An Evening of Wine and Roses


The Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust is grateful to the generous business sponsors and individual supporters of its 33rd Annual Evening of Wine and Roses fundraiser held on November 4th, which raised $75,000 in net proceeds to help fund Pajaro Valley health care programs serving children and youth, farmworkers and their families and low-income underserved residents of the Pajaro Valley.

The annual event was held at the Crosetti Building, Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds and attracted more than 700 guests who sampled wines made by 23-vintners from the Santa Cruz Mountains Appellation and hors d’oeuvres provided by 16-local restaurants and caterers.


In addition to the plentiful wine and hors d’oeuvres, event supporters enjoyed lively bidding on silent and live auction items (including gourmet dinners, vacation trips, collectible wines and original art) and the purchase of fresh bouquets of locally-grown roses.

Watsonville resident, Diane Mio, won first prize in the Wine and Roses Raffle, a vacation for two to one of three luxury resort destinations. Leon Mattingly of Watsonville won the second prize, $1,000 cash.

The Health Trust uses event proceeds to help fund grants to local agencies providing medical and health education services to low-income families in the Pajaro Valley. “We are very grateful to the participating wineries, restaurants, rose growers, artists, volunteers, local business sponsors and thousands of community residents who’ve shown their generous support over so many years,“ says Health Trust Board Chair Suzanne Mine Eguchi.

The mission of the Health Trust is to improve the quality of life and health for all the people of the Pajaro Valley. The Health Trust’s funding priority areas include: diabetes and its contributing factors; oral health prevention and access; health professions; and access to care. The Health Trust emphasizes three population groups with its health care funding and advocacy efforts, including: farm workers and their families, low-income and underserved individuals, and youth, ages 0-21. Using event proceeds and other funds, the Health Trust provides grants to local nonprofit organizations and supports other activities that address health care needs in its current priority areas.

A diverse, local 23-member Board of Directors provides oversight and stewardship of the Health Trust’s assets and works with a staff of ten to carry out the organization’s programs and services, including operation of the Diabetes Health Center (a diabetes self-management education and prevention program).  In addition to grant making, the Health Trust uses other approaches to achieve its mission, including county-wide and regional health planning efforts, convening around area health care issues, working with other organizations to leverage funding for the Pajaro Valley, health advocacy and in-kind grant making through the donation of conference space and nonprofit administrative services.

For more information about the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust, please contact Kathleen King, CEO