In early October of 2017, a devastating firestorm broke out in California’s Wine County just north of San Francisco. Strong winds turned a small, overnight blaze into a raging inferno, catching residents and wildlife by surprise, eventually growing to seven counties and destroying over 9,000 structures, including an entire subdivision of homes in the city of Santa Rosa.
To help North Bay residents start the process of rebuilding their communities, including many Ducks Unlimited members and volunteers, DU’s Napa Valley Chapter ran a special auction at their recent fundraising banquet to raise monies for the Napa Valley Community Foundation, which is directly assisting wildfire victims in the region.
Napa Valley Chapter Co-Chairmen Larry Brown and Paul Pagliuso were originally unsure whether to even put on the annual dinner considering the regional devastation. However, thanks to the support of the Ducks Unlimited community and the resilience of the North Bay residents, DU was able to make a $3300 donation to the Napa Valley Community Foundation.
“The support for wetlands conservation and overwhelming support for the unfortunate wildfire victims made for a great evening with the Ducks Unlimited community,” said Jim Giampaolo, the regional director for Northern California. “There is much work still to be done in the area, and we’re happy to play a small part in the rebuilding efforts.”