News & Event Updates

News and Event Updates

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2016 Results – Thank You!!

Thank you all for your support and attending the 2016 Hands Across The Valley event. Your generosity enabled us to raise $200,000, increasing the amount of funding provided compared to 2015.

Napa County Safety Net Food Programs

Senior Nutrition Services (Meals on Wheels)$70,000
Napa Valley Food Bank$70,000
The Table$10,000
Holiday Food Assistance Program$5,000
Salvation Army$5,000
Molly's Angels$5,000
Community Action Napa Valley (food vouchers)
• Cope Family Center - $5,000
• Society of St. Vincent de Paul - $5,000
• Napa Emergency Women’s Shelter - $2,500
• Puertas Abiertas - $2,500

Fund-a-Need raised an additional $20,000 to purchase new refrigeration units for Community Action Napa Valley (Meals on Wheels/Napa Food Bank)

Special thanks to Andy Beckstoffer for donating 2 barrels of 2016 George III Cabernet Sauvignon, and also to Thomas Rivers Brown for creating this amazing wine.

Live Auction Update – Ultimate Luxury at the Calistoga Ranch!


Need a “stay-cation”? This ultimate “pampering package” features a two-night stay at the luxurious Calistoga Ranch, with dinner for two at the resort’s exclusive restaurant.

Napa Valley’s most exclusive resort, Calistoga Ranch is tucked into a private canyon in the Upper Napa Valley on a 157-acre site marked by ancient oaks, majestic hills, a rock-hewn stream and private lake – the ultimate expression of the Napa Valley experience!

Based upon availability Sunday through Thursday.

Donated by Calistoga Ranch

Live Auction Update – Marriott Mania!


Spend several nights in luxurious comfort courtesy of Marriott Hotels & Resorts. Whether on business or pleasure, your accommodations will be covered all throughout the Bay Area…and Maui! This lot includes (note: Offers valid up to October 2017, some restrictions apply):

  • Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Maui, two nights in an ocean view room
  • Marriott CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa, three night, four day stay
  • The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, two nights stay in Terrace Studio with fountain view
  • JW Desert Springs Marriott Resort & Spa Palm Desert, two night stay
  • JW Marriott Union Square, one night stay in luxurious room
  • Westin Sacramento, two nights in a Riverside Room
  • San Francisco Marriott Marquis, two night stay with M Club Privileges
  • Marriott Waterfront at the San Francisco Airport, one weekend night stay
  • Oakland Marriott City Center, one night stay
  • A dining experience at the Renaissance Lodge at Sonoma Resort & Spa

Provided by Leif Lendrop, Marriott Hotels & Resorts

Live Auction Update – Country Boys & Girls Getting Down on the Farm!

tim-mcgrawThe “man in the black hat”, Tim McGraw is one of the most talented and successful county music icons -10 of his albums have reached #1 on the Top Country Albums charts, and 25 of his singles have reached #1 on the charts. He has also won three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 Country Music Association (CMA) awards, 10 American Music Awards, and three People’s Choice Awards…a true country music legend!


This beautiful acoustic guitar has been signed and comes with a photo authenticating the signature.

Donated by Tim McGraw

Live Auction Update – Grace Family Vineyards!


This 3L of 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is etched and signed, & hand painted in 23 karat gold leaf and is specially made available for charity auctions.

All great wines have a certain signature; this is certainly true of Grace Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon. Their two exceptional vineyards reflect the influence of terroir and appellation – the wine is extremely well-balanced and has great length.

Donated by Dick and Ann Grace

Live Auction Update – The Adventures of Centurion and Emperador!

centurionemperador_bookcoverJust when you thought it couldn’t get any better for Centurion and Emperador, they are now stars of a new children’s book called The Adventures of Centurion and Emperador, and Centurion is soon to be in a major motion picture – a Horse Called Blue written by Rob Schneider and Boon Collins!

Enjoy a quintessential Napa Valley evening for 10 Guests at George & Nancy Gamble’s beautiful Rancho Centurion in the Napa Valley. Your evening includes an autographed copy of The Adventures of Centurion and Emperador, plus a private performance by Centurion XII and Emperador, two of the world’s most accomplished dancing stallions, along with the Gamble’s other dancing horses.

The evening includes music, a scrumptious dinner provided by a Napa Valley chef paired with a selection of Gamble Family Vineyards and other special wines, plus other surprises!

A beautiful setting for a truly memorable evening for you and your friends.

Donated by George & Nancy Gamble

emperador  centurion

Live Auction Update – Date Night!

You and your sweetie will enjoy 12 dinners or lunches for two at the Valley’s most celebrated restaurants, plus a case of Tuck Beckstoffer wine so you can bring a bottle on each date!

Restaurants include: Azzurro Enoteca, Bistro Don Giovanni, Bottega, Eiko’s, Galpao Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse, Goose & Gander, Kitchen Door, Meadowood Grill, REDD, Silverado Resort Grill, SolBar, and Torc.

How romantic!

Donated by Tuck Beckstoffer Wines and the participating restaurants

Live Auction Update – A Dinner Never So Sweet!

brix_logoBrix is the term used to determine the sugar content in grapes before harvest, and never was there such a sweet deal as dinner for ten at the celebrated Brix Napa Valley restaurant hosted by the sweetest guy of all, Hands Across The Valley Board Member – Dennis Zablosky!

In addition, Dennis will bring along select wines from Frank Family Vineyards and his personal cellar, promising sweet dreams of a night to remember!

Donated by Brix and Dennis Zablosky

Live Auction Update – Private Dinner for 10 Guests in the Historic Stone Cellar at Frank Family Vineyards



Enjoy a special dinner paired perfectly with the incredible Frank Family wines.

Frank Family Vineyards was named “2012 Winery of the Year” by Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, and appears on the National Register of Historical Places. Its massive stone edifice is considered an archetype of California’s wine country.

nvtt-logoThe big bonus? Because Hands Across The Valley Board Member Dennis Zablosky breaks out the good stuff, luxury transportation to and from the event will be provided by Napa Valley Tours & Transportation…with bubbly on the bus!
Donated by Frank Family Vineyards and Napa Valley Tours & Transportation

29th Annual

Hands Across The Valley