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September 11, 2012 > Successful Grape & LEAF Event

Successful Grape & LEAF Event

Submitted By Mia Mora

Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont's (LEAF) fundraisers have gotten bigger and more successful each year. This year's event was held Saturday, August 11 at the Westover Winery, located on Palomares Road in Castro Valley. The owners, Bill and Jill Smyth, generously provided the venue, used for weddings and other gala events.

Attendees were treated to complimentary transport from downtown Niles on the vintage Niles bus, with historical commentary by the driver. The winery is set on a picturesque hillside, surrounded by sustainable vineyards. Most of the nine eateries providing finger foods surrounded the entry courtyard. Musicians serenaded diners by the courtyard fountain, the Tasting Room, and at the stage in the back patio. Twenty musicians, headlined by Michael McNevin, rotated among the three areas throughout the evening. Live auction items included a weekend at a mountain cabin and a catered dinner for eight. Raffle and silent auction items were displayed in the Tasting Room.

The event was planned by a committee headed by Mia Mora and included Bruce Cates, Richard Godfrey, Vanessa Lindores, Wendy Okafuji, Rose Nichols, Liz Schroeder, and Karen Talken. We had a very successful turnout of 168 attendees, including a number of volunteers and several VIP's from the City of Fremont and our platinum sponsor, Fremont Bank, as well as other sustainability leaders in the community. The event was very successful. Proceeds helped LEAF meet a matching grant, enabling LEAF to secure the new historic California Nursery site on City of Fremont property.

Food was donated by Catering by Gael, Chutney (mention LEAF for a 10 percent discount), De Afghanan Cuisine, Mioki Sushi, Mission Coffee, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Papillon, Sinodino's Steak & Seafood, and The Vine.

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