcia, left, greets student Eric Maldonado while Carmen Garcia, second from left, Donna Zapata, and Carmen Cervantes look on during the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County's Dream Big Gala in Rohnert Park,
Ben Garcia, left, greets student Eric Maldonado while Carmen Garcia, second from left, Donna Zapata, and Carmen Cervantes look on during the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County’s Dream Big Gala in Rohnert Park,

Arriving guests were greeted by students and invited to follow the red carpet to the party. There was a grand meal accompanied by wines from Chavez Family Cellars in Healdsburg. Dancers Jose Santamaria and Stephanie Campbell turned up the heat with their demonstration of a bachata dance.

Emilia Carbajal, left, of Latino Service Providers, Priscilla Jaworski of Redwood Credit Union, Briana Fernandez of Latino Service Provideers, and Linda Chavez of Chavez Family Cellars attend the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County's Dream Big Gala in Rohnert Park.
Emilia Carbajal, left, of Latino Service Providers, Priscilla Jaworski of Redwood Credit Union, Briana Fernandez of Latino Service Provideers, and Linda Chavez of Chavez Family Cellars attend the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County’s Dream Big Gala in Rohnert Park.

State Sen. Mike McGuire conducted the live auction that brought in money for future Dream Big scholarships. To date, the Hispanic Chamber has helped aspiring students with aid totaling some $300,000.

Photos by Alvin Jornada.

Phoebe Reyes, left, and Lorena Fontanelli attend the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County's Dream Big Gala in Rohnert Park.
Phoebe Reyes, left, and Lorena Fontanelli attend the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County’s Dream Big Gala in Rohnert Park.
Piner High School students Fatima Aguilar and Andrea Romero, with SRJC student Itzel Martinez and Vince Harper of Community Action Partnership attend the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County's Dream Big Gala in Rohnert Park.
Piner High School students Fatima Aguilar and Andrea Romero, with SRJC student Itzel Martinez and Vince Harper of Community Action Partnership attend the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County’s Dream Big Gala in Rohnert Park.
Alyssa Rizo, left, Vanesa Valencia, Govetti Hamlin, and Linda Lemus attend the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County's Dream Big scholarship gala in Rohnert Park.
Alyssa Rizo, left, Vanesa Valencia, Govetti Hamlin, and Linda Lemus attend the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County’s Dream Big scholarship gala in Rohnert Park.
Donna Zapata, right, and her nephew Eric Maldonado have their photo taken during the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County's Dream Big scholarship gala in Rohnert Park.
Donna Zapata, right, and her nephew Eric Maldonado have their photo taken during the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County’s Dream Big scholarship gala in Rohnert Park.
during the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County's Dream Big scholarship gala in Rohnert Park.
During the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County’s Dream Big scholarship gala in Rohnert Park.

Gay Wine Weekend Welcome Party: LGBT Event of the Year Kicks Off in Sonoma

Abundant free time in the pool, on the dance floor and in the company of kindred spirits marked the June 17 to 19 Gay Wine Weekend in Sonoma Valley.

Home base for the celebration, declared the LGBT event of the year by the travel magazine ManAbout, was the MacArthur Place Hotel and Spa in Sonoma.

Out in the Vineyard co-host Mark Vogler, left, with friends from Orlando, Floriday (left to right): Vince Koehle, Richard Egan, Bruce Jennings, Wes Wagaman, and Steve Yacovelli (kneeling) during the Gay Wine Weekend welcome reception at MacArthur Place in Sonoma
Out in the Vineyard co-host Mark Vogler, left, with friends from Orlando, Floriday (left to right): Vince Koehle, Richard Egan, Bruce Jennings, Wes Wagaman, and Steve Yacovelli (front) during the Gay Wine Weekend welcome reception at MacArthur Place in Sonoma.

Gay Wine Weekend was conceived by Gary Saperstein and Mark Vogler, founders of the valley’s Out in the Vineyard event and travel company.

It boasted winemaker dinners, VIP receptions, a wine auction, winery excursions, a sparkling wine brunch and ample time simply to savor the company and the place and the sun.

Its signature event: The Saturday night Twilight T-Dance at Chateau St. Jean winery in Kenwood.

Many guests traveled from far out of state for the getaway, which beyond being great fun, raised dollars to sustain the work of the nonprofit Face to Face, the Sonoma County AIDS Network.

Photos by Alvin Jornada.

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Joe Randa, left, Rod Carter and Nelson Hiltner attend the Gay Wine Weekend welcome reception at MacArthur Place in Sonoma
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eff Stewart, left, Rich Adams, Andrew Knox, Dave Buck and Michael Printy attend the Gay Wine Weekend welcome reception at MacArthur Place in Sonoma.
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Volunteers Marilyn Kravis, left, and Jane McMurray attend the Gay Wine Weekend welcome reception at MacArthur Place in Sonoma.
Juan Roth, left, and David Corbell attend the Gay Wine Weekend welcome reception at MacArthur Place in Sonoma.
Juan Roth, left, and David Corbell attend the Gay Wine Weekend welcome reception at MacArthur Place in Sonoma.
nthony and Maksim Villanueva attend their first Gay Wine Weekend, during the welcome reception at MacArthur Place in Sonoma.
nthony and Maksim Villanueva attend their first Gay Wine Weekend, during the welcome reception at MacArthur Place in Sonoma.

Farmster Festival: Farmers Plant a Seed at SOMO Village

The food, music and summertime play at the Farmster Festival all delighted the crowd that came together July 23 at SOMO Village. But what some who came liked best was that they could almost see the concept of neighborhood, collective farming grow; they could nearly sense that its roots were spreading deeper, wider.

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The Farmsters are (front, l to r) Jamal Edwards, Lauren Lum, Allison Jenks, Jenna Topper, (back, l to r) Tomio Endo, Dustin DeMetteo, Sean Stephens, and Stuart Leeat the Farmster Festival at the Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park on Saturday

Farmster was founded by first-generation farmers and recent Sonoma State University grads Dustin DeMatteo, Tomio Endo, Allison Jenks, Jamal Edwards, Lauren Lum and Jenna Topper. They arranged to make a farm at SOMO Village (aka Sonoma Mountain Village), the mixed-use community occupying a former Hewlett-Packard campus off Petaluma Hill Road near SSU.

The festival raised operating funds and awareness for the endeavor, which seeks to involve children in the production of healthful food grown close to home.

The day included a concert and barbecue, and there was a raffle and pingpong, plus abundant opportunity to talk about the benefits of knowing where your food comes from. Even better, of planting and harvesting it yourself.

Photos by John Burgess.

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The DeMatteo helped support the cause at the Farmster Festival at the Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park on Saturday.
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The Timothy O’Neil Band plays for the crowd at the Farmster Festival at the Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park.

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