Dinner at the Ranch


Dinner at the Ranch
October 7, 2017

Connolly Ranch’s annual fundraiser, Dinner at the Ranch benefits the 10,000 children and adults served by Connolly Ranch each year. Guests are invited to don festive farm wear for a family-style, farm-to-table feast. Dine under the canopy of Connolly Ranch’s Bay grove, enjoy unique and exclusive live and silent auctions and dance under the stars to live music.

Proceeds from the event will support Connolly Ranch, Napa’s only working farm dedicated to connecting kids and families to nature through farm-based education. A rich reminder of Napa’s agricultural past, Connolly Ranch supports the Napa community through subsidized field trips, camps, classes, events and workshops.

Tickets are $175
Sponsorship (learn more) – $500 – $5,000

$100 of each ticket is tax-deductible. Proceeds benefit the children and families served by Connolly Ranch.

If you would like to support our annual fundraiser as a sponsor, donor, volunteer or committee member, please contact Jennifer at (707) 224-1894, jennifer@connollyranch.org. 

To learn more about the work we do at Connolly Ranch, check out our 2015 Annual Report.

Our 2016 event was made possible by generosity of our sponsors, donors and volunteers:



The Doctors Company
FARM Napa Valley
Kelly Family Vineyards
Marketplace Magazine
Model Bakery
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Renteria Wines
Truchard Vineyards
Gasser Foundation
Mechanics Bank
Shanahan Orthodontics
Wine Valley Insurance
Cooke Orthodontics 

Per Casey
Karla Coleman
Csilla Kato
Sarah Mitchell Hansen
Sarah Pursell
Denise Renteria
Michele Truchard

Barbara Balik
Andy Beckstoffer
Eileen Chiarello
Harold Kelly
Barbara Nemko
Jennifer Putnam
Leona Rice
Gladys Thacher

Gene Kelly, Chairman of the Board
Sarah Pursell, Vice Chair
Kris Cosca, ED.D
Jeff Dodd
Sarah Mitchell Hansen
Elizabeth Healy
Denise Renteria
Arthur Roosa
Michele Truchard


Dinner at the Ranch - banner with date and barn

  Dinner at the Ranch 2015 was a record-breaking success thanks to you!

A field-to-fork feast prepared by Lucy Chef Victor Scargle, Napa’s finest wines, live music by C4INC and unique live and silent auctions plus a Fund-a-Need auction led by auctioneer Fritz Hatton highlighted our Dinner at the Ranch on September 19, 2015.

View the photo gallery with images from Lori Paladino Photography from this exciting event on the farm! More here!

Thank you for being part of a monumental night for Connolly Ranch as we celebrated our fifth annual Dinner at the Ranch. With your help, we raised a record-breaking $160,000, which will allow us to subsidize all our programs and provide free community events for an entire year.

Plus, we raised funds specifically for the following 2016 developments:

  • Launch all-ages heritage poultry programming for the Beckstoffer GRAPEGROWERS Barn
  • Develop overnight survival camps to foster stewardship and leadership for pre-teens and teens
  • Offer scholarships to students and families facing challenges, including seasonal camps, early childhood education programming and Saturday programs.
  • Increase our offerings for free and 90% subsidized field trips for schools and nonprofits serving children
Because of you, Connolly Ranch continues to serve our community and its visitors by connecting people to nature and offering farm-based environmental education.
We hope to see you next year under the stars.
THANK YOU to our board, staff and volunteers whose dedication made this event a success. Our appreciation to our engaging event speakers Josh Seitchick, Jennifer Thatcher Fotherby, Andy Beckstoffer, Julie Henry, Vicki Emery and Hylah Egeland.
DINNER AT THE RANCH EVENT COMMITTEE Sarah Mitchell Hansen, Sarah Pursell, Denise Renteria, Michele Truchard, Jennifer Thacher Fotherby, Andrea Johnston, Emily Newman, Natalie Knight,
Hylah Egeland, and Bonnie Buss, Event Coordinator.
PHOTOGRAPHERS  Rob Snavely, Sakhon Nhek of Lori Paladino Photography
VOLUNTEERS Kathleen Deyling, Sara Vietti, Karla Martinez, Christina Rosenberger, Sarita Lopez, Robin Hargrove, Tom Walker, Peggy, Sebastien & Rose Bolle, Christine & John Chapdelaine, Laura Stark, Michelle Channels, Elaine Knight, Maren Groebert, and Alicia Deal.
Thank you to 2015 Dinner at the Ranch’s Generous Sponsors and In-Kind Donors






With over $130,000 raised, we will be able to provide free field trips to schools most in need and subsidized field trips to all schools and nonprofits serving children. Plus, we will launch an affordable after-school program in 2015, offer scholarships to dozens of students and families and commence our free weekly “Walk-in Wednesdays” program for everyone to enjoy the farm!

