Category Archives: Give

PlumpJack for Pink

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, PlumpJack is running a series of special offerings at each of our businesses. All proceeds will be donated to Stanford Cancer Center’s Survivorship program. Please join us in supporting this incredible cause! See below for our special offerings:

Balboa Cafe San Francisco- Tessa’s Cuvee by the Glass
Balboa Cafe Mill Valley- Clover Club Cocktail
MATRIXFILLMORE- Clover Club Cocktail
FARM at The Carneros Inn- Cranberry Mojito & Domaine Carneros Brut Rose
PlumpJack Café Squaw Valley- Lucy 2009 Rose of Pinot Noir
PlumpJack Wines- Bottles of Tessa’s Cuvee

For more information on specials and locations, please visit PlumpJack’s Facebook pages or

High Five!

The first snowfall of the season has officially hit the Tahoe area and our friends at Plumpjack SVI have been celebrating in style!

For the past 9 months Plumpjack Cafe SVI has hosted a drink special know as “Sid’s High Five”, a drink shared by Sid Crockett (mayor of Squaw Valley and very loyal Plumpjack patron) and High Fives Non-Profit. Each time a drink is ordered, a $1 donation is made to the foundation and this past Monday we threw a pre-party for the screening of the new Matchstick Productions ski movie ‘The Way I See It’ to present High Fives with a check. Our employees have done an amazing job selling this drink and because of their hard work we were able to donate $600 to High Fives! There was a great turnout of local pros, industry types and local yocals who all sipped beers and watched classic ski flicks in the bar and had the staff hustling around like it was the middle of winter.

The money we raised for this cause will be staying in our local community and has been given to some incredible and very appreciative people. High Fives mission is “to raise money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter

action sports community.” These guys work incredibly hard to help athletes who have been trough some very traumatic injuries get back on the snow and be able to enjoy the mountains again. Look out for other events put on by High Fives ( they are always a lot of fun and they deserve our suppport!

A special thanks to Hilary for allowing us to be the type of company that supports these type of causes and to Steve Lamb for making it happen.

This drink will be on our menu all winter, so come see us and help make a difference while sipping on a tasty cocktail (how great is that!).

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49ers and Golden State Warriors at MatrixFillmore for Celebrity Servers

On Monday, October 11, join 49ers Takeo Spikes, Patrick Willis and Travis LaBoy, Oakland Raiders’ Lamarr Houston, and special guest server Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors will be on hand to help raise money and awareness for cancer research. MatrixFillmore and Octagon Football will host a celebrity servers event to raise funds to benefit the John Ricksen Fund of the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. Bay Area professional athletes serve guests from behind the bar while signing autographs and mingling with the crowd. Autographed footballs, tickets to games, special travel packages, and sports memorabilia will be available for live auction and raffle. A portion of the proceeds from the drinks poured, 100% of any tips given to the celebrity servers, proceeds from the raffle and live auction, and any additional donations received during the event will directly benefit cancer patient treatment and research at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland.

Stop by MatrixFillmore on October 11 at 7:30pm to support the John Ricksen Fund!

“Burger for a Pint” is Back Again at Balboa Cafes!

The PlumpJack Group, in partnership with Blood Centers of the Pacific, will hold its popular “Burger for a Pint” community blood drive once again. Guests donate a pint to Blood Centers of the Pacific and receive one free Balboa Burger compliments of Balboa Cafe during the week of the donation. This September’s drive marks the 14th “Burger for a Pint” at Balboa Cafe San Francisco and the 4th “Burger for a Pint at Balboa Cafe Mill Valley”, which opened in September 2008. To make an appointment, interested donors must visit, click on the “Donate Blood” tab and enter sponsor code “Balboa-SF” or “Balboa-MV.”

Balboa Cafe San Francisco will

hold its drive on Wednesday, September 15 from 1:30pm-7pm. (3199 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA 94123). Balboa Cafe Mill Valley will hold its drive on Wednesday, September 22
from 1:30pm-7pm. (38 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94949). The Mill Valley drive is co-sponsored for the second time by The City of Mill Valley and The Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Wine For Wheels Dinner and Wine Auction Returns

Tahoe’s premier wine auction is back. World-class wine and a world-class cause await connoisseurs as Wine-For-Wheels returns to the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn Saturday, September 11, 2010, at 7pm.

