Tenth Annual "Diamonds in the Rough"
Fundraising Dinner to Fight
Please save the date for the most special Diamonds in the Rough fundraising dinner thus far: Saturday, October 15, 2011.
It was ten years ago that we first got together to fight Parkinson's disease. We held it at the Culinary Institute of America's fabulous award-winning facility here in the Napa Valley. Many of you who were there still remember the fun and fine cuisine we shared. Well, we're going back, and for a very special reason.
My late husband, Al, who battled Parkinson's for two decades, has been inducted into the Napa Valley Vintner's Hall of Fame. He's among just 30 people who have received this honor.
The magnificent Barrel Room where we had our dinner ten years ago is now the site of the Vintner's Hall of Fame. So, while we eat and enjoy our evening, we'll be surrounded by special displays about all the inductees – including Al. There is a wonderful custom bronze relief of Al that's just been unveiled in the hall.
Our dinner will be specially prepared for us by the staff of the Culinary Institute. The late Craig Claiborne, the celebrated author and food critic of the New York Times, once said, "Almost every profession has an outstanding training ground. The military has West Point, music has Juilliard, and the culinary arts has The Institute."
After dinner there will be a special treat: Pianist Daniel Pollack. Please see enclosed information for more information about this internationally renowned pianist.
When we hold our Diamonds in the Rough events here at Diamond Creek, our small space forces us to limit the number of attendees to 48 people, at $2,500 each. Because the Barrel Room at the Culinary Institute is so much larger, we can accommodate many more of you and are pleased to offer invitations at $500 per person.
Please join us for this very special night. Our nine prior Diamonds in the Rough events have raised, in total, close to $2 million for research at the Parkinson's Institute in Sunnyvale, California. Your continuing generosity has been overwhelming. Your support again this year, as we join in honoring Al's legacy, touches me in ways for which I can find no words.
With warmest regards,
For further information please call Diamond Creek Vineyards at (707) 942-6926.
About Daniel Pollack:
Daniel Pollack performed with the New York Philharmonic when he was only 9 years old and later earned worldwide recognition as a prize-winner in the inaugural and famed Tchaikovsky competition. Throughout his lifetime career, he has charmed the world with his depth of emotional projection in performances. Audiences worldwide, across five continents – North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Africa – recognize the pianism of Daniel Pollack for its signature colors in sound, coupled with over-the-edge thrilling virtuosity, giving his performances an electrifying element that catches the imagination of concert goers. Worldwide critics speak about "his astonishing pianism", Washington Post: "his dramatic tension, poignant lyricism", Diapason Magazine, Paris, France: and "his torrents of sound that turned feathery flurries of delicate sounds", Los Angeles Times. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School from the class of the legendary Rosina Lhevinne, and has held several artist faculty positions including The Juilliard School, Columbia University and Yale's School of Music. While continuing to tour worldwide, Daniel is presently on the faculty of the prestigious Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.