THANK YOU  Dinner at the Ranch wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and generosity of our board, staff, volunteers and donors. Connolly Ranch would like to extend a special thank you to those who went above and beyond to support our most successful fundraiser to date.

2014 Event Sponsors Accelerated Technical Training Institute The Doctors Company Farm Napa Valley The Model Bakery PG&E Renteria Wines Truchard Vineyards

Dinner at the Ranch Event Committee Holly Krassner Dawson Sarah Mitchell Hansen Denise Renteria Michele Truchard Laura Webb

Special Thanks Napa Valley Land Trust Thom Arcadi Julia Araiza Hylah Egeland Kim Duimstra Robin Hargrave Karen Kelly Natalie Knight Olivia Longstaff Kelly Longstaff Jerry Lotton Emily Newman Tom Walker

Event Coordinator Bonnie Buss

Our Auctioneer Fritz Hatton

Our Chef Chef Bob Hurley, Hurley’s Restaurant

Our Photographer Lori Paladino

Our Volunteers Cristy Kaer Dawn Lenz Elizabeth Healy Frances Anamosa Helen Bergen Jerry Lotton Julie Araiza Kathleen Deyling Kelly Longstaff Laura Stark Laura Webb Natalie Knight Olivia Longstaff Peggy, Rose and Sebastian Bolle Robin Hargrave Stacy Tuel Tom Walker

Vintners, Donors, Contributors Napa Valley and Latitude 38 ★Entertainment ★ Brigitte’s Naturally Alive ★ C CASA ★C4INC ★ Campesino Cellars ★ Celadon Restaurant ★Chateau Montelena ★ Chiarello Vineyards ★ Christine Tomlinson Photography ★ City Winery ★ Clif Family Winery ★ Connolly Ranch ★ Corison Winery ★ Domaine Chandon ★ Failla Wines ★ Far Niente Winery/ Nickel & Nickel ★ Farm Napa Valley by Michele & John Anthony Truchard ★The Fatted Calf ★ Fetch Pet Care ★ Fish Story ★Fontanella Family Winery ★ Four Cairn Vineyards ★ Frank Family Vineyards ★ Goose & Gander★ Gott’s Roadside★ Grace’s Table★ Gruppo Chiarello ★ Mark and Allison Haley ★ Sarah Mitchell Hansen ★ Fritz and Caren Hatton/Arietta Wine  ★ Hen House Salon ★ Honig Vineyard & Winery ★ Hurley’s Restaurant ★ Hog Island Oyster Co. ★ Honig Winery ★ John Anthony Vineyards ★ Judd’s Hill ★ Kale Wines ★ Kitchen Door ★ Lori Paladino Photography ★ The Model Bakery ★ Mustards Grill ★ Melanie Oberting ★ Miner Family Winery ★ Napa Organics ★  Napa Valley Center for Performing Arts at Lincoln Theater ★ Napa Valley Designated Driver ★ Neyers Vineyards ★ No. 209 San Francisco ★ Oak Avenue Catering ★ Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant ★ Oxbow Public Market ★ Pahlmeyer Winery ★ Patz & Hall ★ Play Hair Studio ★ Pilates Napa Valley ★ Sarah and Robert Pursell ★ Denise and Oscar Renteria/Renteria Wines ★ Rombauer Vineyards ★ Salon Eleven/Keli Campbell ★Shafer Vineyards ★Silver Oak/Twomey Cellars ★Silverado Resort & Spa ★ Smoakville ★ Spottswood Estate Vineyard & Winery ★ St. Supery ★Staglin Family Vineyards ★ Heidi Strong ★ Swanson Vineyards ★ Tarla Grill ★ Charlotte Temple ★ Gladys Thacher ★ Jeanne and William Thacher ★ Truchard Vineyards ★Whetstone Wine Cellars ★ Wine Country Aerials

Proceeds from the event will support Connolly Ranch, Napa’s only working farm dedicated to connecting kids and families to nature through farm-based education. A rich reminder of Napa’s agricultural past, Connolly Ranch supports the Napa community through subsidized field trips, camps, classes, events and workshops. Event sponsors include The Doctors Company, Farm Napa Valley, The Model Bakery, PG&E, Renteria Wines and Truchard Vineyards.