Wednesday, May 5, 2010
What would Auction Napa Valley be without its volunteers? Simple answer: it would not exist.
Since the first Auction in 1981, volunteers from the Napa Valley community have been the glue and grease and grit that have made it happen. Covering jobs that span the gamut from greeter to garbage hauler, from barrel auction bid taker to bottle porter, and from ticket checker to table-top designer, they donate their time and energy in a massive collaborative effort that results in great fun for auction guests and generous support for dozens of local non-profit programs.
Auction 30 will be no exception, as more than 600 dedicated people take to the palazzo at Rubicon Estate the first week of June to produce Friday’s Taste Napa Valley festival, and to the rolling greens at Meadowood Napa Valley to stage Saturday’s Live Auction. Many of the volunteer faces will be familiar, and many new friendships will be forged.
New this year will be a green concierge team, charged with ensuring recyclables are disposed of appropriately in an effort to minimize the events’ impact on the environment. Their work, and that of their collaborating cohorts, will be achieved with smiles, more than a little sweat, and mutual support – all for little personal return except the pride of helping in a grand effort, and the chance to attend the legendary Volunteer Thank You Party hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners and Auction beneficiaries in October. What payback could be sweeter?
Click here to see a quick video about the community impact of volunteering from Mike Thompson, US House of Representatives, and long-time Napa Auction volunteer. And if you’re interested in joining the auction team, click here.
Thank you Auction Volunteers past and future! Your community is better because of your generosity!