August 23, 1999
Auction of Northwest Wines raises a record $1.2 million for Children's Medical CenterNo child has ever been turned away from care at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. The assurance of that continuing will be helped with the generous bidding of guests at the annual Auction of Northwest Wines held last Saturday night at Chateau Ste. Michelle.
The gala event raised a record $1.2 million for the uncompensated care program at Children's. The program provides nearly $28 million in free or part-paid care.
The 1999 Vintner Chairmen were Mike and Gary Hogue of Hogue Cellers. Auction Co-Chairmen were Howard Shultz, Chairman and CEO of Starbucks Coffee Company, and Steve Fleischmann of Fleischmann Office Interiors. Hundreds of volunteers and businesses from many industries contributed. Kenny G and Cindy Crawford were among the 700 guests attending the event.
The evening began in the Chateau's banquet room with a silent and short live auction before moving through the carpeted barrel room lined with northwest winemakers and their barreled wine samples.
The grand auction was held under a 24,000-square-foot tent decorated with hanging plants, festive decorations, and featuring a stage with a runway, formally-set white linen tables, an espresso bar, and a dance floor. Vounteers were honored first, as they paraded down the runway releasing hundreds of butterflies.
The auction was lively from the beginning, with auctioneers Dick and Sharon Friel presenting the 60 items. The largest bid was $80,000 for a 20-person rib dinner with Howard and Sheri Shultz, Chateau Ste. Michelle wines, and a saxophone performance by Kenny G.
Cindy Crawford, who spoke of our own family's struggle with her brother's leukemia, raised $15,000 with her auction item, which included attending one of her photo shoots and a stay in Los Angeles or New York.
Auction items included rare wines, dinners with wine, trips to Paris and other places with wine, vertical tastings of wines on yachts, a custom wheelchair to be donated to Children's, and a work by artist on location Greg Kalamar, who completed a 48" x 36" oil painting of the evening festivities in just three hours.
Guests dined on a seven-course dinner prepared by guest chefs from the Northwest.
Woodinville wineries participating included Chateau Ste. Michelle, Columbia, Paul Thomas Winery, DeLille Cellars, Facelli Winery, and Matthews Cellars.
The event has grown during the past twelve years to become the third-largest wine auction in the United States. Call 206-667-9463 for the 2000 event.
David Padgett (former Woodinville resident and Bothell High graduate, and the new owner of Horizon's Edge Winery in Zillah) holds the 9-liter Salamanazar of Domaine Ste. Michelle de Blanc that was sold with a pair of sterling silver champagne goblets for twice the amount of its $1,600 value.
Kenny G performs for guests at the Auction for Northwest Wines last Saturday at Chateau Ste. Michelle.
Cindy Crawford and her husband, Rande Gerber, attended the auction.