Honorary mayor ‘thrilled’ with wine and food pairing benefit for Town Hall
Ramona Town Hall trustees entered uncharted territory when they shifted from a fundraising talent show to a wine and food pairing event—and they liked the results.
Initial financials showed a net profit of $3,200, Town Hall secretary/treasurer Sandee Salvatore reported.
“I am thrilled,” said Honorary Mayor Sharon Davis, whose main task is to raise money for upkeep and renovation of the historic adobe building at 729 Main St.
The wine and food pairing benefit, dubbed “An Evening of Red, White & Blue Under the Stars,” was held at Mario Bergeron’s La Finquita Winery from 6 to 10 p.m. on July 21. The evening affair attracted approximately 70 people, most of whom shuttled to and from the winery at 23123 Vista Ramona Road in vans supplied by Transit Van Shuttle.
In addition to wine and food pairing, the evening included live entertainment from musicians Tony and George Matoin, and guests had an opportunity to participate in a silent auction. Toward the end of the evening, several guests bid in a live auction for one of Bergeron’s French bulldog
puppies, which reportedly sell for as much as $3,000.
Dave Harbour won the bid for the female puppy at $950, and Dawn and Woody Kirkman, deciding it was time to add a puppy to their family, matched that price for a male puppy. Of the $950 for each of the puppies, a donation of $450 went to Town Hall for a total of $900.
“We plan to apply the proceeds to air conditioning and paint for the East Wing we’re getting ready to rent out,” said Davis, adding that trustees are looking for a tenant for that portion of the building.
Davis, who coordinated the wine and food pairing fundraiser, said it was “a beautiful event in a beautiful area in Ramona.” The benefit was not as labor intensive as annual talent shows held previously.
The event went so well, “we’re looking forward to doing it again,” Davis said.
“Since the wine industry is the future of Ramona, we will have more wine tasting fundraisers,” she said.
On Sept. 22, Town Hall trustees will stage a tour of and dinner at the Barnett house in Ramona. Margaret and Augustus Barnett donated Ramona Town Hall to the community on Washington’s birthday, Feb. 22, 1894, and the home is much as it was then.
Trustees are also discussing working with Ramona Senior Activity Center on an old-fashioned Christmas turkey dinner in December.
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