Clinic Ole Chili Ball: Calling All Wine Country Cowboys and Cowgirls

Green Chile in Wine GlassIt’s party time, as the Clinic Ole Chili Ball is back!  On Saturday, August 24, between 4:30 and 9:00 pm you have the chance to revel in Chili Dishes created by professional chefs, Premium Wines crafted by local winemakers, and toe-tapping Music brought to you by The Silverado Pickups.  This fun annual fundraiser will take place under the majestic oaks at Charles Krug Winery (2800 Main Street, St. Helena) and the Chili Ball benefits Community Health Clinic Ole, a nonprofit organization which provides high-quality medical and dental services for one in six Napa County residents.

Tickets for the Clinic Ole Chili Ball are $75 per person in advance (until August 21) and can be purchased here.   Tickets will also be available at the door for $95 per person (but not if they sell out, so just go ahead and buy your tickets now).  Children are welcome to attend, with admission only being $10 for children ages 7-14, and children 6 and under are free.  When you buy your event tickets, you may want to add on a Raffle Ticket because if someone’s going to win the prizes of Seven Nights in Maui, or Sipping and Sailing on the San Francisco Bay, why not you? 

2013 Clinic Ole Chili Ball – Wineries and Chefs

Darioush Winery

Darioush Winery

There will be over 30 wineries to enjoy at the 2013 Clinic Ole Chile Ball including Beringer Vineyards, Dalla Valle Vineyards, Darioush, Dominus Estate, Duckhorn Vineyards, Heitz Wine Cellars, Honig Vineyard & Winery, Jaffe Estate Wines, Narsai David Estates, Pavi Wines, Renteria Wines, Rombauer Vineyards, Rutherford Grove Winery, Silver Oak Cellars, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Stony Hill Vineyard, Temple Family Vineyards, Terra Valentine, and Turnbull Wine Cellars.

Celadon Restaurant

Celadon Restaurant

But let’s remember the star of the evening: Chili.  These are the chefs you can expect to try samples of chili and chili-inspired dishes from on August 24:

Stony Hill Vineyard LogoAt the Clinic Ole Chili Ball you’ll also be able to enjoy tacos grilled by Mike Chelini and the Stony Hill Gang.

Clinic Ole: Past, Present and Future

Clinic Ole in Napa

Clinic Ole Health Center in Napa

Community Health Clinic Ole (Clinic Ole) was founded in 1972 to provide health care for low-income, uninsured individuals in Napa County.  Today, Clinic Ole is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and the only nonprofit community clinic in the County.  They provide medical care (including behavioral health services) to about 25,000 patients annually and their prenatal services support the healthy development of approximately half of Napa County’s newborns each year.   In addition to operating clinics in Napa, St. Helena, and Calistoga, Clinic Ole also provides weekly services at local homeless shelters and oversees a clinic for Napa Valley College students.

Since it began, the family of Clinic Ole providers has expanded to include:

·         Sister Ann Dental Clinic –  bringing dental services to people of all ages through offices at both ends of Napa Valley.

·         Healthy Moms and Babies – a Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program offering educational services, dietary counseling, gestational diabetes care, and breastfeeding support.

·         Napa Obstetrics and Gynecology Medical Group – women’s health care providers offering well woman exams, family planning, maternity care, and menopause counseling.

Sister Ann Dental ClinicLooming changes in healthcare are going to significantly impact Clinic Ole: the current phase-down of California’s Healthy Families program, an upcoming expansion of the State’s Medi-Cal program, the evolution of the Path2Health County Medical Services Program, and the January 2014 launching of the federal Exchange program (locally called Covered California).

Healthy Moms and BabiesClinic Ole has been preparing for these changes by continuously improving the quality of care provided and ensuring a volume of staff and resources to meet patients’ needs. This year, they added five additional medical providers to staff: two Family Physicians, two Pediatri­cians and one pediatric Nurse Practitioner. In preparation for the introduction of Covered California on January 1, Clinic Ole will be adding a Patient Services Department to help individuals and families determine which plans are available to them and then assisting them with the enrollment process.


As you can see, Clinic Ole has an important and worthwhile mission and we highly encourage you to support their efforts.  So come on over, follow this link, buy tickets to the Chili Ball, and then go eat, drink, and dance to your heart’s content.  While you’re ordering your tickets, go ahead and follow this link to hear a sample of The Silverado Pickup’s “Wine Country Cowboy.”  

Clinic Ole Community Health LogoIf you won’t be able to attend the Chili Ball, but would like to make a donation, you are welcome to charge a donation to your credit card through this link to the Clinic Ole Foundation, or you can send a check to the Foundation at 1141 Pear Tree Lane, Suite 100, Napa, California  94558.  If you have any questions about Clinic Ole or the Chili Ball, please feel free to call (707) 603-7104 or email


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