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Jubilee Tickets Still Available

Ready to go on a wine stroll? To sip, snack and socialize, and to support NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement along the way?

It’s all there at the 30th annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, to be held on Saturday, May 20, and tickets are still available.

The Harbison Event Center at the Nut Tree will host the event this year, and organizers are taking advantage of the venue’s unique layout to create a “wine country stroll” experience.

Ticketholders can meander along a wide path that weaves around wisteria-covered arbors and inviting gazebos as it encircles the historic Harbison House. Along the way, at every curve in the path, as many as 100 vendors will be waiting to offer bits, bites and sips of their award-winning foods and beverages. Event organizers also plan to create a Beer Garden experience at the venue.

Ticketholders can also stop by a special area at the venue to see video screens highlighting items in the online Silent Auction. Volunteers will be waiting to help potential shoppers download the NorthBay C2C app that can be used to bid on items. The Jubilee Silent Auction is already open for bidding and will run through June 3.

Solano Wine & Food Jubilee VIPs – those sponsors who have donated $1,500 and more to cause – will start the evening off an hour earlier than general admission ticketholders, at 5:30 p.m. There is still time to become a Solano Wine & Food Jubilee VIP sponsor. Contact Colleen Knight, NorthBay Healthcare Foundation program coordinator at (707) 646-3131 for more information.

The three-acre site – last open to the public in 2009 -- is large enough to host several entertainers, too. Performing for the crowds this year is local favorite Vino Banditos, fronted by John Young, 95.3 KUIC DJ, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Entertainment pauses at 9 p.m. for the Jubilee Raffle, when lucky ticket holders learn if they get to take home a brand new car, or one of several cash prizes. Then the Time Bandits take the stage out at the Nut Tree Pavilion at 9:15 to get everyone up and dancing.

General admission tickets are $75 each for those ages 21 and up, and can be purchased through Eventbrite for a nominal fee by going to, or to Tickets are $125 on the day of the event, if still available.

Jubilee raffle tickets are $50 each, or buy two and get the third for free. The top prize is a choice of a 2017 Nissan Altima, 2017 Buick Verano or 2017 Hyundai Sonata, courtesy of local auto dealer Rami Yanni. Yanni has four dealerships -- Vacaville Nissan, Vacaville Dodge, Vacaville Buick GMC, and Vacaville Hyundai – and he has generously supported the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee for the past four years.

In addition to the choice of cars as a top Raffle prize, $10,000 in cash will also be awarded, according to Wendy Jackson, raffle chair. There will be 12 winners of $125, 10 winners of $500, one winner of $1,000 and one $2,500 winner. Odds of winning something are about one in 100, as only 2,500 tickets will be sold, and the winner need not be present. Raffle tickets can be purchased by calling (707) 646-3133, purchased with a credit card by fax at (707) 646-3135, or in person at the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, 4500 Business Center Drive in Fairfield, or Jackson Medical Supply, Main Street in Vacaville.

The 30th Solano Wine & Food Jubilee begins at 6:30 p.m. for general admission ticket holders. It is Solano County’s largest and best-attended fund raising event, and it benefits the programs of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement.

For more information, go to,, or call (707) 646-3131.

Hospice & Bereavement Receives Big Boost from Donors

NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement received a record-breaking boost of support from area philanthropists during Open That Bottle Night, on Saturday, Feb. 11.

More than $173,000 was raised during the annual gala, organized by NorthBay Healthcare Foundation, to thank the most generous supporters and vendors of the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee. The Jubilee -- Solano County’s largest fund-raising event for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement -- is now in its 30th year.  
The evening was jam-packed with tributes and surprises, including an unexpected philanthropy award presentation, the announcement of a new hospice program for veterans, and the unveiling of a website and app to support NorthBay Healthcare Foundation’s fundraising efforts.

At center stage were Al and Patt Shaw, who were presented with the Foundation’s Spirit of Philanthropy Award. The Shaws have been long-time supporters of NorthBay healthcare, providing generous gifts in the past decade to the Solano Wine & Food Jubilee, the Dream of a Lifetime and Hospice & Bereavement programs and, most recently, a Cuddle Cot for grieving parents who have lost their newborns. Al Shaw has also provided his leadership skills while serving as a NorthBay Healthcare Foundation board member since 2004.

Guests also learned that NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement is unveiling a new program to provide services to veterans in need, as they face their final battle in hospice. The new program, called “Mission to Serve,” will further Hospice & Bereavement’s quest to earn its fourth star in the “We Honor Veterans” program. Upon learning of the program’s goals, several guests stood up to pledge their support, and more than $53,000 was raised that night for this program alone.

Another presentation focused on, the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation’s website that highlights its philanthropic history of partnering with the community. It is an exciting new platform that offers users many ways to make a difference and to engage, including through use of the new, free app. The app can be found at Google Play and the iPhone AppStore, by searching for NorthBayC2C.

Guests at Open That Bottle Night were served a meal prepared by Merchant & Main’s Bob Tooke and daughter Jema Haggerman, who created a menu of nostalgic fare from the heyday of the famous Nut Tree Restaurant.

Entertainment was provided by nationally acclaimed artist David Garibaldi, who came on stage to paint – on the spot – three portraits. Accompanied by original Papa Roach drummer David Buckner, Garibaldi dabbed brushes – and even his hands -- in paint, and then applied the paint in wide, dramatic strokes to the blank canvases. Within minutes, the images of Marilyn Monroe, the Statue of Liberty, and Jim Lawrenz, former chairman of the NorthBay Healthcare Foundation board of directors, emerged on the canvases. All portraits were later sold to the highest bidders.

During a live auction, bidders vied for items that included exotic vacation getaways, instant wine cellars, personal tours and screenings at Pixar Studios, and VIP seats at Giants and River Cats games.

“What a great night for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement and what a special night for the Shaws,” noted Patt. “Thank you all so very, very much for letting us be a part of the ever-growing NorthBay organization and family.”
Tickets to the 30th Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee are still available.

The event, a benefit for NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement, will be May 20 at the Harbison Event Center at the Nut Tree in Vacaville. Sponsors of the 30th annual event are Al and Patt Shaw, Freeman Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Rami Yanni of Vacaville Buick GMC, Nissan and Hyundai, Western Health Advantage, DPR Construction and Brett and Mimi Johnson.

Tickets, for those 21 and up, are $75 each (plus a small service fee) through February, and can be purchased through or the events page. For more information, call (707) 646-3131.