The unique bottlings of Vino de Suenos (wine of dreams), with original art gracing every label, are sold each year at an event to raise funds to assist vineyard workers and their families during difficult economic times. People Helping People organizes the event and administers the funds raised. The sixth annual event was held Nov. 7 at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott, and netted over $35,000 on wine sales and an auction of the artwork that inspired the labels. Fourteen wineries poured and contributed wine for sale including founding wineries Alma Rosa, Buttonwood, Foxen, and Longoria. Among the artists who contributed original works for the labels and auction, and who attended the event, were Peggy Brierton, Carol Carbine, Jim Farnum, Rebecca Gomez, Zoe Nathan, Suzan Hamilton-Todd and Seyburn Zorthian. Circulating through the silent auction items while enjoying wines and appetizers were Jenny Dore, Eric and Anita Sonquist, Mary Ann Evans, Greg Paraskou, Caroline Esdaile, Molly Ballantine and Rachel Pace. SY Kitchen Chef Luca Crestanelli joined PHP Directors and supporters Becky Barieau, Elizabeth Crump, Michael Balaban, Pat O’Brien, Jeanne Greenfield, Mila and Ron Hart in admiring both the wine and artwork that make this event so special.
Solvang Arts and Music (SAM) raises fund for music and arts education for every student at Solvang School. Enjoying this year's gala fundraising event Nov. 7 at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall were Heather Bedford, Elizabeth Breen, Chad and Mary Melville, Andy Philpot and Eleanor Lind, Morgan and Hilary Halme, Tom and Gaye Rogowski, and Allan and Claudia Davenport. Dinner was by Solvang School's famous Chef Bethany Markee. Solvang School's new Superintendent Steve Seaford and his wife, Lori, and Principal Dare Holdren, with his wife Natalie, enjoyed the auction led by the always wonderful Allan Jones. Auction items included “Principal for a Day,” bought by Lenny and Amanda Miller and a homemade chocolate cake by fourth-grade student Keddy Thomsen which sold for $350. Dancing to Yes, Dears and the Molly Ringwold Project, a band that includes LP Bertelsen who teaches trash can drumming after school in Solvang, completed the fun.