2106 Central Coast Wine Classic Beneficiaries

The Central Coast Wine Classic Board of Directors is very gratified with the depth and breadth of beneficiaries for this year’s Wine Classic. This year our exciting Fund-A-Need Auction Lots, one each at Greengate Ranch & Vineyard for The Atascadero Boys & Girls Club, Hearst Castle for the Hearst Preservation Foundation and the Friends of Hearst Castle Foundation, and at the Pat Nesbitt Polo Estate for the Léni Fé Bland Performing Arts Fund established by 2016 Wine Classic Honoree Sara Miller McCune in Léni’s honor, will include the Wine Classic’s mission of sustaining the Studio Arts, the Healing Arts & the Performing Arts. We are extremely excited about the prospect of working with such extraordinarily worthwhile organizations to assist them in turning their goals into realities. From net proceeds of the Wine Classic, specific projects are funded for 501(c)3 non-pro t corporations in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties whose missions are in the Healing, Performing or Studio Arts. The Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation, established in 2004, has gifted over $2,500,000 to 125 non-profits from 2004 through 2014. We optimistically plan and hope to continue in this positive direction this August.

The following worthy beneficiaries will receive Fund-A-Need Auction Lot donation funding as determined by the Central Coast Wine Classic Board of Directors. All Funds Raised during the FAN Auction Lots are conferred upon the beneficiaries; none of the funds are used for Wine Classic expenses. Grants are bestowed in October of this year. The funds for each beneficiary are fully dependent on the success of the specific Auction Lot so designated, so please keep these nurturing and sustaining Foundations in mind as you enthusiastically bid, and please accept in advance the deep gratitude of everyone associated with this process as you manifest your altruistic embracement of the substantively beneficial missions and goals of our beneficiaries.

Hearst Preservation Foundation & Friends of Hearst Castle Foundation

The Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation

Preservation & Restoration & Support for California Parks

The Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation’s primary mission is to help preserve and restore the Hearst Castle’s twenty-five thousand artifacts, and all of them take continuing maintenance and eventually repair.

We do this so that millions of visitors can continue to enjoy this unique state park as it provides financial support to the entire California State Park System.

Individuals or corporations who sponsor single projects receive special recognition and benefits. Patrons of the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation who sponsor single projects may also receive a naming opportunity. Become a part of our restoration efforts.

We would be happy to discuss participation opportunities with you—including naming opportunities, Trusteeship, Patron sponsorships, and the use of the Hearst Castle Preservation Foundation’s badge in approved marketing and advertising. As part of your benefits, we would also be happy to discuss unique opportunities for you and your guests to enjoy areas of the castle privately.

Friends of Hearst Castle

Friends of Hearst Castle, a nonprofit cooperating association, supports preservation and interpretation of Hearst Castle, including its art, artifacts, architecture and grounds through membership, education, outreach and special events; enhancing understanding and appreciation, and thereby enriching the visitor experience.

Established in 1985, Friends of Hearst Castle (FHC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cooperating association affiliated with Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument®, and the San Luis Obispo Coast District of California State Parks. Through membership and fundraising, FHC provides funds for educational, interpretive, and artifact conservation programs and supports the District’s ongoing efforts to improve visitor services. Friends’ support helps to increase public access to, and appreciation of, this unique historical and cultural resource.

What Your Membership Helps to Provide

Living History Clothing
Historic Props on Tour
Patio Furniture for Visitor Comfort
Children’s Treasure Hunt
Volunteer Programs
School Tours
Community Outreach
Artifact Conservation

  • The Living History program and historic props, both sponsored by Friends of Hearst Castle, enrich the experience of Hearst Castle Visitors 

  • Friends of Hearst Castle supports children’s educational programs at the Castle as well as San Simeon State Park 

  • Artifact conservation is a major part of Friends of Hearst Castle’s funding program, helping to preserve the Castle for generations to come.

A Message from Lisa Adams, President of the Board of Directors of Friends of Hearst Castle

Dear Friends,

Our first year of partnering with Studios on the Park was a great success! Over 500 students were hosted to a Castle art lesson led by artist Anne Laddon, an art focused tour of the Castle and the movie Hearst Castle: Building the Dream. We are looking forward to continuing the program and increasing the number of students served in 2016. FHC also had the pleasure of providing the Cuesta College Bridge to Success summer program students to a tour, lunch and movie. This was the seventh year we have been able to give these high school students their “end of summer school” kick off event!

There are some very special volunteers in San Simeon Campground. They live in the campground and serve the happy campers by answering questions about our park and selling redwood each evening. The dedication of these volunteers is what makes our park visitors have a positive experience. Many of their daily tasks take them all over the large campground from dawn until dusk. This year FHC was able to provide a cart to help with their park duties. They can now be seen driving around the park in a brand new GEM electric utility vehicle!

