Margrit Mondavi was named Citizen of the Year at the Napa Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner held on January 21, 2011 at The Meritage Resort and Spa in Napa. This festive annual gala includes dinner, a silent auction and appointments of the incoming Chairman of the Board, Ryan Gregory, the Executive Officers and the Board of Directors. Left: Margrit Mondavi
The Chamber’s Annual Awards offer a point in time to honor those significant contributors who routinely go above and beyond to support building a strong local economy and who make extra efforts to ensure that the town of Napa is a healthy, growing and inclusive community, cites a report from the Chamber.
This year the three main categories were awarded to Margrit Biever Mondavi as Citizen of the Year, Don Krieger as Ambassador of the Year and Napa Printing and Graphics as Family Friendly Business of the Year.
Margrit Mondavi has been central to the cultural enrichment of the Napa community for four decades, from promoting the introduction of art, music and cooking at the seminal Robert Mondavi Winery to her undying support of continued artistic exposure within the broader community, she has been a beacon of inspiration and philanthropy.
Her response to the award was typically understated. “My reaction to the announcement that the Napa Chamber of Commerce has given me the great honour of naming me Citizen of the Year is that I am first, totally surprised, and second honored and wondering if I really deserve this distinction. I humbly accept and thank you for your confidence.”
Longtime friend and collaborator Dorothy Salmon said, “Margrit Mondavi epitomizes graciousness, leadership, vision, courage and quiet unassuming power. She consistently gives with her heart, her soul, and her resources to make life better for people all over the world and in particular, in Napa County. She is loved and admired by many. Every day of her life she gives of herself to many worthwhile endeavours with humour and grace.”