A Conservation Weekend in Sonoma


The Big Event Gala & Auction

March 10-12th, 2023

Join us for a fun and luxurious weekend with celebrity conservationist, Ivan Carter. This will be a one-of-a-kind event in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma – all in the name of protecting wildlife and our sporting heritage.

Guests will enjoy private wine tastings at local wineries, a clay shoot at the exclusive Wing & Barrel Ranch, fireside chats with Ivan Carter and other Mzuri Wildlife Foundation grantees, The Big Event Gala & Auction on Saturday evening, and much more. There will also be opportunities to enjoy the beautiful Sonoma Mission Inn, its amenities and surrounding areas on your own.

Special Guest, Ivan Carter

Founder, Ivan Carter Wildlife Conservation Alliance

TV Host of the Outdoor Channel’s award-winning show “Carter’s W.A.R.”

Born as a Rhodesian and educated as a Zimbabwean, Ivan’s path has never strayed far from Africa’s wildlife. The great diversity of his experiences with social junctures between wildlife and people position him as one of the leading pragmatic conservationists in the world today.

Weekend Events

Kunde Family Winery

One of the most unique properties in the Sonoma Valley, Kunde Family Winery is family-owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation family members. Kunde remains committed to innovation in its vineyards and winery while maintaining a deep, personal commitment to sustainable winegrowing and preserving the land for generations to come.

photo courtesy sonomavalley.com

Deerfield Ranch Winery

Deerfield Ranch Winery won a gold medal for the 2019 Checkerbloom Syrah Rosé in the American Fine Wine Competition. Proceeds from the sale of this wine are donated to the restoration of the Kenwood Wetlands, a wildlife habitat and home of the endangered Kenwood Marsh Checkerbloom, located on the property.

photo courtesy deerfieldranch.com

Friday Night Cocktail Party at Sonoma Mission Inn

5:30 – 7:30 pm

photo courtesy sonomavalley.com

Clay Shoot at Wing and Barrel Ranch

Located in the heart of the Sonoma and Napa Valley wine country, Wing & Barrel Ranch is the newest, most prestigious, and exclusive Club on the West Coast. As Chris Batha’s only West Coast Sporting Clays Course, the 25-acre Vintners Shooting Grounds feature 15 fully automated shooting stations. The morning shoot will include coffee and a light breakfast. Limited to 30 guests.

photo courtesy wingandbarrelranch.com

The Big Event Gala & Auction

5:30 – 10 pm

Join the festivities on Saturday evening, March 11th, hosted at the Sonoma Mission Inn.

Friday, March 10:

8:00-10:00 am Sonoma Mission Inn Guided Hike

Morning or afternoon Shopping in Sonoma Plaza (shuttle service provided by hotel)

1:00-4:00 pm Wine Tastings at two Sonoma Valley Wineries

4:00 pm Check In

4:30-5:30 pm Wine tasting hosted by Sonoma Mission Inn (for all hotel guests)

5:30-7:30 pm Welcome Cocktail Reception

Dress: Business Casual

Saturday, March 11:

9:00 am-12:00 pm Clay Shoot at Wing and Barrel Ranch  (limited availability) 

8:00-10:00 am Sonoma Mission Inn Guided Hike

Morning Shopping in Sonoma Plaza (shuttle service provided by hotel)

2:00-4:00 pm

Private Screening of the award-winning film “Killing the Shepherd” with Q&A by Tom Opre

‘Fireside’ chat with Ivan Carter

5:30-10:00 pm The Big Event Gala & Auction with special guest Ivan Carter at the Sonoma Mission Inn

Dress: Cocktail Attire (tie optional)

Sunday, March 12:

9-12 am Brunch at Sonoma Mission Inn

11 am Check out


Weekend and Gala & Auction

$3,000 per individual person

(accommodations not included)

Gala & Auction Only

Individual Ticket – $1000

Table for six to eight – $6000 to $8000


Diamond Sponsors

M. Kevin and Karen Destruel

Sandra S. Froman

Gold Sponsors

Peter and Michaela Codding

Suzanne and Hammond Edwards

Sharon and Bennett McMicking

Emerald Sponsors

Cyndi Flannigan

Bronze Sponsors

Katalin Kádár Lynn, Ph.D.

George and Sandra Sammut

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa
100 Boyes Boulevard Sonoma, CA 95476


Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn is honored to have been named among the top 20 Hotels in Northern California in the 2022 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. Come celebrate with us, and experience total bliss in Wine Country.

To book accommodations at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa with Mzuri Wildlife Foundation’s special room rate, please use the link below.

You may also make a reservation by calling Sonoma Mission Inn at (707) 938-9000 and mentioning Mzuri Wildlife Foundation.

Reservations must be made by February 18, 2023 to receive Mzuri’s special room rate.

Questions? Need more info?

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us for more information.