A Toast To Equity

Thank You for Contributing to Equity in the North State!

Thank you to all our event sponsors, charcuterie board donors and attendees. Our inaugural A Toast to Equity event could not have happened with you. Thank you! 

Over two hundred people attended A Toast to Equity. The number of individuals and organizations represented shows that issues of equity and social justice are important to the residents of the North State. 

A Toast to Equity featured awards for businesses, nonprofits, and individuals for their contributions to equity in Northern California. 

Women’s Business Center at JEDI won the top business recognition for helping women overcome barriers in business and equitably serving a client base of diverse individuals, including low-income clients, People of Color, and disaster survivors. 

The top nonprofit was Level Up NorCal, which improves and promotes the health, well-being, and advancement of ethnic minorities in the North State through education, support, and advocacy.

The top individual award was shared by Michael Burke, Executive Director of Pathways to Hope, and Andrea Curry, Data & Outcomes Manager for Empower Tehama and the Coordinator of Tehama County’s Continuum of Care. UWNC is grateful to both individuals for dedicating their careers to bettering our communities.

Other finalists included: 

Businesses: Redding Rancheria, Equilateral Coffee, and Butte Community College.         

Nonprofits: Hill Country Community Clinic, Native Roots Network, Women’s Health Specialists, and Stonewall Alliance Center of Chico.                

Individuals: Pastor Kevin Thompson with Oroville Southside Community Improvement Association (OSCIA), Emily Cunnison with Western Service Workers Association (WSWA), and Christopher Diamond with NorCal OUTreach Project. 


Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors: The California Wellness Foundation & The McConnell Foundation

Thank You to our Supporting Sponsors: Shasta Builders' Exchange, Umpqua Bank, and Win-River Resort & Casino | Redding Rancheria


Thanks to our Charcuterie Board Sponsors!

UWNC put out the call for local restaurants and businesses to win cash prizes for the most distinguished charcuterie board for an opportunity to support our event and win big! Best boards win a $500 Grand Prize and $200 for second place. Guests will cast their votes for the best board based on assortment and appearance before digging in! Thank you to all participating businesses and restaurants: 

BC Catering 
Boards by Hay 
Branch House 
Chow Charcuterie 
Cask & Cleaver Charcuterie Co. 
Country Bowl 
Licata Catering 
Oakmont of Redding 
Red Lion Three Shastas 
Westside Wines & Hops
Woodside Grill

Thank you to our wine sponsors!

Burnsini Vineyards
LaRocca Vineyards
New Clairvaux Vineyard
Old 44 Cellars


UWNC would like to thank everyone who has donated items to our silent auction from wineries and businesses across the North State. Thank you! 

A Special shout out to CHYBA's students and faculty for their thoughtful, handcrafted silent auction items. We are grateful for the impact CHYBA has on our community!

CHYBA's Mission:

“With love and respect, California Heritage YouthBuild Academy cultivates a collaborative learning community that successfully prepares young people to build the skillsets and mindsets that lead to lifelong learning and successful futures. As students earn their high school diploma and develop positive relationships, they gain the leadership and technical skills necessary for post-secondary education, successful careers, and a productive life.”