Two of the most generous citizens of the Napa Valley--Louis, better known as "Bob," and Evalyn Trinchero--received honorary Doctorates in Philanthropy from Pacific Union College on Thursday, May 15, during the college's annual Awards Chapel. The couple received a standing ovation as Bob tearfully accepted the honor, saying it was one of the best moments of his life.
Pacific Union College President Richard Osborn thanked the Trincheros for their contributions to the community, and specifically for a special donation to the college last year--a child care center in St. Helena valued at $2.1 million. After witnessing the lack of good child care for their own employees and for the broader Valley, the Trincheros teamed up with Pacific Union College, who was already successfully operating Discoveryland Preschool in Angwin, and gave life to the St. Helena Discoveryland Preschool, located on 995 Adams Street.
During the awards ceremony, President Osborn addressed why a Seventh-day Adventist Christian college known for teaching abstinence would honor one of the most successful vintner families in the country. "We believe in thanking those who have put their personal and corporate fortunes to
work in making communities a better place for citizens to live," said Osborn. "Bob and Evalyn Trinchero are among the best representatives of giving back to the Valley where they found business success never asking for any recognition but getting their greatest satisfaction in seeing a
higher quality of life for all of us."
Bob is chairman and chief executive officer of the Trinchero Family Estates which owns and operates Sutter Home Winery. He is also a member of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation Board and is currently chair of the hospital's Endowment Campaign. Evalyn was an active partner in the
family business until 1985, when she retired to focus on her home, children, grandchildren and passion for philanthropy.
Beyond financial contributions, Bob and Evalyn have given their time and personal resources to bolster important community services, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Napa, the Napa Valley Opera House, the St. Helena Public Library, and the St. Helena Fire Department.
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