We were able to participate in several fundraising events over the year. We partnered with the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in March, Studios on the Park to bring a grand finale event to top off the Paso Robles Festival of the Arts weekend, and worked with Sunset magazine’s SAVOR event to create an exciting Adventure Tour that allowed guests to enjoy an exclusive gourmet lunch by Ian McPhee in Hearst Ranch Winery’s historic San Simeon warehouse. Two other FHC events - Twilight on the Terrace and Family Movie Night - were huge successes in our fundraising efforts!

Thank you to all who attended and sponsored our events. Your support of Friends is key to our mission! We appreciate your continued support. Without our ‘Friends’ we would not be able to accomplish so much!


Lisa Adams, FHC President

Boys & Girls Club oF Atascadero

From Becky Gray, Executive Director of Must! Charities, substantive support network of the North County Boys & Girls Club:

Thank you for embracing the idea of investing in the Future Boys & Girls Club concept. Must! Charities is currently piloting a middle school aged club in the city of Atascadero. This community is unique, as the junior high does not qualify for a lot of services, as they are just under the mark of qualifying when it comes to poverty level (48% of students at the junior high qualify for free and reduced lunch, where a school of 50% or more begins to see more increased services for families in need).

As you are aware, Must! Charities invests in projects that meet the most pressing needs in our communities and we focus on local statistics, not pet projects. Every day over 15 million kids nationwide (1 out of 4) are left unsupervised after school. There are over 4,000 local youth who do not have a safe licensed place to go after school. We have done a ton of research regarding this town, and the influx of issues that continue to surface and stem out of the junior high aged kids (it’s typically where our youth begin experimental drug use, and poor decision making that leads them down paths of self-destruction and unfortunate future negative consequences). We have seen a huge increase in this community in regards to drug use, drug sales, gang activity, petty crime, etc... this community flies under the radar, however the issues that are arising from this community are rippling out and affecting all towns.

We are investing in a NEW Boys & Girls Club that would fall under the management of the North County, Paso Robles Club. One of our goals is to continue to support more Boys & Girls Clubs in more communities, however the strategic planning of opening new clubs is not one we take lightly, as the community in which it resides truly has to adopt the club concept and support it financially in order for it to be sustainable year after year. We have invested in a summer program for the past 2 years that has been successful beyond measure, and we are now ready to roll out a year round concept. The community is behind the concept and we have support from the school district, local Kiwanis club, and a few major donors. It is important for us, at Must! Charities to invest our giving dollars strategically as we don’t want to throw money at an idea and watch it go away in a few years and I’m sure you feel the same with your dollar investments.

Thank you for your thoughtful and generous support of our mission; it is most deeply appreciated...

The Léni Fé Bland Performing Arts Fund

Our Dear Wine Classic Supporter, Friend and Patron of the Arts, Sara Miller McCune of Montecito, created a special fund to honor her Dear Friend Léni Fé Bland, who recently passed just short of her 100th birthday. Léni sponsored many projects benefitting the community during her lifetime, including music, dance and theatre, as well as the thoughtful embracement of beneficial social programs. This fund is dedicated to continuing Léni’s work by supporting and encouraging student participation and exposure to performing arts programs in Santa Barbara.

The Fund will bring together performing arts organizations in Santa Barbara including the Granada Theatre, UCSB Arts & Lectures, CAMA, State Street Ballet, Ensemble Theatre, Music Academy of the West, Opera Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Symphony. The proceeds of this fund are to be utilized for bulk purchase of tickets for children to attend wonderful and age-appropriate arts performance in Santa Barbara. Pre and Post Performance educational outreach will be provided as well as transportation costs.

Sara Miller McCune has initiated the fundraising process with a personal contribution of $50,000. All funds raised through this Fund-A-Need Auction Lot will inure to the bene t of this pervasively beneficial Fund for children’s performing arts awareness, education and edification.

Santa Barbara has been blessed with the presence of many leaders who believe strongly in the sustenance of the performing arts and arts education. Please raise your paddles to support the Léni Fé Bland Performing Arts Fund. The Vision and Goal are Profoundly Nurturing!

Central Coast Wine Classic Beneficiaries History

The Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation was created in 2004 to sustain 501(c)3 foundations in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County whose missions are in the Healing, Performing and Studio Arts. From 2004 through 2014, the Foundation has granted over $2,500,000 to 125 such non-profits. The grantee list year by year follows:

The Wine Classic Foundation was able to provide substantive grants in 2004, its initial year, to the San Luis Obispo Aids Support Network; San Luis Obispo Special Olympics; the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara; San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara Public Radio KCBX and the Rhythmic Arts Project, centered in Ventura. Grants conferred in the first year of the new Foundation totaled $126,500.

