Save Wa­ter, Drink Wine

Fundraiser ben­e­fits Stu­dent En­vi­ron­men­tal Al­liance

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - OUT & ABOUT - BY YOLANDA PUTMAN STAFF WRITER Con­tact Yolanda Putman at yput­man@ timesfreepress.com or 423-757- 6431.

Stream- bank ero­sion at Red Bank Ele­men­tary School al­most de­stroyed the back-road en­trance to the school, but Mary Beth Sut­ton, founder of the Caribbean Stu­dent En­vi­ron­men­tal Al­liance, in­ter­vened.

The e r osi on made trees slide into the stream bank, says Sut­ton. Left unchecked, t he wa­ter would have dis­turbed the foun­da­tion un­der the road caus­ing it to col­lapse. Sut­ton got res­i­dents and busi­nesses in­volved with a stream-bank sta­bi­liza­tion project to hold the bank in place.

Sut­ton and the Caribbean Stu­dent En­vi­ron­men­tal Al­liance, also known as Caribbean SEA, helped pre­serve the rear en­trance to Red Bank Ele­men­tary, and she wants to con­tinue pro­tect­ing streams and wa­ter­ways through­out the city.

“We’re try­ing to first do ed­u­ca­tion, be­cause peo­ple don’t re­al­ize what they do im­pacts the wa­ter,” she said.

Caribbean SEA will host its sixth an­nual fundraiser, Save Wa­ter, Drink Wine, on Satur­day, Feb. 10, at The Barn Nurs­ery from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

She hopes to rai s e $20,000 to con­tinue projects such as wa­ter test­ing, restora­tion of erodi ng stream banks and ed­u­ca­tion.

Guests at­tend­ing the fundraiser get a sou­venir glass and are in­vited to walk through the nurs­ery and taste all of the wines. Each wine ta­ble will rep­re­sent a dif­fer­ent wa­ter­shed in Hamil­ton County in­clud­ing Citico Creek, the Ten­nessee River Gorge and South Chicka­mauga Creek Green­way Al­liance. Peo­ple knowl­edge­able about these non­prof­its will dis­cuss their work dur­ing the event.

Guests at the ben­e­fit will sam­ple wines from Chateau Me­ichtry and The Faint­ing Goat winer­ies, both in North Ge­or­gia, as well as Look­out Win­ery near Hale’s Bar Ma­rina.

Mrs. B’s Reg­gae Cafe, Conga Latin Restau­rant, Sluggo’s North Veg­e­tar­ian Cafe, Mike’s Hole In the Wall, Ovalle’s Mex­i­can Cafe, Kabob-ster and Pi­geon Moun­tain Grill are among restau­rants pro­vid­ing food.

Sut­ton says about 250 at­tended the event last year, which raised about $ 14,000. She hopes the crowd this year will be even larger.

“Any­thing we raise helps us take care of our streams,” said Sut­ton.

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Save Wa­ter, Drink Wine in­cludes sam­pling wines from two re­gional win­ners and bites from lo­cal restau­rants. The fundraiser will be held at the Barn Nurs­ery on Feb. 10.

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