Delicious food, some of the finest wines from throughout Northern California and your favorite Sharks celebrities! It is no surprise that the Sampling with the Sharks presented by Citrix wine tasting fundraiser is one of the Sharks Foundation’s most popular and successful fundraising events each year.
On Thursday, March 5, the complete San Jose Sharks roster, coaches, broadcasters, and nearly 300 Sharks fans and Foundation supporters enjoyed an evening of wine and mingling all in the name of charity.
Thanks to the outstanding financial contributions of the fundraiser’s Presenting Sponsor, Citrix, the event Splash Sponsor, SAP, and all the participating guests, $120,000 was raised for the Sharks Foundation with partial proceeds benefiting the San Jose Rotary Club’s philanthropic project, Rotaplast International. This is the most money raised by this fundraiser since its inception.
The event included incredible live, premier and silent auctions featuring one-of-a-kind experiences and memorabilia. The Napa Valley Experience with the Burns package included in the live auction, which consisted of a day of VIP tasting and tours at premier Napa wineries with #88 Brent Burns and his wife Susan, brought in an outstanding $20,000 alone!
Other packages included a food and wine paring evening with #44 Marc-Édouard Vlasic and his wife Martine, a pair of iconic Candlestick seats, and a custom reverse acrylic painting featuring #19 Joe Thornton.
The Sharks Foundation would like to thank event partners Joseph George Wines, Club Auto Sport, and all the participating wineries who came out with their best wines, as well as the event Splash Sponsor, SAP. A very special thank you to the Presenting Sponsor, Citrix, who continues to support the Foundation and this event year after year.
Thanks to all the players, coaches, and broadcasters who attended the event, and, of course, to all the guests who joined that evening to support the Sharks Foundation.
With continued support and increasing interest, Sampling with the Sharks is sure to grow into the Sharks Foundation’s highest grossing fundraising event of each hockey season.
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