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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Drinking for Dollars

Once upon a time, hundreds -- maybe even thousands -- of years ago, someone became unusually generous after drinking a few glasses of wine, and someone else noticed. Ever since then, wine has played a major role in fundraising.

The most glamorous fundraisers are the wine auctions in the areas where wine is made. Napa County's 25th annual auction raised more than $10.5 million in 2005 and more than $68 million over the life of the event, which benefits Napa County health, youth and low-income housing non-profit organizations. Wine tasting fundraisers are enormously popular -- and what silent auction would be complete without a gift basket filled with wine and gourmet goodies?

Some wines raise funds all by themselves. The Big Tattoo wines were created to raise funds for cancer research after the two brothers behind the company lost their mother to the disease. Local sales of Big Tattoo wines benefit the St. Vincent Hospice.

Ehlers Estate, which produces delicious, highly-rated wines, is controlled by The Leducq Foundation, a not-for-profit philanthropic entity created to support international cardiovascular research. And a portion of the profits from the sales of Vinum Cellars’ excellent PETS Petite Sirah benefit the San Francisco SPCA and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Close to WineCanine's heart are the dozens of Weim and Cheese events that benefit Weimaraner rescue organizations including Weimaraner Rescue of the South, which took care of the homeless Zane (or Milo, as he was known then) and nursed him back to health so he could begin a new life in Indiana.
M. Zane Grey, 8:35 AM