The 26th Annual Hands Across the Valley continued to raise over two-million dollars accumulative towards the goal of a community without hunger. 

Napa Valley entrepreneur George Altamura, founder of Hands, told the 500 seated guests on the lawn of the Historic Charles Krug Winery that they have come a long way from the first year of raising 35,000-dollars in a small restaurant. Today, wineries like Charles Krug have played host to the popular Napa Valley fund raiser that assists the Napa Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army Napa, the Table and other “Safety Net” food programs in Napa County.  The generosity of the attendees makes it possible for over 450 elderly and community residents in need to be fed every day.  Meals on Wheels delivers over 105,000 meals per year and The Table serves over 41,000 meals per year while the Salvation Army serves approximately 42,000 meals per year. A large portion of the fund a need went to purchasing three new vans to be used by the Food Bank and Meals on Wheels.  

Altamura also recognized retired chef Bob Hurley, who has been responsible for the sit-down dinner for many years.  Bob replied with a smile that it was nice to be served for once and not have his hair on fire in the kitchen.  Calistogan Caterer Elaine Bell took over the reins this year.

Altamura also honored Vintner Dario Sattui and Grapegrower Andy Beckstoffer for their contribution over the years and made them members of his 100-thousand-dollar club.

Prior to the dinner on the lawn, guests were invited to a walk around receptions where many Napa Valley restaurants noted chefs offered bites and local wineries poured samples of their latest vintage.  A silent and live auction were also held.  Before the first course was served the crowd was dazzled by the performance of the dancing horses.

 

Photos & Article Courtesy of Kari Ruel