NAPA, CA, September 29, 2017 –Queen of the Valley Foundation’s annual Generous Heart gala
raised $3.1 million for its Regional Cancer Center. More than 300 guests
attended the gala on September 23, 2017 at Paraduxx to pay tribute to
event honorees Nancy and Dan Duckhorn.
The Duckhorns are highly-respected pioneers in the wine industry, widely
known for the key roles they have played in developing the Napa Valley
into a world-class wine-growing region. They are also revered for their
involvement in many nonprofit endeavors. Together, Nancy and Dan have
collectively raised funds, as well as contributed considerable time, to
benefit health care, education, and other important causes that make the
Napa Valley such a wonderful place to visit, work and live.
Auctioneer Malcolm Barber, co-chairman of Bonhams, one of the sponsors
for Generous Heart, with the assistance of Rob Mondavi, kept the bidding
lively during the 20 live auction lots. The evening’s offerings
included a McLaren experience at Sonoma Raceway, a holiday party hosted
by Gail and Carmen Policy and an extraordinary two-day tour of Napa and
Anderson valleys hosted by Nancy and Dan Duckhorn.
One of the lots, a trip that originally included two nights in Mexico City,
was sold and the proceeds from it were donated to earthquake relief in
Mexico City. The lot donor, Journey Mexico, then generously donated a
second trip, which quickly sold, to ensure funds were also raised for
Queen of the Valley Foundation.
The live auction closed with a Fund-A-Need, which raised nearly $500,000,
which included a generous contribution of $150,000 by vintner, Warren
The Generous Heart event draws on the support of many philanthropic-minded
individuals and businesses, including honorary chairs Nancy and Dan Duckhorn,
and event co-chairs Beth Fenton, Dorothy Salmon, Erin Simms and Lydia
Mondavi. Major sponsors included: Duckhorn Wine Company, Mercedes-Benz
of Fairfield, Price Simms Family Dealerships and Wells Fargo Dealer Services.
Additional sponsors and underwriters included: Carolyn and Bill Bacigalupi,
Bonhams, Linda and Ed Barwick, Ulla and John Brown, Sonja and Gary Campbell/Hewlett-Packard,
Mrs. Dana Leavitt, Steve Lebow, Diane B. Wilsey, and Betty and Paul Woolls.
The evening’s proceeds will devoted to Queen of the Valley Foundation’s
$18.7 million campaign to support renovations and upgrades to the Queen’s Regional
Cancer Center. This allows Queen of the Valley to offer the latest in
radiation therapy treatment and provide intelligent and resource-efficient
technologies that improve, prolong and save lives. The Regional Cancer
Center is focused on optimizing every step of the care process so that
our caregivers can focus on what matters most—patient care.
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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 $102 million
for St. Joseph Health Queen of the Valley’s equipment and facilities,
while increasing community awareness of the medical center's needs.
More information on the foundation may be found at
Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 208-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; orthopedic center and 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, amongst many other specialty services. More
information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at