WHAT A WEEKEND! Both the Save Our Sunol benefit auction and the Sunol
Business Guild's Great Sunol Bed Races and Chili Cook-off were
big, fun and successful. I'm still gathering details about the
latter, which was a historical event for Sunol, so be sure and
catch Around Sunol next week for the story.
This week I'm going to try to thank everyone involved in the
SOS fundraiser. This is a nice job when it's all about generosity
and hard work for good causes.
The Save Our Sunol fundraiser at Bill and Marlene Rebello's
home on Saturday was fabulous, with about a hundred guests.
Our special attendees included San Francisco Supervisor Chris
Daly and his fiancée, Sarah Low, and Alameda County Supervisor
The food, beverages and auction items, all donated, were really
stellar and beyond anything we had expected. A number of people
put in many hours receiving the goods and designing and setting
up for the event. Ron Smith, Derek Johnson, Irv and Diane Tiessen,
Tom Harland, Alex Vlacos, Cindy Frillman and Bonnie Feltrop
were indispensable in that regard.
Our staff on Saturday did everything from making last minute
signs to arranging and serving food, parking cars, taking ticket
money, bar tending, clean-up and getting the auction items paid
for and into the hands of the high bidders. This awesome group
included Louise Throop, Doris Cretan, Thea Silbermann, Lynn
Kozma, Diane Heckman, Jane Murphy, Connie DeGrange, Martin Smith,
Barbara Egbert, Irv Cretan, Michael James, Pat Stillman, the
Van Dyke family, Doreen Dunnihoo, Terry Grimmer, Paul and David
Rebello, and David's fiancée, Coco Gonzales and most
of the folks mentioned above.
Katharina Icochea-Chaname of Kat's Right Stuff provided serving
staff at a generously reduced fee. Wonderful piano music was
provided by Carlos Avalon and G. Allen Schell, and our Masters
of Ceremonies were Bob Foster and Finley Boag. John Miller provided
insurance for the day. And of course, Bill and Marlene were
tireless as always, making sure the saloon was perfect, the
grounds stunning, and our workers given help whenever it was
needed. They also donated the rental of the piano, gorgeous
floral arrangements and delicious food and beverages. We just
can't thank them enough.
Others who donated food and beverages were Sunolians Julie
Lesher, Caren Foster, Diane and Bob Everett, the Tiessen, Cretan,
Silbermann, and Van Dyke families, Klay Kunkel, Kelly Sandlin,
Terry Grimmer, Diane Heckman, Alex and Marianne Vlacos and Sarah
Mills. Businesses in Sunol and the surrounding area were also
very generous, including Elliston Vineyards, Little Valley Vineyards,
Fenestra Winery, Sunol Food and Liquor, Wente Winery, Livermore
Valley Wine Sales, Sunol Valley Golf Club, Pleasanton Liquor,
Noland's Cakes and Barones Restaurant.
The auction was a blast and included donations from Sunolians
Hans Peeters, Tom and Marianna McManus, Ken Feltrop, Kathleen
Shannon, Pat and Bart Stillman, Bob and Cindy Frillman, Tom
and Vicki Harland, Kathleen Shannon, the Everett's, Sandi Bohner
and Bill Webster of Little Valley Vineyard, Skip Hinsley of
Girasole and Big Horn Grill restaurants, the Grandmothers Club,
Guin Van Dyke, Gary Canaparo, the Tiessens, Ron Smith, Nancy
Davis, Peter and Donna Alexander, the Silbermanns, Andrew Turnbull,
Paul and Laura Mirkirmi, members of the Little Brown Church,
and Bruce Rogers.
Other generous items were donated by Steve Sweeney, David McLaughlin,
Clover Creek, Macy's, Tom McCullough, Sheila Iversen, Darlene
Crane, Absolute Chiropractic, Dublin Creek Kennels, Chris Daly,
Portrait Displays, Inc., Friends of Filoli, Steve Bloom, White
Crane Winery, Joanne and Michael Freemire, Perfectly Maid, Main
Street Art Gallery, As Eye See It, Christopher-Michael Salon
and Spa, Pleasanton Spa, and Gary Winter.
Phew! It takes a lot of dedicated folks to make a very special
event a reality. Save Our Sunol's attorney, Morgan King, put
the icing on the cake by reducing the group's legal fees by
a very generous amount. Funding the lawsuit against the quarry
expansion is what this benefit was all about, and Save Our Sunol
is deeply grateful for all of those who donated goods and services,
and to all of those who attended the event and went home with
great auction items. Hope you all had a terrific time!
Alameda County Supervisor Gail Steele looks at auction items
with Pat Stillman, President of Save Our Sunol at the group's
benefit on Oct. 5.
Michael James holds up "Bluebirds" by acclaimed
biologist and artist Hans Peeters of Sunol. The painting
was auctioned at a benefit for Save Our Sunol Oct. 5. (FYI
- Pictured: seated: Neil Davies and Pat Stillman. Standing
l. - r.: An attendee, Diane Heckman, Jeroen Engelberts,
Bree James, Michael James, Julie Lesher;.)
Attendees look at auction items at a benefit for Save Our
Sunol at the home of Bill and Marlene Rebello.