According to the Wine Enthusiast, a Willamette Valley wine auction raised a whopping $722,000 to help fund seasonal vineyard worker healthcare services. ¡Salud!, a premium Oregon Pinot Noir auction, “raised its highest amount since the start of the Great Recession.” On November 15, the last evening of the weekend, 340 attendees enjoyed a black-tie dinner and silent auction at The Allison Inn & Spa, which raised a record $57,000.
The 23rd annual ¡Salud! involved a weekend of philanthropic wineries that auctioned off their latest vintages, and a few generous donations from winemakers and winery owners!
“Ronni Lacroute, co-owner of WillaKenzie Estate in Yamhill, donated $30,000—the largest single donation or dollar amount received at the event. Auction items included an eight-night trip to New Zealand donated by Argyle Winery, which earned $13,000.” -Sean P. Sullivan, Wine Enthusiast
¡Salud! was founded in partnership with a group of Oregon winery owners and Tuality Healthcare of Hillsboro. It has raised more than $10 million since its inception, helping to provide healthcare to approximately 40 percent of vineyard workers in the Willamette Valley.