Napa Valley Festival del Sole announced a record breaking setting following the conclusion of its 10th season. Over the ten day event, the festival welcomed more than 10,000 people to 60 events at nearly 40 locations throughout Napa Valley. One hundred-fifty wineries, hotels, resorts, theathers, and restaurants took part in the Festival del Sole.
The Gala at Meadwood Napa Valley raised a record $1.6M, with proceeds supporting the free and low-cost concert opportunities for local residents as well as Napa County public school arts education programs. This year’s Fund A Need raised $430K, more than double from last year, and will help establish an arts education fund in honor of longtime festival board member Margrit Mondavi.
The guests at the Gala were treated to a private concert by Kevin Spacey and a surprise appearance by singer Patti Austin.
The highest bid of the night was $250K for the Founder’s Lot: Cuba Libre, a dinner with Gloria Estefan in Miami followed by a trip to Cuba with festival co-founder and president Rick Walker and his wife Karen.
Make sure to mark your calendars, as Festival del Sole returns next year from July 14-23, 2016.
Festival del Sole, now named “Festival Napa Valley,” has put Napa Valley on the map as a top destination. The annual summer festival blends the world’s finest classical, jazz, opera, theater, dance, wine and culinary, in Napa’s most iconic places.
Festival del Sole is presented by Napa Valley Festival Association with IMG artists.