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2011 Auction of WA Picnic and Gala – Pictorial

I can think of no greater charity events that takes place in Washington State than those that the Auction of WA wines puts on – it’s beneficiary is Children’s Hospital in Seattle and goes to aid for uncompensated care of kids. Two key events, during the summer take place on the lawn of Chateau Ste. Michelle – the barrel picnic auction as well as the Gala dinner.

Between both events, the total amount raised was a whopping $1.5 Million!

The picnic is an informal time when folks can get up close and personal with staff from the winery as well as make bids on auction items to help benefit kids. This is easily one of my favorite events of the year because it’s informal, has good food and the overall vibe of everyone at the picnic is that of letting their hair down and having fun.

2011 Auction of WA Picnic and Gala - Pictorial
Chateau Ste. Michelle CEO Ted Baseler – addressing the crowd at the picnic

Shayn Bjornhom – Director of Education: Washington Wine Commission

Sarah Bagdon – Sales Director of Saint Laurent Winery

Kristy of Bergevin Lane Winery and Tamara Newsom of Boudreaux Cellars

Jon Martinez – Rhone god of Maison Bleue

John Bookwalter – Owner/Winemaker/fit-stud of Bookwalter Wines

Dean “Nice guy” Neff – Owner/Winemaker of Nefarious Cellars

Cheryl Cardwell – Sweetheart/Tasting Room Manager of William Church

Bob “The nicest man in the world, ever and Wine GOD” Betz – Winemaker of Betz Family Winery

The event had other food, but I somehow forgot about all the rest once I found these maple-bacon lollipops – just sayin’.

Annette Bergevin of Bergevin Lane Winery

Sam Keirsey – Winemaker of Pandora Cellars with Laura Mrachek – Owner of Saint Laurent Winery


The Gala event is a formal, sit-down dinner and auction – each table has a sponsoring wine and winemaker there to talk about the wine – additionally there is life music and presentations during the dinner. At $500 per ticket, this dinner brings out the more financially affluent and really does a good job in raising money for the cause.

The purple carpet treatment, leading into the dinner tent


Here are some of the auction items available this year:

Rick and Debbie Small of Woodward Canyon

The outdoor, make-shift kitchen were all the food-magic happens for the gala dinner.

  • Bean

    I KNEW you would find those lollipops!

  • Shona

    Those maple bacon lollipops were delicious. I had fun hanging our with you on Thursday.

  • Sarah

    One of “the” most important weekends for Washington Wineries. Lot’s of fun and for such a good cause. Great article Duane, those Maple-bacon lollipops where the bomb. Yummy. :)

  • Duane Pemberton

    Regarding those Bacon Lollipops – you three are right! They were amazing! :) Thanks, Shona, for showing me those! :)