NAPA, CA, October 2, 2014 – Queen of the Valley Foundation's annual fundraiser, aptly themed "Generous Heart," garnered more than $1.7 million for Queen of the Valley Medical Center on September 27, 2014, at Kenzo Estate. A generous gift of $1 million from the Michael, Marcia and Timothy Mondavi families pushed the total into record territory.
The Mondavi name is inextricably linked with prestige winemaking in the Napa Valley. Michael Mondavi, Marcia Mondavi Borger and Timothy Mondavi represent the third generation of a distinguished winemaking legacy that began 70 years ago, when their grandparents settled in Napa, bought the Charles Krug winery and began a tradition of winemaking excellence. In each generation, the Mondavis have also maintained the tradition of giving back to their community in myriad ways, some visible and many behind the scenes. In addition to their contributions as successful vintners, all three siblings have made a significant difference through their generous leadership of and philanthropic support for many nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on social services, health and the environment.
Vintner and rancher Lee Hudson paid tribute to the Mondavi families and acknowledged them for making the Napa Valley "a better place culturally, financially and environmentally" than when he moved here 35 years ago. "The Mondavi family gives not just with dollars, but with one of the most important resources we have: that is our time, our talent and our energy," he added. "Napa Valley health care would not be what it is today without their family's leadership." Hudson thanked the Mondavis for inspiring so many with their generosity and for raising the next generation with the same shared values that will help ensure a bright and ever-changing future.
Michael, Marcia and Timothy Mondavi took to the stage. "Everybody knows dad in this valley, but very few people know anything about our mother, who was really the pillar behind the scenes," said Michael Mondavi. "It was really Mom who brought the gracious elegance of welcoming people to Napa Valley," Marcia Mondavi added, "We obviously love her dearly and miss her, and we thought we would like to do something in her name for the Queen and to thank the Valley for how wonderful it has become and how wonderful the Queen has been in caring for all of us." Timothy Mondavi summed it up, "Dad was the energy, the visionary; our mother was the values and the stability. In honor of our mother, the three of us got together and we're donating $1 million to Queen of the Valley Hospital." He acknowledged the great job that Queen of the Valley has done "to make sure we have the best possible health care in Northern California."
The generous donation from the Mondavi families will be used to create the
Marjorie Mondavi Center for Intensive Care in honor of their late mother. The third floor of the state-of-the-art, 72,000-square-foot Herman Family Pavilion, which is anticipated to open before the end of the year, is dedicated to intensive care and recovery, housing 20 private ICU suites designed for improved patient outcomes.
Auctioneer Fritz Hatton kept the bidding lively during 21 lots, which included private dinners; trips to New York, Savannah, Hawaii and Bordeaux; and more. In addition to the $1 million donation to Queen of the Valley, the Mondavis also generously donated a number of auction lots raising an additional $100,000.
One highlight of the evening was the final lot, The Case for the Cause: The 2012 Generous Heart Red Wine. Only 50 six-bottle cases of this exclusive wine were created by Heidi Barrett, blending Michael Mondavi Family and Kenzo Estate wines, bottled and labeled under the Generous Heart name. They were intended to be available to the first 50 bidders to raise their paddles, but vintner Warren Winiarski raised the bar, offering $2,000 per case for 10 cases. Lot #21 ended up being the top lot of the evening, generating $53,750 for Queen of the Valley.
The overall fundraising total also included $239,200 in "Fund-a-Need" donations to help the Queen recover completely—financially as well as physically—from the earthquake, so that the hospital can continue to offer vital support systems and ensure continuity of medical services to our community in the next emergency, whenever it occurs. More than 50 guests donated to the Fund-a-Need, with Cristina and Lee Hudson and Nancy and Dan Duckhorn kicking it off with generous pledges. Queen of the Valley's earthquake remediation is currently assessed to cost more than $4 million and climbing.
About Queen of the Valley Foundation:
Queen of the Valley Foundation was established in 1969 by a group of local residents who wanted to ensure ongoing, locally managed support for quality medical care in the Napa community. They knew that a financially healthy medical center was vital to the future of the place they called home. Since its inception, the foundation has raised more than $80 million for Queen of the Valley Medical Center's equipment and facilities, while increasing community awareness of the medical center's needs. More information on the foundation may be found at queensfoundation.org.
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 cancer center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons; the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, a neurosurgery program affiliated with UCSF; a Women's Center; maternity and infant care; inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery; and a full-service emergency department and trauma center.