Events and Information

Russian River Chamber of Commerce Holiday Dinner - December 11th (6:00-9:00pm)

Please join Fawn, Angela, David and Kerri from the Gene Gaffney Team for the Annual Holiday Dinner 
Wednesday, December 11th at 6pm at the Village Inn in Monte Rio. The menu will be a choice of traditional turkey dinner or vegetarian entrée.

The Chamber asks diners to support River to Coast Children's Services by donating gifts for teens...gift cards and items bought locally are preferred. The gifts will be collected at the dinner. And yes, we will be having our usual 50/50 cash raffle!

Tickets are $20 and are available at the Chamber Office. Please purchase before November 30th. 

For more info, contact the Russian River Chamber of Commerce at 707-869-9000.

See you at the Village Inn!

Occidental's Holiday Crafts Faire - December 7th & 8th (Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm)

Please join Fawn from the Gene Gaffney Team at Occidental's 28th Annual Holiday Crafts Faire. Enjoy wonderful food, baked goods, gifts, craft adn local artisans...  A great way to shop local!  The event will be held at the Occidental Community Center, 3920 Bohemian Hwy., Occidental.

See you there!

Cumbia Party - Graton Day Labor Center Benefit- December 7th (7:00pm)

Do you like cumbia? Want to celebrate the recent immigrant rights victories of California? Then come celebrate with the Graton Day Labor Center (Centro Laboral de Graton) at the Arlene Francis Center of Santa Rosa! Bring your dance on and enjoy Saturday Dec 7 with us. There will be food, beer, and wine available to accompany the night. The featured art show will be from Crystal Celeste, local artist, in the house! What better way to celebrate the immigrant rights movement than with culture and music! 

Presale tickets available:
email gratondaylabor@gmail.com

13th Annual Holiday Extravaganza & Parade of Lights - December 5th - 9th

Thursday, December 5th, 5-9pm
Merchant Open House
Hord d'oeuvres! Refreshments! Shopping! Joyful caroling! Santa Claus pictures at Guerneville Parcel Box Plus!
Tree Lighting Ceremony 6pm

Holiday Prince & Princess Contest & Raffle
Raffle tickets are available at sponsoring businesses. $300.00 Cash Price!

Friday, December 6th
Holiday Prince & Princess Dinner & Crowning Ceremony
6-9pm at Chef Patrick's Restaurant.
RSVP to Beth Rudometkin by Monday, Dec 2 at 707-869-9063.

Saturday Dec 7th at 7pm
13th Annual Holiday Parade of Lights
This year's theme: Lights! Camera! Action! Parade of Lights goes Hollywood!


Raising Safe Kids - A Free Workshop - November 20th & December 3rd (6:30-8:00pm)

Parents, caregivers, and communities play an important role in creating stable, safe, and nurturing environments that protect our children and youth from violence and abuse and its consequences.  You will learn specific positive discipline techniques to promote children's social skills and anger management as well as learn about the role of electronic media on violence.  Most importantly, parents will learn how to become protectors and advocates at home and in their communities to help protect children from violence.


California Parenting Institute

Wednesday, November 20, 6:30-8:00pm

3642 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa 95407

(In the NEW Parent Education Center)  


Rohnert Park Family Resource Center (formerly SCAYD)

 Tuesday, December 3, 6:30-8:00 pm

7345 Burton Ave., Rohnert Park, CA

ADA Compliance Accessible Panel -  November 11th (6:00pm-8:00pm)

 ATTENTION WEST COUNTY BUSINESS OWNERS! Join Angela Gianni from the Gene Gaffney team at a very important panel discussion.  This Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessible Panel will provide you with information about making your business location ADA compliant and purchasing insurance for this risk.  The panel will be meeting  at the Russian River Fire Protection District (Guerneville fire house) 14100 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA; for more information please contact Margaret Kennett  at Fern Grove  707-869-8105.

Cupcake Ball

Flashback Cupcake Ball - November 2, 2013 (6:00-11:00pm)

Come join Angela from Gene Gaffney Insurance Services at this 80's themed event including dinner, dancing, auctions, cupcakes and a live 80's cover band! This event benefits Verity, Sonoma County's Rape Crisis, Trauma and Healing Center. The event will be held at the Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa.  Tickets are $75 per person. To purchase tickets or find out more about this event please visit http://cupcakeball.org/





4-a-Child Masquerade Ball - November 2, 2013 (5:00-9:00pm)

Gene Gaffney Insurance Services is proudly co-sponsoring this benefit for the California Parenting Institute.  Please join Fawn at the historic DeTurk Round Barn (819 Donahue St., Santa Rosa, CA) for an evening of masked fun! $75 per person, black tie optional, masks required. To purchase tickets or for more information about this event please visit http://www.4-a-child.org/

Barlow Harvest Party - October 26, 2013 (3:00-5:00pm)

Come share a festive day at Woodfour Brewery (6780 Depot St., Sebastopol) with Angela from Gene Gaffney Insurance Services and C.A.F.E. (Conservation Action Fund for Education).  CAFE educates, empowers and engages the Sonoma County community around issues of sustainability and the environment. Suggested donation of $25.

