Hos­pi­tal foun­da­tion to host wine tast­ing, auc­tion

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIFFANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: Tif­fIndyNews

This Satur­day, Charles County can ex­pect some ex­cit­ing auc­tion prizes, unique wines and a celebrity guest ap­pear­ance all at the 19th An­nual Au­tumn Wine Tast­ing and Silent Auc­tion, hosted by the Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter Foun­da­tion.

On Sept. 17, the foun­da­tion will host the event at the Port To­bacco Court­house from 6 to 10 p.m. Pro­ceeds from this year’s event will help fund ini­tia­tives to im­prove ac­cess to care and chronic dis­ease man­age­ment in the com­mu­nity.

“Many peo­ple at­tend our event be­cause it’s a great evening for a great cause,” said Su­san Mudd Vo­gel, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the CRMC Foun­da­tion. “For the cost of the ticket, guests have un­lim­ited ac­cess to 15 food ven­dors, more than 30 wines, an open bar, live acous­tic mu­sic, sam­pling of as­sorted ales and bour­bons, and a silent auc­tion that is truly like no other in our area. The dé­cor trans­forms the venue into a Mary­land-themed evening and the pride for our re­gion and our hos­pi­tal are brim­ming.”

Colo­nial Liquors has co­or­di­nated more than 30 se­lec­tions of wines to be poured that evening. VIP guests will have ac­cess to a spread of food by Rucci’s Fa­mous Deli & Dough­boys.

The foun­da­tion is still cur­rently seek­ing spon­sors for this year’s wine tast­ing and silent auc­tion.

“The cal­iber of bev­er­ages that is co­or­di­nated by Colo­nial Liquors is amaz­ing. There is some­thing for ev­ery palate and the pour­ers are ex­pe­ri­enced in help­ing guests se­lect their fa­vorites. We are grate­ful for their part­ner­ship and sup­port of this fundraiser,” said Ca­role Lewis, co-chair and board chair­woman of the foun­da­tion.

“Our auc­tion is top notch, among the best in the re­gion,” said Leigh Falk­ler, pro­mo­tions and fundrais­ing co­or­di­na­tor for the foun­da­tion. “Guests will not want to miss a chance to bid on the trips, pack­ages, gift bas­kets, jew­elry, lo­cal art­work and more.”

Some of the silent auc­tion items in­clude a week­end get­away to St. Michaels, Dis­ney Hop­per passes, lo­cal art­work, a “Cast And Blast” hunt­ing and fish­ing out­ing for two at a pri­vate farm in South­ern Mary­land, wine tast­ings at var­i­ous Mid-At­lantic vine­yards, a week-long stay at a moun­tain home in Colorado, a $1,000 shop­ping spree at Jo­son’s Fine Jew­elry and Bou­tique, and a ukulele from Is­land Mu­sic.

New this year is a celebrity ap­pear­ance by ac­tor Gianni Russo, who played the role of Carlo in the movie “The God­fa­ther.” He will be at the event to meet guests, per­son­al­ize bot­tles of Don Cor­leone Vodka and has pro­vided a “God­fa­ther” bas­ket for the silent auc­tion.

“The foun­da­tion is so grate­ful to the food and wine ven­dors for bring­ing the best our re­gion has to of­fer to our spon­sors and guests,” said Becky Hoff­man, co-chair and im­me­di­ate past pres­i­dent of the foun­da­tion. “Ev­ery­one who at­tends raves about the value they get for the price of ad­mis­sion.”

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion wine tast­ing tick­ets for the event are still avail­able for $100 and are avail­able on­line at www.charlesre­gional.org/wine­tast­ing or in per­son at Colo­nial Liquors in La Plata. Tick­ets will also be avail­able at the Gov­ern­ment Build­ing bussing area from 5 to 7 p.m. on Satur­day evening. Any­one in­ter­ested in do­nat­ing an item for the silent auc­tion or be­ing a food ven­dor can call 301609-4319 or email lfalk­ler@umm.edu.

The foun­da­tion is also sell­ing des­ig­nated driver tick­ets for $40 in an ef­fort to pro­mote re­spon­si­ble drink­ing at the event.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Diana and Bobby Rucci from Rucci’s Fa­mous Ital­ian Deli & Dough­boys, at the Univer­sity Of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter Foun­da­tion Inc. Wine Tast­ing Pre­view on Aug. 16. The 19th An­nual Wine Tast­ing & Silent Auc­tion will take place on Satur­day, Sept. 17.

Dalsey Lawrence and Chris Lawrence from Port To­bacco Res­tau­rant pose for a pic­ture at the Univer­sity Of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter Foun­da­tion Inc. Wine Tast­ing Pre­view on Aug. 16.

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