Canine Heroes Wine Auction 2010

George Thompson, with his wife Margot, greet a Golden Retriever puppy held by GDB staff member Denise St. Jean.
This past weekend, we held our 8th Annual Canine Heroes Wine Auction in the beautiful Napa Valley. Beginning with an intimate Winemaker dinner on Friday night in the wine cave at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, the weekend was off to a great start. The Wine Auction itself was on Saturday, held at Black Stallion Winery. Guests enjoyed a reception where they sampled food and wine from some of Napa's acclaimed wineries and restaurants, as well as bid on a host of silent auction lots. The evening progressed with a four-course gourmet meal with a keynote address by GDB alumnus George Thompson (pictured above; his Guide Dog Cairo is out of the frame), and culminated in a grand Live Auction.

"I loved the energy, camaraderie, the total success of both evenings," said Interim CEO Morgan Watkins. "It was thrilling, and thanks to staff, volunteers, donors, graduates, and dogs, we had two spectacular nights to remember."

The festivities raised more than $290,000, proceeds of which will go toward supporting GDB's veterinary expenses. Didn't make it to the auction? You can still support GDB with a donation here:

Special thanks to Co-Chairs Paula Kornell and Joan Boyd, and the following corporate sponsors: Guggenheim Partners Asset Management, LLC; State Street Bank and Trust Company; Albourne America, LLC; Callan Associates; Goldman Sachs Asset Management; Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.; The Winetasting Network; Bank of Marin; BlackRock, Inc.; Dodge & Cox; Friess Associates; Invesco; The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation; Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.


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