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Auction Lots – get your paddles ready

Live Auction Lots…

We have confirmed 3 very exciting Live Auction lots…

Become the Duca and Duchess of The Castle for a night!

You and your guests will be greeted with flutes of Spumante del Castello Brut and house made antipasti before beginning a tour of the authentically-styled 13th Century Tuscan castle and winery consisting of 107 rooms, including 3 levels of underground cellars, defense towers, grand barrel room, dungeon and torture chamber.

After the tour, guests will be escorted into to the beautifully frescoed Great Hall for a lavish seated, multi-course banquet dinner with food artfully prepared by a renowned Italian chef and paired with a special selection of Castello di Amorosa’s best wines. The evening will end in the Castle’s courtyard surrounded by iron cauldrons of fire with more sweets, port and cigars.

A great and magical night in one of the most magnificent and magical spots in the Napa Valley!

Donated by Dario Sattui and Castello di Amorosa


Enjoy the Culinary Experience of a Lifetime!

Dinner for 10 at The French Laundry – Chef Thomas Keller’s Tasting Menu will be paired with the perfect wines. Awarded 3 Michelin Stars and the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant, The French Laundry is located in Yountville in a turn of the century stone building surrounded by lush gardens.

An experience to remember and share with some very special friends!

Donated by Chef Thomas Keller and The French Laundry


Lake Tahoe Home in Zephyr Cove!

One-week stay in this gorgeous lake-front home with panoramic lake vistas and breathtaking sunsets. This stunning Tahoe home was built by Bill Harrah and was once the playground of Judy Garland while she played at Harrah’s Resort. As part of the home’s storied past, Liza Minnelli purchased the home from Harrah for Garland, her mother.

Imagine the celebrity gatherings while you relax on the beautiful shores of Lake Tahoe!

Accommodates up to 10 guests. Must be used within one year of the auction date. Excludes holidays.

Donated by Mr. & Mrs. Tim Herman


Other updates…

New Food Station: Cole’s Chop House


Chef Bob Hurley to prepare VIP/Sponsor Dinner

Once again, one of Napa’s favorite chefs, Bob Hurley of the renowned Hurley’s Restaurant in Yountville, will be creating a seasonal early fall menu to complement terrific wines for the 24th Annual Hands Across The Valley VIP Dinner. Chef Hurley has worked with Hands Across the Valley for several years running and his cuisine and service are always terrific, ensuring guests have a most enjoyable meal under the stars at Charles Krug Winery. Chef Hurley’s roots in the Napa Valley stretch as far back as 1988 as chef at Domaine Chandon, then later as Executive Chef at the Napa Valley Grille for many years.

In November 2002 he opened his own restaurant, Hurley’s Restaurant, in Yountville, California. Chef Hurley describes his menu as local California cuisine high in flavor and influenced by the Mediterranean so that it fits very well with the wines of the region.

Chef Bob Hurley is a world traveler and a devotee of the culture, cuisine and lifestyle of many other countries. He has always had a strong belief that the use of regional, seasonal ingredients is important on many different levels, as it promotes sustainability, showcases local producers and provides the finest dining experience to the customer. He says that the Napa Valley is particularly blessed with a wide range of such products, from produce and meats to fish and fruits, as well as artisanal breads, cheeses, oils and much more. This philosophy is a guiding light behind the menu development at Hurley’s Restaurant.

Always the first to respond to the needs of the non-profit sector, in addition to Hands Across the Valley, Chef Hurley has been a regular participant in charitable events including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Veterans Home of Yountville Luncheon and Pathway Home Programs, Napa Valley Wine Auction, Napa Valley Academy Awards AIDS Benefit, and the Staglin Family Vineyard Music Festival for Brain Health, among many others. Chef Hurley has brought his Napa Valley cuisine to the famous James Beard House in New York City several times and was also named a Shining Star Chef by Cooking Light Magazine. He has been a regular on San Francisco’s Bay TV and has appeared several times on the award-winning California food show, Bringing it Home with Laura McIntosh. Chef Hurley is a featured chef on the nationally syndicated PBS special “The Great Chefs of Napa Valley”.

Hurley’s Restaurant is a white tablecloth, full service establishment that is focused on quality food and service. The dining room, highlighted by a stone fireplace, is a favorite among locals and winemakers. The ambiance is casual and friendly without losing the special feeling you get when you come to a well-run establishment that is serious about what it does. The expansive bar opens up to a large wrought iron and stone-enclosed patio right in the center of town where you can watch the world go by. It’s the perfect place to meet friends, or make friends, where you can enjoy the late night menu every night. When there is a chill in the air, they light up the patio fireplace and turn on the outdoor heaters, which enable even large groups of friends to gather for a casual drink, good conversation and late-night snacks well into the evening.

Bravo to Chef Hurley for continuing to support Hands Across the Valley to raise much needed funds for the Valley’s safety-net food programs!

Are you getting hungry, maybe a little thirsty?

The party hasn’t even started, but we are looking forward to another great event this year. With so many restaurants and wineries already willing to participate, this will truly be an experience. Thank you all!

Food Stations:

  • Angèle Restaurant & Bar
  • Basalt
  • Brannan’s Grill
  • Brix
  • Ca’Momi
  • Cole's Chop House
  • Cordeiro’s Steakhouse
  • Mustard’s Grill
  • Tarla Mediterranean Bar + Grill
  • The Meritage Resort and Spa
  • Morimoto

Wine & Beer Stations:

  • Black Stallion Winery
  • Cakebread Cellars
  • Ca’Momi Winery
  • Hall Wines
  • Hestan Vineyards
  • Merryvale Vineyards
  • Peju Province Winery
  • Priest Ranch Winery
  • Raymond Vineyards
  • Regusci Winery
  • Robert Mondavi Winery
  • Rocca Family Vineyards
  • Rutherford Ranch Winery
  • Sequoia Grove
  • Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars
  • ZD Wines

Thanks again for your support in 2015!!

