November 13th:Exciting news - the fundraiser at Russian River Flower School raised just over $22,000 for Fire Relief funds donated directly to Undocufund! We were there with donated wine, helping with food prep and serving at the bar. Alice also contributed artwork for the silent auction.
We are participating in this upcoming fundraising event for fire relief for Undocumented Survivors. Tickets $25 - Sat Nov 11, 5-8pm.
Russian River Flower School will host Art for Access - An auction & Raffle for the UndocuFund. https://www.russianriverflowers.com/art-for-access
Preview album of art:
Driving to work every day from our home on the Warnecke Ranch we still see red tape on Young, Thomas and Flora Ranch roads indicating to the fire fighters where to turn. They maintained a line on our neighbors’ ranches at the end of these small roads, keeping the Tubbs fire at bay a mile or two parallel to Chalk Hill Road, on the southeast side. Our home, wine storage and winemaking facility are all untouched, and the Warnecke Ranch & Vineyards emerged completely unscathed. Seeing the charred peaks along this same drive brings tears of awe and gratitude to our eyes, having witnessed the life-saving efforts during and post firestorm, as do the stories of bravery and heart wrenching loss that continue to dominate the conversation around town.
Recovering from the emergency situation, we now take on the responsibility, with our entire community, of assisting in the recovery efforts. We have volunteered, we have donated, we have committed part of our sales to this cause. It is not enough to mend our broken hearts. This disaster has affected our community deeply and it will take years to rebuild. Right now, however, it is important to continue our lives as normal to the extent possible for the sake of our local tourism industry. Thank you for your support during these destabilizing times. https://www.cawinestrong.com/participating-wineries/
Wine-specific about the fire by Alder Yarrow:
From a local paper The Healdsburg Tribune, written by Heather Bailey, an Alexander Valley resident:
Sonoma County Tourism website has updated fire, emergency, housing, volunteer and donation information: http://www.sonomacounty.com/fire
Donate directly to Rebuild Sonoma County fund: https://www.youcaring.com/victimsofwinecountryfires-979025
Just a note to say that we are ok and family/home/business intact, we feel lucky but heartbroken for our community.
With the encouragement of our tourism and wine industry agencies, we are remaining open for wine tourism business. But please expect slower response to inquiries, as we will be doing our best to support our community, by keeping our small local business up and going, but also by helping neighbors who are in need right now. https://www.facebook.com/SonomaCountyVintners/
Please consider donating to the Healdsburg Free Store and passing word along to your friends that this is an amazing community resource with free clothing (baby/child too) for those who lost their homes or are currently evacuated. https://www.facebook.com/healdsburgfreestore/
Sonoma Family Meal is providing free meals for pick up in Santa Rosa, delicious restaurant-cooked warm food to comfort those in need, effected by the fires. https://www.facebook.com/sonomafamilymeal/
Here is a picture of us saying thank you to the fire fighters this morning. This crew just got off duty nearby and stopped at our driveway to clean up/pack up gear. I asked them for a picture for #sonomastrong because seeing this and hearing stories helps cope, get through this and heal ... and they said put the kid in the picture and that they’re so so so appreciative of the immense gratitude that they can really feel that our community is sending them. Thank you to all the firefighters, and to my family who stayed here all this past week watching and doing fire prevention work and animal care for us and our ranch. We evacuated for 1 week. Today we are home and the kids went to school - their teachers are all there collecting donations and providing childcare so that we can help our community. I’m not sure it’s a good idea, it is still smoky and the Tubbs fire is 2 to 3 miles from our house. But for now it feels absolutely right (and we are safe) and just so needed to be in our community and frankly needed to cry- I am smiling in this picture but I’m really crying and can’t believe the State of Emergency all around us and the stress and conflict of feeling so thankful that we’re ok still and so is our home and all of our extended family including neighbors, but at the same time feeling just heart broken for every friend and family who have lost homes or loved ones to this terrible and surreal disaster and those who are still (like all of us) watching so closely all fire updates, maps and air quality alerts. No one is not affected, I just can’t believe it. I’ve been seeing this slogan on hand made posters and it’s perfect: “The love in the air is thicker than the smoke”. #sonomastrong #tubbsfire #sonomacounty #sonomacountyfire #sonomacountystrong