2015 LakeCountyRising Fundraising Effort

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#LakeCountyRising was formed in 2015 by three leading organizations that represent wineries and vineyard owners in Lake County. The organizations include:

Lake County Crush District 2 Winegrape Commission
3865 Main Street, Kelseyville, CA 95451
(707) 279-2633

Lake County Winery Association
P.O. Box 1474, Kelseyville, CA95451
(707) 357-5237

Lake County Wine Alliance
P.O. Box 530, Kelseyville, CA 95451
(707) 279-9463

History & Mission

In the summer of 2015, the Valley Fire swept through the southern area of Lake County and decimated communities like Cobb, Middletown, and Anderson Springs. In the first 15 days after the fire, #LakeCountyRising emerged as a way for individuals and businesses to respond and provide financial assistance to those affected by the fire.

In the following days, organizers established a steering committee to generate awareness, solicit funds beyond Lake County borders, and guide the distribution of funds to assist individuals, businesses, and organizations where the need is acutely felt.

Members of the steering committee included Kaj Ahlmann, President, Lake County Wine Alliance, and Owner, Six Sigma Ranch; Andy Beckstoffer, Chair and Owner, Beckstoffer Vineyards; Rob Brown, District 5 Supervisor, County of Lake; Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Dell; Peter Molnar, Partner and General Manager, Obsidian Wine Co.; Brad Onorato, District Representative for U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson; Tiffany Ortega, Assistant Administrator, Sutter Lakeside Hospital.

The steering committee raised funds through individuals, corporate supporters, and the 2016 Charity Wine Auction. At the same time, the steering committee actively worked with organizations in need to distribute funds to those affected by the fires in Lake County.


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