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Charitable Wine Industry “Event” to Raise Much-Needed Holiday Food Funds for Non-Profit Foodbank of Santa Barbara County through Ticketed Online Drawing; Entry Period Runs through December 11, 2020

Santa Ynez Valley, CA – The organizers of the annual Santa Barbara County Women Winemakers Celebration (facebook.com/WomenWinemakersCelebration), the charitable event traditionally held each year on International Women’s Day (March 8), have launched a holiday season virtual raffle to benefit local non-profit, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County (foodbanksbc.org).

Women Winemakers Celebration event participants have donated bottles of wine to the drawing, and tickets for future experiences. All drawing ticket proceeds will be donated to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County to aid in the organization’s much-needed food distribution efforts stemming from increased demand this year, due in major part to COVID’s effects on the County’s economy. Drawing tickets may be purchased here, through December 11, 2020: womenwinemakersraffle.eventbrite.com

“The holidays and winter months are normally a difficult time for those we serve. This year the economic impact of COVID-19 has created a drastic increase in need. The Foodbank has steadily doubled the amount of food we distribute in a typical year,” said Laurel Alcantar, Senior Development Manager for Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, who continued, “We are truly grateful to the Women Winemakers for putting this together and for helping us ensure that everyone in our community has access to healthy food this holiday season.”

The annual Women Winemakers Celebration brings together a varied sampling of Santa Barbara County’s female winemakers in a show of support for each other, and other working women, world-wide. Each year’s March event – this past year, a Sunday brunch held at Roblar Farm in Santa Ynez – features approximately two dozen female winemakers alongside some of the Santa Ynez Valley’s leading culinary ladies, the latter of which collaborate to create multi-course feasts paired with a selection of their winemaker colleagues’ wines.

Three drawing ticket levels are available here, through December 11, 2020, with the winner drawing and associated announcement to happen on December 13. Prizes will be available for pick-up at Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard in Solvang, California, or available to ship, as of December 14. The ticket levels are:

  •  $50.00 / ticket – One (1) case of Santa Barbara County Women Winemaker-made wine (12 x 750ml bottles), with a total value of at least $500.00.
  • $25.00 / ticket – One-half (1/2) case (6 bottles) of these wines, estimated to be $250.00 in value.
  • $50.00 / ticket – A “digital gift basket” populated with passes to the various winemakers’ tasting rooms, special coupons for online specials, intimate “meet the winemaker” sessions and more items, TBD; value estimated to be $500.00.

“At this time of year, we are usually in the beginning phases of planning for the next year’s Women Winemakers Celebration, and while there are still many uncertainties of the possibilities for a March 2021 event, we can still make a difference in other ways – when it’s most needed,” explained Karen Steinwachs, co-founder of the annual Women Winemakers Celebration, winemaker at Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, and owner/winemaker of Seagrape Wine Company.

Pandemic-pending, the Women Winemakers Celebration would traditionally return for a March 8, 2021 event; further updates and details TBA. For more information about the March 2021 Women Winemakers Celebration plans, please contact Anna Ferguson-Sparks, Stiletto Marketing, at 1.877.327.2656 or info@stilettomarketing.com.

About the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is a 501(c)3 organization helping to end hunger and transform the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition. The Foodbank serves the community as a leader and expert in improving the nutritional health of Santa Barbara County through increased food security at all times, and especially during Disaster Response. The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County prides itself in its award-winning educational programs which not only feed the community, but also enrich and empower them. The Foodbank’s food is utilized by one in four people in the County, and 40% of those served by the Foodbank are children. With hands-on learning and community-specific plans, the Foodbank helps people of all ages gain food literacy. For further information, to get involved, and/or to donate, please visit: foodbanksbc.org.