Generosity Warms the Holiday Party

Candlelight, the gentle tones of a duet’s guitars and vocals, stations laden with food, two bars ably “manned”, tables for relaxing and visiting with friends old and new — that was the welcome to over 165 Impact100 Sonoma members and 30 guests who attended the annual Holiday Party on December seven.

Sometimes circumstances heighten our appreciation for all that we have, and what we are able to contribute. This holiday season, and this year, have especially inspired gratitude and renewed dedication in Impact100 members and everyone who loves Sonoma Valley.

As Gera Vaz, Membership Chair and Co-President, reminded everyone, in 2018 Impact100 membership is more vital than ever. Why? Because 100% of each member’s $1,000 tax-deductible donation will be granted this year to nonprofits that are supporting and rebuilding our community.

Many members made sure to find the large holiday-paper-wrapped box into which they dropped gift cards for the Sonoma Valley Holiday Program. “The program coordinates with twelve different valley nonprofits to help those with the greatest needs receive support around the holidays,” explained Co-President Lynne Lancaster. “We collected a grand total of $3050 in gift cards from our Impact100 members.”

Constance Grizzell, Impact100 member and co-founder of the Holiday Program, commented, “We are truly humbled and awed by the generosity of our sisters. The gift cards will be used to provide for seniors, the homeless, and some of the families who were most impacted by the fires.”  

Rachel Hundley, Sonoma’s outgoing Mayor and new 2018 Impact100 member, spoke eloquently about why she joinedImpact100 and how touched she has been by the level of civic engagement and the way in which volunteers and nonprofits have rallied in the wake of the devastating fires. 

Big thanks to Erin Selby at Laura Chenel and to Gary Edwards who donated cheeses for the event. And to everyone else who made the Holiday Party so lovely and fun.