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The 21st Napa Valley Academy Awards Extravaganza Nets $20,000 for Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s Care Network Program


(Napa) The 21st annual Napa Valley Academy Awards Gala and Black T-shirt Extravaganza, held February 22 at Robert Mondavi Winery, raised more than $20,000 to benefit HIV, AIDS and other chronically ill patients served by Queen of the Valley Medical Center’s CARE Network.

The event featured viewing of the Academy Awards ceremony, samplings of cuisine from 30 Napa Valley restaurants, entertainment by actor/comedian Bob Sarlatte, a silent and live auction, and dancing. Approximately 300 people attended the event.

Two different levels of tickets were sold, a "gala passport ticket" that included a formal dinner paired with Robert Mondavi Wines created by Robert Mondavi Winery Executive Chef Jeff Mosher, and a "black t-shirt general admission," that included appetizers from some of the Napa Valley’s best-known chefs.

Queen of the Valley wishes to acknowledge the generous help and support of Chris Edwards, Scott Butler, Peirce Carson, Birdie Quick, Sandy Smart, Dale Weide and Napa Valley Unity League.  Among the "red carpet" sponsors were WTN Services/, Robert Mondavi Winery, La Tavola Linens, KVON/KVYN "Kellie in the Morning", Fuller & Sander Communications, Classic Party Rentals and St. Helena Florist. In addition, there were 25 volunteer staff members from Queen of the Valley Medical Center, led by Liz Alessio, Community Benefits Coordinator.

Funds raised provide an emergency fund for CARE Network patients. Dana Codron, Executive Director of Queen of the Valley’s Community Outreach Department stated that "The Care Network uses the monies to help meet basic needs of low income chronically ill patients, such as transportation, food, and shelter, so they can then better focus on managing their health. Our work is an extension of the mission and values of our health system, extending beyond the walls of Queen of the Valley and into the community."

Care Network provides free case management assistance to low-income patients living with chronic health conditions, including AIDS/HIV, cancer, heart failure, diabetes and lung disease. Services include home visits by nurses, social workers and behavioral health therapists. Staff provides disease and health education, medication management, assistance in accessing health care services, critical community resource linkages, and benefits counseling.

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 191-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include: a Regional Heart Center, a Regional Orthopedic Center, a Regional Cancer Center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons, a Women’s Center, maternity and infant care, inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery, occupational health, imaging center and full-service emergency department, among many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

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