In 2005, grants were conferred upon Hospice of San Luis Obispo County; the Santa Barbara County Bowl Foundation; Partnership for the Children of San Luis Obispo County; the Clark Center Association in Arroyo Grande; the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council; the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Surgical Eye Expeditions in Santa Barbara and the Fund for Vineyard & Farm Workers, founded by Brian and Johnine Talley of Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande. Grants conferred during the Foundation's second year of granting totaled $195,000.

The Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation's Board of Directors chose as the beneficiaries of the 2006 Wine Classic, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival; the San Luis Obispo Art Center; the Foundation for the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo; Big Brothers & Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County; Tree of Life Pregnancy Support Center of San Luis Obispo County; Hospice Partners of the Central Coast; Pacific Repertory Opera; the John E. Profant Foundation for the Arts in Santa Barbara; Community Counseling Center of San Luis Obispo, Caring Callers of San Luis Obispo County and the Wellness Community of the Central Coast, founded by Justin & Deborah Baldwin of Justin Vineyards & Winery in Paso Robles. Foundation grants for 2006 totaled $203,000.

The Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation chose as beneficiaries of the 2007 Wine Classic Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Central Coast Center for Arts Education, Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, Children's Health Initiative, Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, Enhancement Health & Wellness, Opera Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo Chamber Orchestra, San Luis Obispo Vocal Arts/International Choral Festival, University of California at Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures, San Luis Obispo Children's Museum, San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra and Transitional Food & Shelter. The 2007 Wine Classic Fund-A-Need Auction Lot benefitted Options Family of Services. Grants totaling $315,000 were awarded.

For 2008, the Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation Board of Directors gifted the following beneficiaries grants totaling just over $225,000, including an at the time record-breaking $82,500 to the French Hospital Hearst Cancer Resource Center from the Annual Fund-A-Need Auction Lot: Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County, Atascadero Loaves & Fishes, Cal Poly Arts, El Camino Homeless Organization, PCPA Theaterfest, Project Angels Bearing Gifts, San Luis Obispo Wind Orchestra, San Luis Obispo YMCA, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts, and Tierra Sagrada, The Sacred Earth Foundation.

For 2009, the Board gifted grants totaling $205,025 to the following beneficiaries: Community Youth Performing Arts Center of Santa Barbara; Foodbank of Santa Barbara County; Foundation for the Performing Arts Center of San Luis Obispo; Friends of Prado Day Center in San Luis Obispo; Friendship Adult Day Care Center of Santa Barbara; Gatehelp, Inc./Gryphon Society in Atascadero; Public Radio KCBX San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara Counties; Los Padres Forest Watch of Santa Barbara; Morro Bay High School Band; Paderewski Festival of Paso Robles; Santa Maria Philharmonic Society; Senior Volunteer Services of San Luis Obispo and Transitions Mental Health Association of San Luis Obispo. The total includes $67,500 from the Annual Fund-A-Need Auction Lot to fund Respite Care for the Central Coast Alzheimer's Association.

For 2010, the Board conferred grants to the following beneficiaries: Adelaida Historical Foundation, Paso Robles; Ballet Theatre San Luis Obispo; Cognitive Fitness & Innovative Therapies, Santa Barbara; Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County Adult Day Services Program, San Luis Obispo; Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo; Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles; God's Haven for Children, San Luis Obispo; Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter, San Luis Obispo; North County Dance & Performing Arts Foundation, Paso Robles; Pacific Wildlife Care, Morro Bay; San Luis Obispo County Historical Society, San Luis Obispo; Studios on the Park, Paso Robles; United Cerebral Palsy Work, Inc, Santa Barbara. The Annual Fund-A-Need Auction Lot inured to the benefit of the Senior Nutrition Program of San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo. Total grants for these worthy nonprofits totaled $245,918 for 2010.

In 2011, the Foundation Board provided grants to the following beneficiaries: Avila Beach Civic Association, The Center for Nanomedicine in Santa Barbara, Coast Caregiver Resource Center in Santa Barbara, Friends of Hapitok in San Luis Obispo, Friends of the Atascadero Martin Polin Library, Friends of the Visual Arts & Design Academy in Santa Barbara, The Link Teens at Work Program in Atascadero & San Miguel, Loaves & Fishes in Paso Robles, North County Rape Crisis & Child Protection Center in Lompoc & Santa Maria, Northern Chumash Cultural Preservation Kinship in San Luis Obispo, Poetic Justice Project in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara Master Chorale, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, The Sexual Assault Recovery & Protection Program of SLO County in San Luis Obispo, United Cerebral Palsy in San Luis Obispo and Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care in Santa Barbara. Grants totaled $236,358.01, including $114,550 conferred on the Center for Nano Medicine at the University of California at Santa Barbara, at that time, the largest Fund-A-Need in the Wine Classic’s history.

