Begin your evening strolling the red carpet at the gorgeous five-star The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, with the paparazzi snapping photos along the way. Enjoy local wines while outbidding fellow guests on unique Silent Auction items sponsored by the Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation. Nosh on appetizers while anxiously awaiting the Grand Ballroom doors to open where you are welcomed into an elegant atmosphere. Two local Winemakers from the Santa Barbara Vintners Association will host each table and pour their hand-selected wines for your table during the evening while a three-course meal is served. Witness the presentation of the Vintner of the Year award to Fred Brander of The Brander Vineyards. Celebrity Chris Harrison from The Bachelor returns to emcee the program while money-can’t-buy experiences are offered up for live bids. The competition to be the winning bidder during the Live Auction promises electric energy and great fun. Show your generosity during the “Stand Up and Be Counted” portion of the program where 100% of the guests are invited to participate. This night only happens once every two years, and only a few tables remain to experience this stellar event benefitting Direct Relief.
Direct Relief USA is an important part of the organization’s efforts to strengthen America’s healthcare safety net by providing nonprofit community clinics and health centers with medicines and medical supplies for their low-income and uninsured patients.
With support from Direct Relief, aid organization Last Mile Health (known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health) trained 10 Frontline Health Workers (FHW) in the last year to identify, treat, and refer children with symptoms of pneumonia – the number one cause of death of children under five worldwide.
Direct Relief USA provides Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers with ruggedized, specially designed backpacks filled with medical supplies to help address community health needs in an emergency. The packs enable MRC members to respond when disaster strikes.
Direct Relief has equipped midwives, supported programs of obstetric fistula repair, increased access to cervical cancer screening, and has provided general medical aid in support of children’s health programs.
A pioneer vintner in Santa Barbara Wine Country, Fred Brander was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and later emigrated with his family to the US, settling in Santa Barbara. With a strong formation in science and chemistry, Fred knew at an early age that he wanted to pursue a career in the wine business. He is well remembered by his classmates at Harvey Mudd College for his prowess in making tasty batches of both beer and wine with lab equipment during his days living in the college dorm.
The 2018 sponsors of The Santa Barbara Wine Auction will enjoy extensive event publicity, recognition in the community, and help to provide better health for people in need around the world.
One Sponsorship is still available. This includes two tables of 10 guests each, five complimentary rooms at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara for both Friday and Saturday evenings, and a field visit for four to a Direct Relief partner. Premier placement of a full-page color ad in the evening program, along with top billing in promotional materials and website. Placement of name on red carpet walk and formal recognition from the stage during the Auction by the celebrity emcee throughout the evening are added benefits. Priority selection of Winery Hosts for the two tables, and VIP early access to the event round out this package.
Sponsorships are still available. Platinum sponsors are given priority opportunity to select the winery host for the table. In addition, you will receive Platinum placement of your name on promotional materials and the auction website, along with formal recognition of your support from the auction stage by the celebrity Emcee throughout the evening. Platinum sponsors have VIP early access to the event as well and premier placement of a full-page color ad in the evening program.
Sponsorships are still available. This includes one table for 10 guests, a half-page color ad in the evening program, and billing in promotional materials and website. The package also includes the opportunity to pick your Winery Host. One complimentary room at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara for both Friday and Saturday nights. Placement of a half-page color tribute in the evening program, formal recognition of your support from the auction stage by the celebrity emcee and VIP early access to the event complete this package.
Ten sponsorships are still available. This includes one table for 5 guests, the opportunity to pick your winery host for your table. Also included is the placement of your name on the auction website and a half-page color tribute in the evening program.
This sponsorship level is sold out.
The following wineries from the Santa Barbara County Vintners Association are hosting a table at the 2018 Santa Barbara Wine Auction.
This posting to be updated on a regular basis.
At the 2016 event, the Silent Auction featured many priceless experiences in food, wine, travel, and leisure which were each auctioned off to the highest bidder to benefit Direct Relief.
The Live Auction featured once-in-a-lifetime experiences including: the “Honoree’s Lot” comprised of a two-night stay, lunches, and dinners for four at Mayacamas Vineyards, hosted by Bob Lindquist of Qupé; A Vineyard-to-Table Anniversary Celebration commemorating 40 years of Sanford & Benedict Vineyard and 30 years of Hitching Post II; Dinner for 50 by Chef Michael Mina and hosted at vintner Jim Clendenen’s Rancho La Cuna; and, A Day of Simpatico wine blending, lunch, and dinner hosted by Foxen and Melville wineries and Wine Cask Restaurant.
The 2018 Live Auction and Silent Auction catalogs will be posted closer to the event.
The Santa Barbara Vintners Foundation and Direct Relief would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the 2018 donors sponsoring this year’s event.
This posting to be updated on a regular basis.
In 2018 guests are invited to spend the weekend at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. The resort is nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast between the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, offering relaxed luxury and breathtaking views for an unforgettable getaway in Santa Barbara.
To request more information, or to join the 2018 Event Steering Committee, please contact Jen Jones.