At the 30th annual Napa Valley Vintners' (NVV) Auction Napa Valley, more than $8.5 million was raised on behalf of nonprofit organizations supporting healthcare, youth services and affordable housing. The four-day event, which was held during the first weekend of June in Napa, Calif., included a live auction, wine tastings and lunch and dinner prepared by 16 of the top U.S. chefs. A total of 2,000 bidders and vintners attended.

(l to r) Chefs Suzanne Goin of Lucques, Los Angeles; Melissa Perello of Frances, San Francisco; Carrie Nahabedian of Naha, Chicago; and Suzanne Tracht of Jar, L.A., prepared dinner after the live auction ended on Saturday, June 5*

Auction Napa Valley, established in 1981, is an annual fundraiser hosted by the Napa Valley Vintners, a nonprofit trade association representing nearly 400 wineries in Napa Valley. To date, Auction Napa Valley has raised $90 million for various nonprofit programs.

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