The Steve Wurzell Memorial Foundation was launched in 1999 to assist in fully funding Sonoma County Special Olympics. It is named after special athlete, Stevie Wurzell, seen above, who passed away  in 1981. Stevie loved to compete and hang out with his Special O buddies. Our first event, the Steve Wurzell Memorial Corporate Tennis Challenge hosted 12 tennis teams in a corporate challenge format at Wikiup Racquet and Swim Club.  The following reception brought together 80 of Sonoma County's top business executives. In the years to come, our founding sponsors would become passionate in the cause. In a testament to the local business community's desire to support Special Olympics, we would add a luau, attracting over 650 people at Rodney Strong Vineyards, and netting close to $250,000 for local Special Olympic programs. In 2013, joined by our committed partner Cardinal Newman High School, we teamed up to create Cowbells & Lederhosen:  A Bavarian Oktoberfest. Our goal is to make sure Sonoma County Special Olympics continues to thrive. We want you to meet our very special athletes. They WILL inspire you with their energy, enthusiasm and willingness to bring their best to all they do!   

Thanks to our partner Eagle Distributing, we have some of the finest international, national and local brews available. Get in a Bavarian mood with the released only once-a-year Spaten Oktoberfest. Prefer micro-brews? Seek out Hangar 24's special selection.  Prefer a german wheat beer? You can't go wrong with Spaten beer straight from the tap. If you don't drink beer, don't let that stop you. We have some of Sonoma County's finest wines being donated by some very special vintners. Sip Mauritson, Gamba, Christopher Creek, Toad Hollow, and more. There's a wine for every palate, and every pleasure. Ready to eat?  We will be grilling Bratwurst and Sausage to perfection, paired with traditional German faire. No hungry people here. Time to work off your beer and dinner. Get ready to sing and dance to Oktoberfest  favorites. If you don't know the words, no problem. Just fake it till you make it.  Sweet Caroline and Roll out the Barrel never sounded so good. So let loose...put on an alpine hat, and sing and dance like nobody's watching, and you're in Munich! 

Individual Tickets:  

$60 including beer, wine and food


Colonel Klink - $750

Includes:  Reserved table of 10, beer stein for guests, logo coverage in all ads, logo on t-shirt, and 2 t-shirts

Heidi - $600 

Includes:  Reserved table of 10, beer stein for guests

The Schnitzel - $120

Includes:  Two tickets & two beer steins

To buy tickets or for more information contact Sue Adams at (707) 285-7060

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Cardinal Newman High School Santa Rosa

Drink from our selection of 20 premium beers from around the world, including all time favorites, Ninkasi, Beck's, and Stella Artois. 

Drop into a Bavarian mood in our Oktoberfest Beer Garden. D.J. Fabian will be mixing some Oktoberfest favorites in a Rocktoberfest style.

Don your Lederhosen and join us for the Chicken Dance Challenge.  Sport a German hat, wig or lederhosen at the event and get a special Oktoberfest surprise upon entry.

Tickets are $60 in advance

All proceeds benefit Sonoma County Special Olympics