SUISUN VALLEY — One of Ledgewood Creek Winery’s last hurrahs Sunday was allowing Fairfield-based nonprofit Child Haven to hold one of its major fundraisers there.
The Sunday event is probably the last one to he held at the winery facility before Modesto-based wine giant E&J Gallo closes it down and only uses the surrounding vineyards.
Earlier this month, it was announced that Gallo had bought the Suisun Valley winery but agreed to honor the commitment that Ledgewood Creek had with Child Haven to hold its annual art, wine and food fundraiser there.
“We are glad that Gallo has allowed us here to fulfill the commitment,” said Child Haven Executive Director Jane Johnson.
The fundraiser started off at 1 p.m. with more than 200 Child Haven supporters invited into the winery to examine and buy the creations of more than a dozen local artists that ranged from jewelry to paintings as live music played in the background and food and drink were served.
Child Haven got 30 percent of any sales, but Johnson said that was only part of the reason for the event.
“It is a great way to bring the community out to support a cause that is tough to talk about, but is really critical and important,” she said.
“An event like this is not so much about the money,” said Child Haven Board Chairman Kevin O’Rourke, “It is about the community exposure for us.”
Child Haven succors more than 500 children a year who are victims of violence and neglect, providing them their families with therapeutic mental health and developmental services. The Fairfield-based nonprofit has been in existence since 1983.
Johnson said that while the economy is getting better, Child Haven is still seeing a huge influx of more severe case of child abuse and neglect.
This year, Child Haven plans to expand into education, working to teach more physicians and therapists how to help those young victims. There are also plans to name Child Haven’s legacy society after one of the nonprofit’s founding members, former Solano County Supervisor Jan Hewitt.