Thank you for your support and attending last year’s event. With your help we were able to provide funding for the following Napa County Safety Net Food Programs:

  • Napa Valley Food Bank – $50,000
  • Senior Nutrition Services (Meals On Wheels) – $55,000
  • The Table – $5,000
  • Holiday Food Assistance Program – $5,000
  • Salvation Army – $2,500
  • Community Action Napa Valley (food vouchers) – $7,000
    • Cope Family Center – $2,500
    • Society of St. Vincent de Paul – $2.500
    • Napa Emergency Women’s Shelter – $1,000
    • Puertas Abiertas – $1,000
  • Fund-a-Need raised an additional $62,000 to purchase a new delivery truck for Meals on Wheels.


Thanks again for all of your support and we look forward to seeing you again this year.

Announcing the 24th Annual Hands Across The Valley Event

24th Annual Hands Across the Valley
Saturday, October 1, 2016
4:00 to 10:00 PM
Charles Krug Winery


June 20, 2016, Napa Valley, CA – The 24th Annual Hands Across the Valley will take place on Saturday, October 1, from 4 to 10pm at the historic Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, Napa Valley. In addition to the walk around tasting featuring noted Valley chefs, restaurateurs and winemakers, Hands Across the Valley also offers a VIP Dinner provided by Chef Bob Hurley of Hurley’s Restaurant, silent and live auctions, plus dancing under the stars with the energetic sounds of Bay Area favorite Foreverland.

In its 24-year history, Hands Across the Valley has raised millions to benefit the Napa Valley’s safety-net food programs, including the Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, The Table, The Salvation Army and a variety of other non-profit programs. Napa Valley chefs, vintners, celebrities and the community join hands to ensure no one goes hungry in the Napa Valley.

Tickets are $125 general admission, and $250 for the VIP Dinner. Reserved tables of ten are $2500, and VIP Sponsor tables begin at $5000. To purchase tickets, reserve a table or become a VIP Sponsor, visit, or call 707-253-0868.

For more information on Hands Across the Valley, please call 888-295-2850, or visit

About Hands Across the Valley

Hands Across The Valley, guided by its Board of Directors, is committed to working
 toward the goal of a community without Hunger. Hands Across The Valley is a registered Non-profit organization.

Foreverland to perform at 24th Annual Hands Across The Valley Event

When Foreverland took the stage for the first time one San Francisco night in June 2009, no one could have predicted that just two weeks later, Michael Jackson would pass away. But since that moment, Foreverland: The Electrifying 14-piece Tribute to Michael Jackson, has been leading a larger-than-life celebration of his musical legacy from coast to coast.

A different kind of tribute band, you won’t see any impersonations here. Instead, Foreverland simply aims to honor and do justice to the music and spirit of the King of Pop. Throughout this truly unforgettable performance, die-hard fans will relive their favorite MJ moments, and younger crowds will rediscover the amazing music that remains timeless.

The band has mesmerized audiences around the country with their one-of-a-kind performances of the music of Michael Jackson, and they continue to play to bigger and bigger crowds. Foreverland’s four dynamic vocalists, powerhouse rhythm section, and slamming horn section recreate hits like “I Want You Back,” “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough,” “Smooth Criminal,” and “Thriller” from the Jackson 5 era through the end of Michael’s incredible career with energy, groove, and force.

Michael Jackson lives forever with Foreverland, as they carry out his mission to move audiences’ hearts and dancing feet with music night after night.

Bob Sarlatte to emcee 24th Annual Hands Across The Valley event

Bob SarlatteBob Sarlatte is a San Francisco-based, nationally known commercial actor, radio and television personality, comedian and speaker.

His numerous network television credits began with his stint as announcer, writer, and regular comedy contributor on the first David Letterman Show for NBC in 1980. He then went on to appear very successfully on the Late Night version of that program over twenty times, and has followed David’s show with guest spots on the CBS version, The Late Show, as well.

In the years after his original Letterman affiliation, Bob served as co-host and features reporter on the Bay Area’s popular AM San Francisco, and later parlayed that into similar assignments as national humor reporter for both National PM Magazine and Entertainment Tonight and doing comedy/commentary for the Fox Sports Network.

As one of the busiest all-around performers working out of the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, Bob has appeared in or “voiced” over 5,000 radio and television commercials and cartoons and also guested in series work on NBC’s Night Court and ABC’s Match Game; he co-hosted the PBS comedy series Comedy Tonight, and has had roles in the movies Star Trek IVSo I Married an Ax MurdererEdTV and Flubber. As a standup performer, Bob has found time over the years to co-headline or “open” for such diverse and renowned acts as Chris Isaak, Julio Iglesias, The Righteous Brothers, George Benson, The Beach Boys and many, many others. But it is in the area of special events, either as a host/emcee, headlining talent or producer where Bob has been most successful and has found the most pleasure in recent years. Long known and much in demand as a corporate spokesman at meetings and conventions, and with a keen sense of the local community, Bob has become a fixture at such annuals as the Bay Area Emmies, not to mention a host of charitable causes including the Salvation Army and the American Cancer Society.

Welcome to Hands Across The Valley!!

We are happy to announce our new website. We will continue to update the site with event information, sponsors, participants, and auction items.

Please check back to stay up to date, and thanks for your support.

29th Annual

Hands Across The Valley