Press Release: Local fundraiser more than just “Desserts, Purses, & Cocktails”

February 26, 2020

Linda Jacobs
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Katelyn Willoughby-Bagley
Director of Marketing & Communications

Local fundraiser more than just “Desserts, Purses, & Cocktails”

Annual event supports volunteerism and the nonprofit community in Sonoma County

SANTA ROSA, CA – On Saturday, February 22nd, 140 engaged community members gathered at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts to support Volunteer Center of Sonoma County’s + Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership’s (CVNL’s) 5th Annual Fundraiser, “Desserts, Purses, & Cocktails.” Attendees included local business representatives, donors, and board and staff, who enjoyed an evening of savory bites, delicious desserts, high-fashion purses, and handcrafted cocktails.

The event raised $124,305 which will support pivotal programs and services, that have expanded since the Volunteer Center and CVNL merged in 2019. Funds raised will benefit well-known programs like Secret Santa and the Human Race, and also support new offerings such as the Excellence in Leadership Program and Sonoma County’s new volunteer matching portal, “Sonoma County Volunteers.”

“Our partnership has already yielded great results in the community,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO. “We’ve leveraged our collective resources to enhance and expand mission delivery to meet the growing needs of nonprofits and volunteers, including new leadership training and workshops, the launch of a volunteer matching technology, and a revitalized Membership Program with new benefits.”

The event featured a wine wall, raffle, appetizers, desserts, silent auction lots, a live auction, and a fund-a-need.

Montgomery Village served as Presenting Sponsor. Platinum Sponsors included Kaiser Permanente, Exchange Bank, Redwood Credit Union, and Sonoma County Builders. Gold Sponsors included St. Joseph Health, Western Health Advantage, Anderson Zeigler, Community First Credit Union, Carle Mackie Power & Ross, LLP, The Greenspan Co./Adjusters International, and Craig and Judy Schulz. The Volunteer Center + CVNL encourage those who could not attend the event to watch their fund-a-need video at and make a donation at

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About CVNL and VCSC: Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) and Volunteer Center of Sonoma County (VCSC) joined forces on July 10, 2019 to better meet the growing needs of nonprofits in Northern California. For over 50 years, CVNL and VCSC have advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation, and empowering individuals in their communities. Passion alone isn’t enough when it comes to creating strong nonprofits. That’s why we work with aspiring and established leaders every day to help them build the skills and connections that can take their impact to the next level. Together we offer comprehensive programs that support nonprofits and volunteers including training, executive search, customized consulting solutions, volunteer matching and services, and corporate engagement. Heart of Marin™ and Heart of Napa™ events support nonprofits of every size and mission through recognition and cash awards. Other programs and services include the Sonoma Human Race, Secret Santa, Court Referral Program, and Volunteer Wheels. We provide disaster preparedness training and serve as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties in the aftermath of a disaster. We believe that with confident and prepared leaders, our nonprofits will be better equipped to create healthy, happy communities. Visit to discover more.