$45,000 Donated to Schools’ Art Programs

December 16, 2016

Congressman Mike Thompson and Wine Alliance Board member hold up check with support from school beneficiaries.

The Lake County Wine Alliance presented a total of $135,000 in donation checks to 27 local schools, organizations and charities at a festive event at the Sawshop Bistro on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

High school arts programs are traditionally the largest beneficiaries of the annual Lake County Wine Auction and this year was no exception. Due to the generosity of individual donors and corporate sponsors, a record $9,000 was awarded to each of Lake County's five high schools. Clear Lake, Kelseyville, Lower Lake, Middletown and Upper Lake High Schools each received the donation to support each school's arts programs, for a total of $45,000, or 33% of the total donations being awarded.

Matt Cockerton, Principal of Kelseyville High School, said that without the continued financial support of the Wine Alliance, the school would not have funding for art programs. Tom Hoskins, HR & LCAP Director for the Konocti Unified School District said the money would go to support the drama, music and arts & photography programs for Lower Lake High School. There is talk of using some of the funds to take students on field trips to art museums in the Bay Area to expand the students' exposure to art.

The Wine Alliance hosts an annual wine auction to raise funds to support local charities and non-profits, in addition to the schools. Despite the pressure on donors to contribute to a multitude of funds for fire-related causes, the 2016 auction generated a record breaking $135,000.

Wine Alliance Vice President, Judy Luchsinger, said that the Alliance is committed to supporting the arts in education and will continue to do so. Planning for the 2017 wine auction is already well underway.

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