The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) was founded in 1994 by two mothers, Barbara Richmond and Peggy Ermet who each lost their only sons to AIDS, as a way to both honor their sons' memories and help raise funds for the kind of agencies who took care of their sons before they died. In 2015, REAF expanded their focus areas for funding to also include hunger programs and programs that serve and support homeless and disenfranchised youth. To date, REAF has distributed well over $3 million to over 32 local non-profits. Designated beneficiaries for 2016 to date include Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, Larkin Street Youth Services, Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, AIDS Legal Referral Panel, and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Host Committee: Ken Henderson, Skye Patterson, and Sister Roma.
The Wine Experts
Cezanne Hendricks, DWS
Educated in photography, Cezanne's first career was with the Houston Post. When she moved to California she became a production artist for a computer software company in the Bay Area. After moving to Napa Valley, she enrolled in the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) program as a way to get a leg up and learn from seasoned wine professionals. She eventually earned the Diploma of Wine and Spirits (DWS), Level 4 certification. Cezanne currently works in hospitality for Raymond Vineyards, owned by Boisset Family Estates.
Christopher is the Vice President of Communications and Guest Relations for one of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley. Other notable positions included Estate Director for Flowers Vineyard and Winery, where he was responsible for the winery’s domestic and international sales and marketing, and Brand Director for Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, managing the Napa Valley and Reserve labels.
In addition to being a Fine Wine Specialist, Ryan is a Key Account Specialist for American Wine & Spirits. From the Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Ryan has a Level 3 award in Wine & Spirits. He attended Kent State University for Liberal Arts and Journalism.
Theresa Heredia, Winemaker
Theresa Heredia joined Gary Farrell Winery team as winemaker in May of 2012. Coming off a long stint as winemaker at Joseph Phelp's Freestone Vineyards in Sonoma County, Heredia brings considerable experience working with cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and small-lot, single-vineyard wines. In early 2012 she was named “Winemaker to Watch” by the San Francisco Chronicle, reflecting her interest in wines that offer a pure expression of their vineyard site and her willingness to experiment with different winemaking techniques.
Eric is a marketing and sales professional with thirty years experience in the retail, wholesale, and producer segments of the wine industry. He focuses on sales, trade marketing management, and consumer-direct marketing for super-premium to luxury wines, both domestic and international.
David Mahaffey, Winemaker
David has been making wines in the Napa Valley for 30 years, and has been the winemaker for Heron Lake since its first vintage. His primary goals are to create wines that are balanced, elegant, and age beautifully. He thinks of himself as a craftsman with occasional lucky intuitional leaps into something like art.
Funky Town After Party Mistress Of Ceremonies
Daft-née Gesuntheit has taken San Francisco by storm in the five years of her existence. Since her inception in Galilea’s legendary show, Hayes Valley Follies, she has performed at most every other venue in San Francisco including Heklina and D’Arcy Drollinger’s hot new club Oasis, Sunday's A Drag at The Starlight Room, and Dottie Lux’s Red Hots Burlesque at SupperClub. A tireless fundraiser, she participates in galas for the Academy of Friends; she is a Princess of the Imperial Court, a miracle worker, and shiny gem in the community.