The 2014 Sweetheart Gala & Auction honoring Dale Downing and Don Shone is sold out, so the Boys & Girls Club of Sonoma Valley is especially grateful to the community, and generous sponsors, for supporting the event honoring the prominent business partners.
It was July 20, 1969 when Dale joined Don and Sherry’s store, Shone’s Country Marketing in Glen Ellen. The two families worked side-by-side for ten years until Dale and his wife, Carole, opened Downings Market in El Verano. After eight years apart, Don and Dale merged their separate businesses and together acquired a third store, Sonoma Market. Today, Sonoma and Glen Ellen Village serve some 17,000 customers each week and employing hundreds of local peeps.
Their success has enabled them to share their good fortune with many Sonoma Valley nonprofits, including of course the Boys & Girls Club.