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Mendocino College Foundation plans September 'Gala on the Green'

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Mendocino College Foundation Board members Rhonada Clausen (left) and Wilda Shock discussing Gala on the Green plans outside the Green Barn on the Campovida grounds. Photo by Susan Stout.



 


HOPLAND – “Gala on the Green,” an annual fundraiser to benefit Mendocino College students and programs, is scheduled for Sept. 11 at Campovida (formerly Fetzer Vineyards Valley Oaks Food and Wine Center), 12901 Old River Road, Hopland.


The gala begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be preceded by optional tours of the Campovida gardens between 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.


Presented by the Mendocino College Foundation, the event features dinner, wine, auctions and music.


Tickets for the event are $85 per person. Tables, with seating for eight people each, may be reserved for $680.


Additional information about tickets and table reservations will soon be available on the Foundation’s website, http://foundation.mendocino.edu.


Proceeds from the event are used to fund scholarships for students and provide support for college programs as recommended by the administrators.


Last year’s Gala on the Green raised more than $30,000 for scholarships and educational programs.


A committee of foundation board members is working on details for the fundraiser.


Richard Cooper of Ukiah is this year’s Special Events Committee chair.


The event will feature dinner catered by Kilkenny Kitchen of Ukiah, cocktails and wine, musical entertainment, and live and silent auctions.


Use of Campovida as the setting for this year’s event is provided by new owners Gary Breen and Anna Beuselinck.


The gala has taken place on the former Valley Oaks property the last two years. Campovida LLC purchased the Hopland acreage from Brown-Forman in April.


“Campovida” translates to “Field of Life,” and company owners Breen and Beuselinck are working to revitalize the 51 acres that feature a dining pavilion, a farmhouse inn, a field house, a tasting room, 10 acres of organic vineyards and organic gardens of more than 2,000 varieties of fresh fruit, herbs, vegetables, and ornamental and edible flowers.


Guided garden tours have been added to this year’s gala festivities.


For more information about the annual Gala on the Green or about the Mendocino College Foundation, visit the foundation’s Web site, http://foundation.mendocino.edu.


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