Saturday, March 6, 2010

Madorom Wine Release and Auction

We were back home in Bakersfield last week for the annual MadoroM wine release and auction. Friends, Andy and Marissa Amador, hold a release of their current vintage each year in Bakersfield because they have so many fans there! They also generously include an auction at the close of the evening to benefit Small Miracles and Angioma Alliance. It is such a fun event; everyone has a great time. And as the wine flows, so does the love and generosity! This years auction raised over $117,000! The total from the last four years is approaching $400,000!! The funds raised in this auction have been absolutely essential to the success of Angioma Alliance's mission. Without MadoroM and the generosity of the donors at this event, the advances in research we are seeing today would not be possible.
Our family is forever grateful to everyone who donates to Angioma Alliance and because of these donations we are right at the edge of seeing a cure. Our donors have changed our lives. As I remarked in my speech Saturday night,
"Without the heroes in this room tonight my family's story would not have had this fortunate turn of events. You see my story has turned into our story. It is the story of how a community of caring people can directly change the future of two little boys. Just a few years ago I thought my story was one of adversity and misfortune. And it was, until so many of you entered the tale. Together we have rewritten the narrative and our story is now a story of hope. Hope conquering fear. And because of you not just my children, but so many other children will have the ability to write any story they can imagine for themselves--full of adventures and not limited by this illness."
I truly believe that because of everyone who has donated to Angioma Alliance and because of everyone who keeps our family in their prayers, Jake and Sam's future is going to look very different than we could have even hoped for when Jake was diagnosed, ten years ago. John and I just want to thank you from the very bottom of our hearts. Whether you have given $10 or $10,000, we are forever grateful for your generosity. Because together, we are changing the future of this illness one prayer and one dollar at a time!
Crates of Napa Valley MadoroM
Me with Congressman Kevin McCarthy. We used to work together for Cong. Thomas years ago, and now Kevin holds that seat! He generously came out and helped support our cause. He and Uniglobe Travel donated a Capitol Hill Experience that brought in $17,000!! And he is wearing our Angioma Alliance awareness pin.
My friend Leigh Ann who ran her bootie off running bids during the auction!
Mike Blom, the maker of this extraordinary wine!
My niece, Amanda and my mom
My sister-in-law, Liz and her friend Cheryle having a great time!
Andy and Marissa Amador the owners of MadoroM. Andy is holding the 18L of MadoroM cabernet sauvingon that they donated to the auction. These 18Ls have brought in tens of thousands over the last few years!
Andy Amador and Paula and Terry Maxwell. Paula and Terry own T.L. Maxwell's Restaraunt and Bar in Bakersfield. They donated a dinner experience where Terry will teach couples how to make each course. So fun!! And it brought in $3400!
All of the beautiful photographs were taken by my buddy, Anita Matejka. Please check out her work at You will be so glad you did!! Thanks Anita for all your hard work and everything you have done for Angioma Alliance!

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