In 2012, the Wine Classic Foundation Board selected the following beneficiaries: Access for All, San Luis Obispo; Amazing Surf Adventures, San Luis Obispo; Atascadero High School Band & Pageantry Boosters, Atascadero; Conflict Solutions Center Community Mediation, Santa Maria; Jodi House, Santa Barbara; One Cool Earth, San Luis Obispo; Paso Robles Youth Arts Foundation, Paso Robles; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara Symphony, Santa Barbara; SLO Grown Kids, Los Osos and Storyteller Children's Center, Santa Barbara, with grant finds totaling $102,669. The Annual Fund-A-Need Auction Lot Proceeds benefitted the Children's Resource Network of the Central Coast in Pismo Beach in the amount of $100,000, giving a total of $217,669 for 2012.

For 2013, the Wine Classic Foundation Board chose the following beneficiaries: Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara; Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary in San Miguel; Los Osos Middle School PTSA Music Supporters; Meathead Movers Wrestling Club from San Luis Obispo; San Luis Obispo Child Abuse Prevention Council; Sansum Clinic Cancer Center in Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara Botanical Garden; Symphony of the Vines from Atascadero; Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County in San Luis Obispo and Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo. The Annual Fund-A-Need Auction inured to the benefit of MUST! Charities in Templeton in the amount of $162,000. Grants for 2013 totaled $210,500.

The Central Coast Wine Classic Beneficiaries for 2014 included the following: North County Adaptive Sports & Recreation Program in Atascadero, whose mission is to provide year-round supervised adaptive sports programs for the developmentally disabled of Northern San Luis Obispo County; Santa Barbara Dance Institute, which provides educational dance programs that help children develop discipline, a standard of excellence and a belief in themselves that will carry over into every aspect of their lives; RISE San Luis Obispo County in Paso Robles, an organization whose goal is to assist in transforming the lives of sexual and intimate partner survivors, their families and the community through education and services that promote safety, healing and empowerment; Nebula Dance Lab in Santa Barbara, whose mission is to provide a professional forum for choreographers to produce new and exciting works and provide outreach workshops to the community to encourage persons to enter the dance profession; VTC Enterprises in Santa Maria, which assists youth and adults with disabilities or other limitations in choosing and achieving their lifetime goals; Sanctuary Psychiatric Centers of Santa Barbara, whose mission is to provide a continuation of treatment for the seriously mentally disabled adults in order to prevent further hospitalization, create opportunities for community re-integration and extend a long-term safety net to ensure long term remission, while maintaining the highest treatment and professional standards; Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers in Avila Beach, which restores maintains, preserves and manages the historic Port San Luis Light Station as a historic landmark, public park and educational facility; Central Coast Follies, based in Arroyo Grande, whose mission is to raise funding for Parkinson’s Research, including the Central Coast Parkinson’s Support Group and the Parkinson Alliance, by performing creative dance for the public; Arts for Living of San Luis Obispo, which has created an Art Program for people with developmental disabilities, engaging those people with community members through inclusion in the arts, so that success-based interactions will develop immediate and long-term individual expressive and social skills; The Annual Fund-A-Need Auction Lot, which inured to the benefit of the Rona Barrett Foundation in Santa Ynez for the purpose of sustaining Senior Citizens with physical and financial challenges, raised $86,950 in an exhilarating and emotional 10 minutes! The funds will be used to create a Senior Kitchen Project, including equipment and supplies and healthful culinary programs, for low-income and orphaned senior citizens in the Santa Ynez Valley.

For 2016, the Studio Arts Beneficiaries will be the Hearst Preservation Foundation and the Friends of Hearst Castle Foundation that sustain the irreplaceable, historic Hearst Castle artifacts. The Performing Arts Beneficiary will be the Léni Fé Bland Performing Arts Fund, established by 2016 Wine Classic Patron Honoree Sara Miller McCune of Montecito. The Healing Arts Beneficiary will soon be announced by the Wine Classic Board of Directors.

*The Total Grants Conferred to the aforementioned 2014 recipients was $142,869.

Since its founding in 2004, the Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation has now conferred grants exceeding $2,500,000 to 125 San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County 501(c)3 non-profits whose missions are in the Healing, Performing and Studio Arts.