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$3.1 Million Raised for Cancer Care At Queen of the Valley Foundation's Generous Heart


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 Winiarski.

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

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center

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

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