Auction Napa Valley concluded today, with the annual community fundraiser bringing in some $10.35 million for local charities–a 5% increase over the 2007 event (Recession? What recession?).
As usual, it was a wild and festive weekend with celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Jay Leno in town and enough parties and wine flowing to keep everyone entertained.
Here’s an excerpt from the wrap-up press release:
Total Auction revenue, exclusive of ticket sales, was $10.35 million. All auction lots including luxury items, travel, meals and wine were donated by the members of the NVV and their partners. Twenty Auction Eve parties, 32 vintner-hosted private dinner parties and 15 vintner-hosted private luncheon parties were held for full package attendees. Nearly 3000 people were on property at Trinchero Family Estates for Friday’s Taste Napa Valley Marketplace and Barrel Auction including hundreds of vintners and volunteers. On Saturday night there were nearly 900 in the tent including 700 bidders and 200 vintners. The Auction is accessible to a large number of bidders; there were 483 successful bidders overall compared with 386 in 2007. During the four days, there were more than 800 volunteers.