Sebastopol Area Chamber of Commerce Logo

Sebastopol Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo - October 10, 2013 (4:30-7:30pm)

Gene Gaffney Insurance Services is a proud sponsor of the the Sebastopol Area Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. Join David from the Gene Gaffney crew at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts (Veterans Building, 282 High St., Sebastopol). Admission is free, for more information please visit; http://sebastopol.org/business_fair.html

New Acquisition for Gene Gaffney Insurance!

Peggy Holloway, owner of Hollow Insurance Agency, is pleased announce to the successful sale of her business to long time Sonoma County institution Gene Gaffney Insurance Services. Peggy’s goal was to find an agency with an established commitment to customer satisfaction and decades of local insurance experience. She is confident that her clients wil...l be happy with the customer service provided by GGIS and will be impressed by the additional insurance solutions that GGIS can offer. 
GGIS has been serving Sonoma County since 1978 and we have an intimate knowledge of the area and the uniqueness of its landscape, population, properties and insurance challenges. We provide an unprecedented level of insurance expertise and our friendly team can quickly and accurately assess your needs, evaluate the offerings from multiple, top-rated insurance carriers, and present you with a custom-built plan to solve your insurance needs at a reasonable price.

Fawn Nekton is the President and Owner of Gene Gaffney Insurance Services. She purchased the agency from her father in 2010 and has worked at GGIS for more than 20 years. She is recognized as an expert in personal, business, specialty and non-profit insurance. She is an active leader in the community and serves on many local commissions including the Occidental Community Council and the Harmony/Salmon Creek school board. The GGIS staff is also made up of dedicated community members that participate in many local business and community organizations. We don’t just work in Western Sonoma County, we live and play here.


Sebastopol’s Business After 5 Mixer 5/24/12

On Thursday, May 24 David and other team members from Gene Gaffney Insurance will be at Sebastopol’s Business After 5 mixer. This fun event will be at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts from 5:30 – 7:00. Come view great art from the Art a...t the Source artist’s gallery show; delicious food provided by co-host Whole Foods and wonderful wines poured by Sunce Winery and Moshin Vineyards. The Art Center is located at 6780 Depot Street. It's always well attended and a fun evening so stop by and network.

California Parenting Institute and Prevent Child Abuse-Sonoma County

Gene Gaffney Insurance Services is proud to be a sponsor of the California Parenting Institute (CPI) and Prevent Child Abuse-Sonoma County (PCA-SC). Every April, PCA-SC hosts a series of events throughout the month to recognize the importan...ce of child abuse prevention. The Blue Ribbon Awards are presented to members of our community who have made a difference in the area of child abuse treatment, intervention or prevention. These important contributions will be recognized on April 25, 2012 at the Mary Agatha Furth Center, 8400 Old Redwood Highway in Windsor.

According to Sonoma County Child Protective Services, each year there are over 10,000 calls to the child abuse hotline with questions and reports of child abuse. In 2010, there were 2,613 reports of child abuse serious enough to require a face-to-face investigation to determine if allegations of abuse were substantiated and 199 children were removed from their home.

Founded in 1978, CPI has served thousands of Sonoma County families with parent education and mental health services to both prevent and treat child abuse. CPI provides leadership in community education and advocacy for children by coordinating the PCA-SC. For more information about CPI please go to http://calparents.org/, the Blue Ribbon Campaign http://preventchildabuse-sonomacounty.org/ and Gene Gaffney Insurance www.gaffneyins.com

4th Annual Russian River Chamber of Commerce Business Expo. 3/28/12

Come join the gang from Gene Gaffney Insurance Services at the 4th Annual Russian River Chamber of Commerce Business Expo.  The event will be at Buck’s Restaurant in Guerneville on Wednesday 3/28/12. This is an opportunity to meet all of the local business that support our community. Come by and say to Fawn and GGIS team!


West County Health Centers Open House 2/23/12

Please join Fawn and Angela from Gene Gaffney Insurance at the West County Health Centers open house on Friday 2/23.

The program for the evening will begin at 5:30pm. Come enjoy light refreshments, wonderful company, delightful conversations and tours of our facility and of the Russian River Dental Clinic.

Presenters will include Dr. DeEtte DeVille, RRHC Medical Director; Dr. Stephen Chadwick, ...Dental Director; and John Kornfeld, WCHC Board President.

West County Health Centers envisions a community where all residents have a medical home and people are empowered to build healthy lives and communities. Please visit our website www.wchealth.org to learn more.

Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce’s "BUSINESS AFTER 5”

Visit with Angela of Gene Gaffney Insurance at the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce’s "BUSINESS AFTER 5” mixer on Thursday 3/22. This is a great opportunity to network with local West County business and community leaders. The event will start at 5:30 at “The Legacy” at 781 Gravenstein Ave. Hope to see you there!


Russian River Chamber of Commerce Mixer 3/7

Join Fawn, Owner of Gene Gaffney Insurance Services, on Wednesday 3/7 at the Russian River Chamber of Commerce Mixer. This month’s event will be held at Korbel on River Road in Guerneville. This is a great opportunity to meet and network with local business and community leaders. Come by and discuss your insurance needs with Fawn and let her solve your problems. See you there!


