April 28- In the heart of Livermore Valley wine country, WineHike.org hosted the 5th Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction HIKE Fundraiser at the Purple Orchid Resort and Spa. Sponsored by CLIMATEC and the Pleasanton Police Officer Association, the event benefited the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and included a performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Johnny Lee Hooker Jr., tastings from five different local wineries and featured distinguished speakers sharing their personal experiences combating blood cancer.
Nearly 300 community leaders, government officials and members of the public gathered to raise funds for research to find a cure. “This is the first time I’ve come to the event, and it’s a great opportunity to work together for a very worthy cause. Leukemia and Lymphoma can happen to anyone, from any background. The music is great, the weather is fantastic and I look forward to speaking with people” said Kevin Romick, Mayor of the City of Oakley.
Sponsoring the fundraiser fits into CLIMATEC’s larger mission to improve the communities they serve. A leading provider of building technologies in a range of industries, CLIMATEC specializes in energy efficiency and enhancing building technologies. CLIMATEC’s work with the public sector often consists of helping school districts and other public entities optimize energy efficiency, allowing the resulting much- needed savings to be used elsewhere.
“Obviously this is a very important event. I’m pleased to be here as a guest of CLIMATEC, that does heroic work in the education field for energy and conservation and energy efficiency which translates into more discretionary money for our schools” said Jack O’Connell, Former State Superintendent and partner at Capitol Advisors Group. “Because of the work of CLIMATEC and the savings they realize for school districts, more resources are available for hiring additional personnel, class size reduction, computers and textbooks. It’s just really a win-win all the way around.”
The event concluded with awarding the winners of the silent auction. This year’s event raised $25,000. Event staff consisted of volunteers and nearly all auction items were provided by generous donations. Proceeds go towards blood cancer research and patient care.
To learn more about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, visit: www.lls.org