October 9, 2020

 2020 California Wine Classic

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Northern California Chapter

Join us for an event you will remember with prestigious Northern California wineries, exclusive auction packages and an inspiring program as you help further the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's mission to find a cure for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis.

Schedule of Events

6:00-7:00 PM
VIP Reception

Early access to premier wine tasting, and silent auction

7:00-8:00 PM
Wine Reception

California vintner tasting, and silent auction

8:00-9:30 PM
Seated Dinner

Three course seated dinner in the main ballroom, honoring the 2020 Champions of Hope and the 2020 Catalyst for Mission Advancement Honoree. There also will be an engaging live auction.

Attire is black tie optional


757 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Ways to Get Involved


Event Sponsorship is the perfect way to showcase your company, business or brand to an exclusive audience all while supporting a valuable cause. View sponsorship opportunities here


Table Hosts are a great way to get your community or company involved in a cause you believe in! Enjoy 10 VIP tickets per table, and a champagne toast before dinner. Purchase your table here


Winery sponsors gain excellent exposure among the wine enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area. Winery sponsors pour tastings for guest at the reception and are also invited to sponsor wine pairings with dinner.

View vintner opportunities here.

Purchase Tables or Tickets



Each year the California Wine Classic honors individuals that have made an impact in the lives of children and adults with Crohn's Disease & ulcerative colitis. Tables are currently on sale.  If tickets are available they will go on sale in January 2020.  


Table Host


Share your passion for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s mission and invite your friends and family to be a part of the 23rd Annual California Wine Classic. You and nine of your guests will enjoy the evening starting at 6:30, sipping from wines from all over Northern California while you bid on unique auction packages an hour before general ticket holders. You’ll have the undivided attention of the vintners and be able to head back for seconds (and thirds)!

New this year, as a table host, you will be connected with your winery host before the event. Starting in January, you will have the opportunity to choose the vineyard that you would like to be at your table. This gives you the opportunity to become familiar with your table’s winery host(s) and their delectable wine. This is based on first come, first serve, so buy your table NOW to ensure you are partnered with your favorite winery!

Table Host Benefits include
***One table with 10 VIP Tickets to California Wine Classic on April18th
***Exclusive Concierge Check-in

***4 Tickets into the Champagne Lounge
***2 VIP Event Bags
***10 Tickets to after event soiree
***Wine tasting for 4 with table vineyard before/after the event
***Opportunity to name your table
***Recognition by name in the program, website and night of event.

VIP Tickets


Patrons who would like to build a table of 10 for family and friends. Please send names of the guests that you would like to join you to Wendy Royston-wroyston@crohnscolitisfoundation.org. This will ensure that everyone will be seated together. 

This VIP ticket level provides the opportunity to enjoy the evening starting at 6:30, sipping from wines from all over Northern California while you bid on unique auction packages an hour before general ticket holders.


There is NO table host no Winery seated at this table.

Patron Ticket


General individual tickets are limited to 2 at time of purchase. Please consider becoming a table host or purchasing VIP tickets when more than one couple is desiring to be seated together. There is no guarantee that more than one couple will be seated together at a table.

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Can't attend but would like to donate to support the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation’s mission to find a cure for Crohn's & ulcerative colitis and improve the quality of life for children and adults today? Make a 100% tax-deductible donation by clicking the button below or calling us at (415) 356-2234




Each year the California Wine Classic honors individuals that have made an impact in the lives of children and adults with Crohn's Disease & ulcerative colitis.

2020 Champion of Hope-Mark Lehmann

Mark and Kerri Lehmann moved to San Francisco from Chicago 28 years ago, thinking that they would stay for two years. Three grown children and basically a lifetime later, they now consider themselves true San Franciscans. Mark and Kerri have been very involved with all of their kid’s schools as well as many philanthropies over their years in SF. They are known by many for their commitment to making San Francisco a stronger community and a better place to live.


Mark grew up in Chicago and New York and got his undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois. Mark then went straight to NYU Law School earning his JD in 1986. After three years practicing law, the Lehmann's gambled on a career change for Mark and a move across the country. Mark spent his formative career years at Montgomery Securities and Banc of America Securities and is currently the President of JMP Securities, a San Francisco based investment bank. Mark has also been very involved with Temple Emanu-El, where he was an active board member for the last nine years most recently its’ Vice President. 


Mark’s involvement with Crohn’s and Colitis is personal. Initially diagnosed with IBD in 1991, Mark has spent the last 29 years battling various stages of the disease. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2006 and thanks to Uma Mahadevan, our fellow honoree and Mark’s doctor, his disease is currently being managed better than ever. However, even with the best medical care there are days that are not easy and Mark is committed to making sure that everyone impacted by these diseases are able to get better medical care and treatments.