“Give Back Tuesday” on 3/6

Join the folks from Gene Gaffney Insurance for “Give Back Tuesday” on 3/6 at the Rainbow Cattle Co. in Guerneville. This buffet dinner will benefit the Community Clean Water Institute. 10% of the bar proceeds plus the dinner and raffle sales will help the Institute support healthy rivers and the fish population. Dinner is only $5 and fish friendly and sustainable wines will be sold. The fun starts at 6pm - come by and say “hi” and support this great organization.


Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce’s “Business after 5” mixer 2/23/12

David from Gene Gaffney Insurance will be at Copperfield’s Books in Sebastopol Thursday 2/23 for the Sebastopol Chamber of Commerce’s “Business after 5” mixer.   This is a great opportunity to meet local business owners and leaders and to network with the community.  The fun starts at 5:30 – stop by and say “hi” to David.  For more information about the Chamber please visit: http://www.sebastopol.org/about.html  

Russian River Chamber of Commerce mixer 1/11/12

Angela and David from Gene Gaffney Insurance will be at the Russian River Chamber of Commerce mixer tonight, Wednesday, January 11th at Main Street Station Pizza Cafe in downtown Guerneville . The fun starts at 6pm, come enjoy hors d'ouevres, good conversation, business networking and a special welcome from the new RRCC President, Laura Wilson. See you there!


Winners of our “Season for Giving Thanks” Facebook contest

Gene Gaffney Insurance is proud to announce the winners of our “Season for Giving Thanks” Facebook contest. We asked the public to nominate their favorite local non-profit and we would make a donation to the 3 organizations that received the most votes. The top vote-getter is Creek Nursery School http://​www.brushcreekschool.org/ and the two runner-ups are Verity http://ourverity.org/ and River to Coast Children’s Services http://rccservices.org/. Congratulations! Thank you to all the great local organizations that provide valuable services and help to our community. We wish everyone a prosperous 2012 and please contact us with any insurance questions or needs. - Fawn


“Lights of Life” celebration in Sebastopol

Join members of Gene Gaffney Insurance Services on Thursday December 1st at the “Lights of Life” celebration in Sebastopol. VNA Hospice and The Sebastopol Area Chamber of Commerce present a Holiday Celebration in the Plaza from 5pm to 8pm. We will light the tree around 6:30 and there will be plenty of entertainment and fun! See you there!

Sebastopol Honors Industry and New Enterprise (S.H.I.N.E Reception)

David from Gene Gaffney Insurance Services will be at Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery on Thursday evening (11/17) at the annual S.H.I.N.E Reception. SHINE stands for Sebastopol Honors Industry and New Enterprise. The Sebastopol Chamber is the only chamber in the County that holds an appreciation reception for all businesses that have taken out business licenses or changed ownership in the previous year. The chamber, with the City of Sebastopol, wishes to welcome them to the business community.

Additionally that evening, the Chamber will provide recognition to members of long-standing status. Some members have been supporters for more than 20 years! "It is important to not only acknowledge new businesses on the scene, but to show appreciation for those that have been around for awhile. Many of them have been and continue to be the cornerstone of the Chamber's history and success for the past 90 years!" stated Executive Director Ramondo.

The reception will be at Marimar Estate Vineyards and Winery, 11400 Graton Road, outside of Graton from 5:30 - 7pm. Please come to not only applaud years of service, but to meet new businesses and new clients. What a great opportunity to mix, mingle and sip some great wines!

Please RSVP to the Chamber - 823-3032


River to Coast Children’s Services 35th anniversary

Come join the gang from Gene Gaffney Insurance Services and help celebrate the 35th anniversary of River to Coast Children’s Services on Wednesday November 9th from 6-8pm. The open house will be at 16300 1st Street in downtown Guerneville. You can get more information at www.rccservices.org. See you there!


Forestville Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer

On Friday, October 28th Fawn Nekton, President of Gene Gaffney Insurance, will be attending the Forestville Chamber of Commerce Business Mixer at the American Wine Building in Forestville. There will be appetizers, tasty beverages and plenty of networking opportunities with local community and business leaders. Stop by and say “hello” and let Fawn help you with your insurance needs. The event starts at 5pm and is located at 6450 1st street, Forestville. For more information click on http://www.forestvillechamber.org.  See you there!


Halloween Séance at the Santa Nella House

On Sunday, October 30th Angela and Fawn from Gene Gaffney Insurance, will be attending a benefit for our long time client “River to Coast Children’s Services”. They will be hosting a spooky Halloween Séance at the Santa Nella House and have palm reading, food, wine and a whole bunch of fun and socializing. The event is located at 12130 Highway 116 (between Guerneville and Forestville). For more information click http://www.santanellahouse.com or click here to download the event flier.  See you there!

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75 Main St. Second Floor

P.O. Box 428 Occidental, CA 95465

Main office: 707-874-2666
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Sun: Closed

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