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La Luz Center wins Cornerstone promotion

Friday, January 4th, 2013 | Posted by

The Christmas season ended in a big way for La Luz Center, grand prize winner of the nonprofit competition during Cornerstone’s Thursday Late Nights promotion.

More than 18 Sonoma Valley nonprofit organizations and several local schools entered the competition to secure votes for a prize package valued at $15,000.

Even with two of the four Thursday nights marred by rain at the Cornerstone complex, hundreds of people came to shop, attend workshops and demonstrations and dine at the new Park 121 Café – and cast votes for their favorite charitable cause.

“For us at La Luz, it became a fun challenge – we do know there are bigger and stronger nonprofits when it comes to ‘mobilizing troops,’ but we took it up with much ‘gusto!’ as we do with all of our programs and projects,” said Juan Hernandez III, executive director at La Luz Center.

“We certainly appreciate Cornerstone’s creative initiative, encouragement and support.”

La Luz Center assists the Sonoma Valley community through economic, cultural and social well-being programs. It provides English language training, teaches computer skills, distributes food, hosts medical services, offers crisis counseling and supports events that celebrate the richness of the valley’s multicultural community.

The nonprofit will be able to book up to 150 guests for use of the Cornerstone facilities, including the gardens, the large tent and barn and a two-bedroom guest cottage on the night of the event.

The winning package also includes a discount on catering services at Park Avenue Catering, half off select wines from Meadowcroft Wines, up to four hours of event-planning services by Savvy Events, $2,000 worth of props and services from Artefact Design & Salvage and Zipper Gifts and $1,000 worth of floral arrangements from Tesoro Flowers.

“We want to offer our gratitude to all of the folks who came out to support Thursday Late Nights at Cornerstone,” said event coordinator Desiree Stinson, general manager at Artefact Design & Salvage.

“The objective was to create a fun, unique and exciting event where the nonprofits and local business get to experience a mutual benefit by working together.  All of us at Cornerstone are proud to be included in our dynamic and generous community,” she said.

– Dianne Reber Hart

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Dianne Reber Hart is our Sonoma correspondent.

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