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Pure Mendo Celebration


New 2013 photos will be coming soon!


Pure Mendocino® is a celebration benefiting the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County. The 9th annual organic, locally sourced dinner was held at Paul Dolan's Biodynamic Dark Horse Vineyard above the Talmage Bench on Saturday, August 24th, 2013.

9th Annual Pure Mendocino® Organic Dinner & Farm Tour
Benefits Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County 

Ukiah, CA—On August 24, 2013, over 250 gathered to support the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County (CRCMC) at their 9th Annual Pure Mendocino Organic Dinner at the scenic Dark Horse Ranch on Old River Road in Ukiah. Pure Mendocino has become a don’t-miss attraction for supporters of both CRCMC and the organic agriculture movement. This year, the contributions of 255 guests and 40 volunteers enabled CRCMC to announce preliminary net figures of more than $70,000, the most the event has ever raised.  

Pure Mendocino was created to help fund CRCMC’s support for people facing cancer, while simultaneously raising awareness of how choices in food and farming practices can make a difference in the quality of our lives and the lives of our neighbors.

“Pure Mendocino is a unique celebration of life and hope that has been supporting the efforts of the Cancer Resource Centers for the past nine years,” Sara O'Donnell, CRCMC Executive Director said.

As in previous years, Pure Mendocino featured local, organic food and wine, a silent auction, and lively entertainment. This year, chef Olan Cox of Mendough’s Catering and Wood Fired Pizza assembled a team of friends and colleagues to delight the palettes of CRCMC supporters with fresh local wild salmon and vegetables sourced from Mendocino County organic farms. Local wineries donated perfectly paired wines.

A beautiful blend of folk, blues and country music by The Real Sarahs welcomed guests as they arrived, and after dinner, guests danced late into the evening to music by the legendary Rick Estrin and the Nightcats.   

CRCMC board member Jendi Coursey spoke to guests, sharing her reasons for supporting the organization. She said, “As a mother of a cancer survivor, I can tell you that a cancer diagnosis puts you in a very lonely place. No matter how many people you have in your life, you suddenly feel desperately alone. The Cancer Resource Centers help people with whatever they need, emotionally and practically.”

Coursey explained that the professional staff at CRCMC are experts in patient navigation, helping people understand their treatment options and assisting them in finding their way through the complicated health care bureaucracy. CRCMC also provides emotional support via support groups. And sometimes the difference between getting treatment and not getting treatment is as simple as getting a ride to see a specialist. CRCMC facilitates this type of support, too.

Founded in 1995, CRCMC is a nationally-recognized grassroots organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those facing cancer in Mendocino County. As the first freestanding cancer resource center between Marin County and the California-Oregon border, CRCMC provides services free of charge from offices located in Ukiah and Mendocino, to more than 400 Mendocino County residents a year to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. CRCMC welcomes your calls, visits, and donations. Call 707 467-3828 in Ukiah or 707 937-3833 in Mendocino.

“Pure Mendocino® is an exploration and celebration of the healthy community created around our region’s organic and Biodynamic farms, vineyards and ranches,” said Sara O'Donnell, Executive Director of the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County. “It’s a unique celebration of life and hope that has educated the public while supporting the efforts of the Cancer Resource Centers,” she said.  "100% of all monies raised are used to provide ongoing services at no cost to those facing cancer in our community."
For more information please call 707-937-3833

Rick Estrin & the NightcatsThe music was Rick Estrin and the Nightcats. Rick Estrin was awarded the Blues Foundation’s prestigious Blues Music Award for Best Harmonica Player at the 34th annual BMA event in Memphis, TN in May, 2013.


If you would like to become a Pure Mendocino® Sponsor, please either download the Sponsor Form, or email at maryann@puremendocino.org


KOZT signed on as our 2013 media sponsor.





Our 2013 Pure Heart Sustaining Circle Sponsors: ($2500 and up)
Westport Hotel
Dark Horse Vineyards
Golden Vineyards
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Our 2013 Pure Heart Sponsors for Organic Dinner: ($1250 to $2499)
Frey Vineyards

Jim Flaherty




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The Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County is a grassroots organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life for those in Mendocino County faced with cancer.