Thursday, November 19, 2015

Assemblyman Bill Dodd's golf tournament benefits Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity

(Originally published in the 11/19/15 edition)

   For 16 years, Assemblyman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) has hosted a golf tournament and dinner with all proceeds going to a charitable organization of his choosing. This year, Dodd has chosen the Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity as the organization to raise money toward.
   The Fairfield-based organization, an independent affiliate of the international Habitat for Humanity, was founded in 1991 and has since built 13 new homes and repaired many more in the Solano-Napa area. 
   Development Director Kathleen de Vries approached Dodd with the prospect of highlighting Habitat for Humanity that year.
   “It is my mission to put the Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity affiliate on the map in Napa,” she said. “I’ve lived in Napa for 20 years and wrote to Bill to ask if he had found a beneficiary for this event and if he would consider us.”
   Dodd accepted her offer.
   “I am pleased to designate the Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity affiliate as the recipient of this year’s event,” Dodd said in a press release. “Habitat for Humanity’s work is well-known on an international level, and the affiliate here in the Napa Valley is doing important work with families here in our own community.”
   Dodd’s annual event has raised more than $700,000 for charity organizations, including Community Resources for Children in 2013. Public Relations Consultant Natasha Biasell said that Dodd was present for the dedication of two homes on the corner of Missouri and Taylor streets in Fairfield. 
   “He attended that dedication and spoke as our assemblyman,” she said. 
   In December, Dodd will be using his event to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. All of the proceeds will go toward the organization, which it will use to continue funding its projects, including its first new home build in Napa County.
   “We’re working with the city of Napa to purchase land for the new home build,” Biasell said. 
   The organization will also be working on restoration projects for the homes that were damaged by the earthquake that hit Napa last year. 
   The tournament will be held at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, and it will feature an auction and dinner.
   “I’ve heard that in years prior, the golf tournament has been rained out,” Biasell said. “We’re hoping for great weather this year so that the tournament can take place.”
   The Habitat for Humanity staff has expressed gratitude that Dodd selected their organization for his event.
   “There are an excess of 600 nonprofits in Napa County, and we’re so delighted we are able to be one of them for his event this year,” de Vries said. 

   Dodd’s 16th Annual Holiday Party and Golf Tournament will be held Monday, Dec. 14 at the Silverado Resort in Napa, located at 1600 Atlas Peak Rd. Tickets are $75 for dinner and $175 for golf and dinner and can be purchased at For more information on the event or sponsorship opportunities, contact Renee Lawson at (707) 515-0608. 

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