A Summer Celebration for Impact100 Sonoma

PicnicTable2Since its founding in 2009, Impact100 Sonoma Valley has sought to bring together women in our communities to create a “giving circle” ― at least 100 women, each giving $1,000 annually, each having one vote, resulting in one gift of $100,000 to a nonprofit organization in Sonoma Valley that has a big idea and great potential.  This has worked so well that we now have more than 250 women in the circle, allowing us to provide the $100,000 Impact Grant as well as smaller Community Grants.

The 2015 grant awards marked our sixth year of giving and a milestone as well ― > $1,000,000 has been distributed to local nonprofits! What better way to celebrate this milestone, and our sixth birthday, than to thank our members, our friends, our sponsors, and our dedicated Sonoma Valley nonprofits by raising a toast to this very special collaboration.


Depot Park provided a perfect setting for this special occasion. Plenty of room to relax, enjoy a glass of champagne, and celebrate. Ably assisted by her dedicated crew members and their spouses, Hope Nisson threw a great party for the approximately 200 members and guests who helped us celebrate. Despite the heat, we all sipped cool drinks and noshed on the excellent food, and, well, just chilled out!

Co-President, Celia Canfield described a bit of our history and the milestones surpassed and looked at the future of Impact100 Sonoma. Ann Reder, Executive Vice President, encouraged our guests to join the organization and become part of the process. It was indeed a grand celebration!

guitarSpecial thanks go to the entire events committee, Bari Williams and all the members who snapped photos, and to Stewart Degner, the guitarist who provided some mellow music on a hot day.  We also thank Sonoma Market for the yummy food, Gloria Ferrer for the sparkling wine, Deschuttes Brewery for the beer, and Safeway for the flowers!

And as always, our heartfelt thanks to our 2015 Major Underwriter, Union Bank.

Text provided by Carole Eubanks.