SAVE THE DATE!
The Sacramento Chapter is very excited to announce the annual Silent Auction on Thursday, October 27, 2016, from 5:30 - 9 p.m. at McClellan Conference Center. Enjoy a fun-filled evening including dinner, raffles, silent auction, live auction, and a chance to win $500 cash with a special raffle. The event is open to everyone - so bring your colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family.
This event is our biggest fundraiser of the year with the money raised going toward the chapter's educational and scholarship fund as well as supporting a local Sacramento charity, Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE).
If you would like to donate to the Silent Auction, please see the pledge letter and pledge form on our website:
We look forward to seeing you there!
July Program Summary
During our July chapter meeting, we had the opportunity to learn about California's laws and rules with respect to the use of beer and wine as gifts at meetings conducted by government (aka nonprofit) organizations. Matthew Seck, Supervising Agent in Charge for the Sacramento/Redding Office at the California Alcoholic Beverage Control, provided statutory citations, definitions, and information about permits and licenses required in different scenarios such as Silent Auctions, raffles, and private parties. He also touched on transportation considerations with respect to shipping alcohol across state lines. We became aware of these laws, and Mr. Seck, when he gave a similar presentation at the MPI Sacramento/Sierra Nevada (MPISSN) Chapter's workshop last March.
The bottom line is IF there is "consideration" involved, it cannot be done, without a special permit. "Consideration" means: a transaction whereby, for any consideration, title to alcoholic beverages is transferred from one person to another. For example, our chapter's fundraisers include some sort of participation fee and this would be a "transaction with consideration." Calling something a participation fee, a raffle, or even a donation, does not change the legal definition, Mr. Seck stated.
When one conducts such an event at a venue that already holds a liquor license, it is normal to have that entity "relinquish" their license for THAT particular space where the organization is conducting its raffle. According to Mr. Seck, they process 500-700 relinquish requests a month. WOW!!
While he shared many points based on "hypothetical" situations asked by the audience, here is some key information from his presentation:
* If one has a no host bar, and are auctioning things that include alcohol, one needs a license and the venue holding a liquor license would need to "surrender" the area where beer/wine are displayed.
* Any event that has an Auction that includes alcohol requires a special daily ABC License.
* Online bidding solely for alcohol needs a specific auction license. (Public TV stations get this type of permit for 30 days). Otherwise, a general license would only be good for one day. Transactions (e.g. bidding/awarding) must be completed in one day.
*Only licensees, such as wineries, are allowed to transport beer/wine from California.
*There is no such thing as a "licensed bartender" at this time, but new legislation is pending.
*Only one auction, per nonprofit organization is allowed per year. This is based on an organization's 501c3 determination letter.
*The penalty for not having the appropriate license could include a citation/fine of up to $1,000 for multiple parties associated with the event including the host organization, contract planners, the venue and the caterer.
Handouts include forms and information sheets that are available on the ABC Website:
*ABC 221 INSTR: Instructions for Obtaining a Daily License
*ABC 221: Daily License Application/Authorization
*ABC 525: Caterer's Permit information
*ABC 532: Information for Special Daily Licenses
*ABC 543: Information for Daily On-Sale General Licensees
*Business and Professions Code, Division 9 Section 23000-25762
*California Code of Regulations, Title 4, Division 1, Article 16 Section106