Santa Monica, Calif., March 7, 2016 – A tradition begins! The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) is excited to announce the inaugural Santa Monica-Malibu Wine Auction on Sunday, April 17 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, the event’s sponsor hotel in Santa Monica. Presented by Dun & Bradstreet, MSD Capital/Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Kaiser Permanente and Macerich/Santa Monica Place, the Santa Monica-Malibu Wine Auction will bring parents and community members together to sip, savor and raise funds for important programs for all local public school students.
In conjunction with the event, SMMEF will also host a large online auction for supporters throughout the community. The online auction will open April 6-18.
All proceeds from this event benefit SMMEF, which funds programs for every school in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. SMMEF-funded staff and programs include arts education for the district’s 4,900 elementary students, 87 instructional assistants, and enrichment grants for all 16 schools in the district. Most schools decide to use these grants to provide programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), visual and performing arts, or student wellness.
“We are thrilled to be launching this exciting event,” said Linda Greenberg, SMMEF Executive Director. “It will be a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together to enjoy the best in food and wine, while raising funds for programs in every school in Santa Monica and Malibu.”
Participating restaurants at the event will include Ashland Hill, Blue Plate, Border Grill, Caffe Luxxe, FIG, Ingo’s Tasty Diner, Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, Melisse, Michael’s, The Lobster, Upper West, Upstairs 2 and Wilshire.
Wine and spirit tastings include Ascendant Spirits, Blue Danube Wine, Eric Kent Cellars, Far Niente Winery, Hartford Court, Jordan Winery, Joseph Phelps, Justin Wines, La Crema Winery, Liquid Farm Wines, Montagna Cellars, Orin Swift Cellars, Plough Wine Group, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Stolpman Vineyards, Stonestreet Wines, Trefethen Winery, Turnbull Cellars, Union Wine Company and The Wine House.
Many local businesses are sponsoring the event through SMMEF’s Corporate Partner program. In addition to the presenting sponsors, they include 500 Broadway; Diane Dorin, Compass; DLR Group; FreeAssociates Group, Inc.; Harding Larmore Kutcher & Kozal, LLP; MINI of Santa Monica; NMS Properties, Inc.; RAND Corporation; Santa Monica Daily Press; Sir Speedy Santa Monica; Southern California Edison; Stifel Nicolaus; UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; Wells Fargo Foundation; Century West Partners, LLC; Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP; Khedr Management Company; and Southern California Disposal Co., Inc.
Auction lots include incredible experiences, jewelry, travel, gift certificates and, of course, wine. Wine lots include many of the wines listed above, plus Carabella, Chappellet, Cheateau Leoville Las Case, Dana Estate, Duckhorn, Fabiano Vineyards, Flowers, Frank Family, Graham’s, JM Cellars, Kistler, Limerick Lane Cellars, Melville, Peju, Santa Monica Brew Works, Scarecrow, Silver Oak, Sokol Blosser, Spottswoode, Twomey, Villa Creek Winery, Wrath Wines and more.
For information about sponsorship opportunities, donating to the event’s auction or participating at the event, please contact Ann Conkle, SMMEF Communications and Events Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1982 by a dedicated group of parents, community leaders, and local business owners, SMMEF raises funds to enhance and supplement the curriculum of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. SMMEF’s mission is to engage the community to invest in a vibrant educational experience for all students in the Santa Monica and Malibu public schools. SMMEF raises funds through its annual campaign, endowment earnings and special events. To learn more about SMMEF visit www.smmef.org, follow on Twitter: @smmef or like us on