On October 19, about 60 enthusiastic revelers attended the 2019 Mayor’s Community Fund event at Point Molate, adding about $40,000 to the fund. Many of the attendees had never even been to point Molate before, and they enjoyed a tour of Winehaven Building 1, hors d’oeuvres by Anaviv Catering, East Brother Beer, Far West Cider, Falcon Spirits, Lou Bock Wine and Orsi Family Vineyards Wine.
My thanks to all those who sponsored and contributed and to my staff and other volunteers, especially Bobby Winston, who helped plan and set up the event.
A special treat was a history talk on the pre-Prohibition evolution of the California Wine Industry by Frances Dinkelspiel, great-great granddaughter of Isaias Hellman, award winning journalist, and author of “Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California” and “Tangled Vines: Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California.” Through the California Wine Association, Hellman controlled the California wine industry when Winehaven was built and almost single-handedly brought California into modernity.
The Mayor’s Community Fund, in partnership with the Richmond Community Foundation, is used to help fund community events, homelessness projects and youth sports and recreation programs.
Figure 1- Frances Dinkelspiel
Figure 2 - Interim City Manager Steve Falk
Figure 3 - Mayor Tom Butt
Figure 4- Winehaven Building 1
Figure 5 - The roof of Winehaven Building 1