The event offers a delectable four-course pairing menu as well as the opportunity to bid on highly allocated wines, rare vintage wines, and unique winery tours. Proceeds from these treasures go straight to in Nicaragua; after enabling Nicaraguan children a school in 2006, 2010 will see that each student has a bicycle.
The specialty menu and wine list can be viewed at A $75 donation gets you in the door, with seating for the delicious and philanthropic night at the Squaw Valley Inn capped at 100 persons.

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PlumpJack Walks in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

Congratulations to the PlumpJack Team who completed the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer this weekend! PlumpJack President Hilary Newsom, Kristina Jetton, Lisa Ross, Jeannie Jarnot, and Serena Wellman walked 39.3 miles in memory of Tessa Newsom and Ursula von Wyss.

Thanks to all of those who supported the team in its fundraising and spirit-raising efforts!

You can help support PlumpJack in the fight against breast cancer by purchasing a bottle of Tessa’s Cuvee from PlumpJack Wines. 100% of proceeds from Tessa’s Cuvee is donated to the Stanford Center Patient Services, Supportive Care Program. Proceeds are donated in memory of Tessa Newsom, mother of PlumpJack

Founder- Mayor Gavin Newsom- and PlumpJack President- Hilary Newsom, who lost her fight with breast cancer in 2002.

PlumpJack Presence Felt at Annual ‘Uphill Race’

Jon Grant from PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn updates us on Bill Dutton Uphill Race.

The 21st annual Billy Dutton Uphill got a heavy dose of PlumpJack as twelve employees from the Squaw Valley Inn competed in the race from the base of the Funitel to the finish at High Camp.

“It really was a fun day. I’ll definitely do it again next year,” said PlumpJack bar server Marion Rogers. Over 150 competitors ran, walked, Nordic skied, snowshoed, or found some combination thereof as they attacked the 3.2 mile course and the two thousand vertical foot rise. It was not easy. The PJ crew was led by its ladies as bar servers Alisa Heiman, Rogers, and Sara Horne swept the women’s 20-29 year old run/hike division.

“It felt great for us to sweep the girls’ division,” said Heiman. “It wasn’t as physically horrible as last year, so that was good.”

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A Good Idea- PlumpJack Supports San Francisco Community

PlumpJack GIVES– Katie Snider, PlumpJack Creative Manager, shares her story of giving with a San Francisco Not for Profit that gets out into the community…

Making a difference, one Good Idea at a time…About six months ago I got involved with a San Francisco nonprofit called A Good Idea. We spend our time serving the San Francisco community in various ways – whether through our quarterly Intentional Acts of Kindness events, our monthly direct service events serving the homeless on the streets in our community, or our plan to bring a first-of-its-kind in San Francisco, fully accredited residential high school for homeless teens called Hope Academy of Arts & Sciences, they all share one common thread… connecting people in need with people who want to help. I’m so excited to be a part of what I consider one of the most incredible nonprofits in the country, and I’m happy that PlumpJack has been so supportive of our work in the community. Chef Jose Lemus of Balboa Cafe even baked dozens of cookies for us to hand out to the homeless just weeks ago. If you’re interested in getting involved or learning more about us, visit

Want to help A Good Idea do more in San Francisco? Take 10 seconds to vote for A Good Idea to win $1 million! Visit between January 15-22. Thanks!

Philanthropic Giving in San Francisco

Check out this Nob Hill Gazette article exploring the “right way” to give in San
Francisco. “It’s easy to connect with a cause that is personal,” says

Hilary Newsom Callan, President of the PlumpJack Group. “I have lost many family members, including my mother, in 2002, to breast cancer. and not there is no turning back. I’m forever committed to that cause.”

Save The Date! May 3, 2010- 11th Annual PlumpJack/LINK Golf Classic benefitting the Northern California Cancer Center!

Deck the Hall with San Francisco Symphony

PlumpJack “Decked the Hall” last week with the San Francisco Symphony. Community businesses, schools and not for profits from around San Francisco joined together in decorating trees that lined the windows looking over Van Ness and Grove Streets. After a Tree Lighting Ceremony on Wednesday, December 3rd, children from all around the Bay Area gathered on Sunday, December 6th, to learn about holiday music from around the world. Performances, led by Conductor Randall Craig Fleischer and the San Francisco Symphony, included the San Francisco Boys Chorus, American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco Ballet Trainee Program, Chhandam Youth Company and The New Klezmorim. Proceeds from the event benefit the San Francisco Symphony and its education and community program, such as Deck the Hall Community Day, when the Deck the Hall performance is repeated free of charge for 2,000 underserved children.

Check out the photos of PlumpJack’s wine, food and vacation-inspired tree!