Wineries, restaurants team up for Granite Bay band fundraiserBy: Staff Report
Some of the Napa Valley’s best wineries will be joining some of Roseville and Granite Bay’s best restaurants later this month to support some of the top high school musicians in California.
The fifth annual Wines Around the Bay event will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 to raise money for Granite Bay High School’s Emerald Brigade Band and Color Guard. It takes close to $200,000 annually to fund the program, which is consistently ranked one of the best in the state. In 2015, Granite Bay came in first place in the prestigious Western Band Association’s championships.
“These kids work incredibly hard and their work is consistently recognized,” band director Lynn Lewis said. “Unfortunately, the cost of the program, which includes uniforms, transportation, staff and more, is very expensive and is not funded with tax dollars.”
Parents and other supporters created the Emerald Brigade Support Organization, a nonprofit to help fund the cost of the program, said EBSO President Al Petterson.
“In addition to parents of the band members, we look to local businesses and other community members to keep the program alive and robust,” he said.
The Wines Around the Bay is one of the organization’s biggest fundraisers every year, and will feature Silver Oak, Duckhorn and other Napa Valley favorites, several local breweries, including Out of Bounds and Knee Deep, and food from restaurants including Paul Martin’s and Dominick’s Italian Market & Deli Macaroni Grill, according to event co-chair Donna Eckwortzel.
Other sponsors include Capitol Cellars and House of Oliver in Granite Bay, both of which will be on hand to pour some summer favorites. In addition to the food and wine, guests will hear entertainment from some of Granite Bay’s student musicians, and may participate in a silent and live auction.
For the second year in a row, the event will take place at the home of Steve and Renee Nash in Granite Bay.
“As a member of the Eureka Union School District Board of Trustees for the last four years, I have been a huge proponent of music education,” Renee said. “Music is so important for the total academic and social development of kids, and Steve and I are thrilled to be able to support such a wonderful cause.”
Parking will be available at nearby Granite Bay High School and Ridgeview Elementary School.
A news release for the fundraiser said attendance will be capped at 250 people to make sure everyone has a great time. Tickets are $50 per person, plus a small transaction fee, and are only available at www.bandfundraiser.eventbrite.com.