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Monday, Mar. 26, 2012

Portland wine auction raises $2.4 million for charities

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s premier fundraising event, the Classic Wines Auction, announce it raised $2.42 million for its four benefiting local charities: Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children-Portland and YWCA Clark County. More than 700 wine enthusiasts gathered at the Oregon Convention Center on Saturday night to raise funds for charities benefiting children and families in the Portland Metropolitan area. The total amount raised comes from many sources including event sponsorships (such as presenting sponsors Bank of America and US Trust), auction prizes, wine packages, attendee contributions and 45 winemaker dinners at local restaurants. “We are tremendously pleased with the outcome of the 2012 Classic Wines Auction,” said Heather Martin, Executive Director of the Classic Wines Auction. “The generosity of our attendees, donors and volunteers enables us to assist over 42,000 children and families in our community in truly meaningful and impactful ways.” The gala began with the silent auction during a pre-dinner wine and food tasting reception featuring more than 50 wines and six food stations. The main event was kicked off with a serenade by Master of Ceremonies James Curleigh of KEEN Footwear, followed by the live auction and five-course culinary feast prepared by top guest chefs and paired with wines from both national and international wine ambassadors.

The Classic Wines Auction has raised nearly $30 million for Portland-area charities since its inception in 1982.