Kerri grew up in Minneapolis, and attended college at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She worked in advertising for many years before starting her own fine diamond jewelry business, Rocks with Soul. Her business is designed not only to put women in the chicest fine diamond jewelry but also to give back to local charities. In the 13 years since founding Rocks with Soul, her business has given back close to a million dollars to charity. Kerri was very involved with Katherine Delmar Burke’s, Town and Marin Academy and has been on the board of Jewish Family and Children’s services for the last nine years. In that time, she founded the Dream Team which is a program that helps women who are victims of domestic abuse. She currently is JFCS board development chair.


The Lehmann’s were introduced to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation by their very good friend Jan Reicher, who made it clear that getting involved and playing a part in finding a better future for Crohn’s and Colitis patients was not an option but rather a responsibility. Little did they know that they would become the honorees for this incredible organization. They are both honored and excited to play a role in helping people like Mark; people like your brother, sister, mother, father, best friend or colleague; to have a life where their disease does not define them.


Please donate                  help them in making a difference. 

The 2020 Catalyst for Mission Advancement Honoree

Dr. Uma Mahadevan

Uma Mahadevan completed a medical degree at the State University of New York in Brooklyn. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, a fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a fellowship in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Mahadevan currently serves as Professor of Medicine at UCSF, Clinical Services Chief for Gastroenterology, and Co-Director of the UCSF Center for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease and Director of the IBD Fellowship.


Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine as a Diplomate in internal medicine and gastroenterology, Dr. Mahadevan is a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association, for whom she is a Chair for the Clinical Immunology, Microbiology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IMIBD) Section and Chair of the AGA National IBD Parenthood initiative. She is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology and serves on the Educational Affairs Committee and as a member of the Advanced IBD Fellow Curriculum Committee.  She is currently Chair of the Crohns Colitis Foundation Clinical Research Grants committee, a member of their National Scientific Advisory Committee and Taskforce on Women in IBD, and co-chair of the annual Crohn’s Colitis Congress.


Dr. Mahadevan is a special section editor for the journal Gastroenterology and an editorial board member and reviewer for several journals. Dr. Mahadevan has published original articles, abstracts, editorials, and invited reviews in such peer-reviewed journals as Gastroenterology, American Journal of Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, and Gut along with several book chapters.  


Dr. Mahadevan specializes in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and pouchitis. She has a particular interest in pregnancy and fertility in IBD, as well as in clinical trials of experimental therapy for both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Her current projects include a national prospective registry of pregnancy outcomes and drug safety in women with IBD on immunosuppressive and biologic medications (PIANO), clinical trials in biologic therapy for IBD, and the impact of nutritional interventions in the management of IBD.

Please donate                  to help  her continue her research.


2020 Wine Committee Chair and Members


2020 California Wine Classic Chair

Elyse moved to San Francisco with her family in 2002 from Boulder, Colorado. She is originally from Los Angeles where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Paralegal Studies. Her parents were involved in the entertainment industry as were a number of her other relatives. She is the proud parent of Zak, a Chicago based artist, and Zoe who is a human resources professional here in San Francisco.

Approximately six months ago one of Elyse’s family members was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. While this wasn’t the easiest diagnosis to hear, it was relief to be able to seek appropriate treatment for her loved one. Elyse was familiar with the work done by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation from her good friend Jan Reicher. Upon hearing this news, she immediately called Jan to see how she could get involved.

Elyse has been involved in development and fundraising as she previously worked for Brandeis Hillel Day School, Jewish Community High School of the    Bay, The Jewish Community Federation’s Gift of Israel program and Congregation Emanu-El, in a variety of roles both as a member of the staff and a volunteer. Over the years Elyse has volunteered for countless local agencies. She really likes to be actively engaged in soliciting donations for charitable organizations. She also loves to roll up her sleeves and do such things as preparing meals for at risk youth, and homeless adults in the community. She is very involved member of Congregation Emanu-El. If asked to help, she always says yes.


 Click                    to make a donation in honor of  Elyse!

Danielle Abecassis
Zoe Blatt
Kristina & Wick DeYoung
Margo Maxey
Brooke Nelson
Deanna Nguyen
Jan Reicher
Rhett Rosen
Adam Michael Royston
Biana Shikhman


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​Email: wroyston@crohnscolitisfoundation.org

​Phone: 415-356-2235


5 Third Street, Suite 815

San Francisco, CA 94103

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

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