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Our Farm to Table Dinner, cancelled because of the pandemic, would have taken place this Sunday

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We’re still very grateful for our partners, sponsors, and other supporters who make this dinner possible — and look forward to next year’s event

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Danny Lucas, a longtime captain with the Watsonville Fire Department, was to be honored at this Sunday’s Farm to Table Dinner.

The Farm to Table Dinner is a spectacular event, hosted annually by our American Red Cross chapter here in the Central Coast. Held in a beautiful outdoor setting, this family-style dinner is prepared by some of Northern California’s most preeminent chefs. This signature event provides guests with a special opportunity to celebrate our organization’s local impact and raise critical dollars for those programs, all while enjoying some of the finest offerings from local farms and wineries.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many weeks ago we made the decision to cancel our 6th annual dinner. It was to have occurred this Sunday, June 7, at the stunning Carmel Valley Ranch. Proceeds from the event this year were to have supported the lifesaving work we do in Blood Services.

As part of our event, the American Red Cross had selected longtime Watsonville Fire Department Captain Danny Lucas as the dinner’s special honoree. Danny, whose miraculous recovery following a near-fatal hunting accident last fall was made possible in part by the 24 units of blood he received during his lengthy hospitalization, returned home determined to help our chapter call attention to the constant need for blood donations. To read more about Danny’s story, please view this blog post. And, as this second post make clear, we owe Danny a big Thank You for his efforts.

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Clockwise from upper left: Chef Tim Wood of Carmel Valley Ranch, Chef Tony Baker of Montrio Bistro, Chef Fabrice Roux of ROUX and Chophouse, Farm to Table Event Chair Jennifer Roux, Chef Justin Robarge of Montrio Bistro, and Chef Tanya Matta of Carmel Valley Ranch.

Even though we were unable to hold this year’s dinner, I can’t help but publicly thank some of the people who had already done so much in an effort to make this year’s event successful. Thank you to Chef Tim Wood and Chef Tanya Matta of Carmel Valley Ranch, Chef Fabrice Roux of ROUX and Chophouse, and Chef Tony Baker and Chef Justin Robarge of Montrio Bistro for their generous donation of time and talents.

Our Farm to Table Dinner is also supported each year by a dedicated group of committee members, including our Farm to Table Committee Chair, Jennifer Roux, and committee members Anita Clerisse, Bill Cox, Brent Sepulvado, Joan Harlem, Dane Lobb, Lori Mazza, Tim Nylen, and Rayvon Williams. We also want to give special thanks to our sponsors for this year’s dinner (see below).

While this year’s Farm to Table Dinner had to be cancelled because of COVID-19, we have continued to support our communities during this pandemic. To learn more about that work, please click here.

In the meantime, please know that we are hopeful that we will be able to host our amazing dinner again next year. We will keep our community updated as soon as we have a better sense of what it will take to move forward.

Thanks again to all whose support makes it possible for our chapter, region, and the entire American Red Cross family to help so many!

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  • Michele Averill is the CEO for the American Red Cross of the Central Coast.
  • For more information about the Farm to Table Dinner, please email our Regional Special Events Manager, Pooja Klebig.

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors and Supporters!

Presenting Sponsor
third-millennium

Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsor

chomp

Bronze Sponsors

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nsi

mahoney

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In-Kind Supporters:

Alaska Airlines
Albert & Virginia Becker
Beam Suntory
Bernardus Vineyards & Winery
Blake McCall
Bonterra Organic Vineyards
Bricoleur Vineyards
Driscoll’s
Eric Carmichael
Fetzer Vineyards
Fire on Wheels
Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles
Harris Ranch
Elizabeth Portraiture
KB Farms
Laurel Glen Vineyard
Luli Wines
Mark Butler
Michael and Janis Klebig
One Hope Winery
Opus One
Pisoni Vineyards
Pebble Beach Community Foundation
Ridge Vineyards
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco Giants
Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association

 

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A helping of hope: Red Cross joins community partners at local food distribution event

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Red Cross volunteers load bags of groceries into the trunk of a car occupied by a San Benito County family in need of food assistance.
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As California endures a third month of the COVID-19 outbreak and its many associated challenges, the American Red Cross has stepped up to provide hope and help wherever possible — including lending a hand to its community partners.

On Friday, May 22, workers from the Central Coast Chapter joined First 5 San Benito County to support a food distribution event in Hollister. During the COVID-19 shutdown, many families have struggled with a lack of income due to record unemployment; the food provided at these events is a vital resource for many who can no longer afford a trip to the grocery store. The day was a successful one, but tough, and required a lot of effort and coordination. Thanks to decades of experience in disaster response, the Red Cross was able to jump in and do what it does best: serve others. Read more

Our region’s Int. Srvs. classes, discussions now offered online

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To see more regional stories and other content related to the Red Cross response to the coronavirus pandemic, please see this blog post.
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Like many other American Red Cross activities, the classes and discussion groups that have been hosted in our region by our International Services program are a service that has been re-engineered because of COVID-19 social-distancing requirements.

“When it became clear that this pandemic would be with us for a while, we started to rethink the way we were making our classes and other educational opportunities available,” says Go Funai, Director of the Service to the Armed Forces and International Services programs for the Northern California Coastal Region (NCCR).

So, beginning late last month, with an introductory course that is part of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) series, Funai’s International Services (IS) team has begun to deliver its educational offerings virtually.

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Northern California Coastal Region supports vets with comfort kits

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SAF Director Go Funai, Kathleen Lenihan, Marilyn Byington, Leeann Woodward, and Julianna Jaynes deliver comfort kits to the San Francisco VA Medical Center.  Photo: Nanette Shamieh | American Red Cross
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The Covid-19 pandemic has hampered more than a few activities, but it has also spawned a number of opportunities. For example, shelter in place orders forced the canceling of several stand downs. A stand down is an event hosted for veterans where they can avail themselves of a variety of resources in one place. Resources include medical and dental treatment as well as haircuts in a safe and secure temporary environment.

Each veteran attending receives a comfort kit. These kits typically include a toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, shaving cream, razor, shampoo, etc. According to Kathleen Lenihan, a retired Army Officer and Service to Armed Forces volunteer, “Walmart and other generous partners donate money, goods or make the kits.”

And with the cancellation of stand downs, a number of kits that were going unused.

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Pandemic hasn’t changed need for Red Cross DAT calls, just the way we’re doing them

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Jillian Balceta, an AmeriCorps worker in the Silicon Valley Chapter, also serves on the chapter’s DAT and Casework teams. She supported the DAT team on two recent calls using her computer at home.
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While the Covid-19 crisis has shuttered businesses, postponed community events, and required widespread sheltering-in-place, the pandemic hasn’t changed at least one thing: Individuals and families are still confronted with home fires and other emergencies that require critical assistance from the American Red Cross. Read more

Thank you, once more, to our incredible volunteers!

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Volunteers are the lifeline of the American Red Cross, providing critical services such as educating clients on home fire prevention. (Photo: Samar M. Salma; American Red Cross)
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Every April, the American Red Cross joins organizations around the world to shine a spotlight on the people who make the real difference in our communities: our volunteers. Their selfless time, energy, compassion, and dedication are what get the work of the Red Cross done.

National Volunteer Week takes place this year from April 19th through April 25th. As a ramp-up to this special time, now is the perfect moment to recognize – once more – the incredible volunteers honored throughout our region at our 2019 Volunteer Recognition Events:

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