Winetasia, the annual fundraising event for the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation, will take place on Saturday, May 18, in the Music and Art Center on the Wenatchee campus. The "Starry, Starry Night" themed event includes entertainment by Suzanne MacPherson and Friends, appetizers and wines, an auction and awards.
The doors open at 6 p.m. for a social hour featuring tantalizing appetizers and wines from many local wineries including Karma, Benson, Milbrandt, Stemilt, Cascadia, Fielding Hills and Snowdrift Cider. A live auction and the annual Foundation Recognition Award presentation begins at 7 p.m. Ruth "Rudi" Pauly will be presented with the WVC Foundation "Harvey Award" in recognition for her dedicated service and ongoing financial support of the WVC Foundation. Pauly served on the WVC Foundation Board of Directors from 2008-2012 and remains committed to the foundation's mission of supporting the students and programs of WVC.
Some of the items available to bid on at the live auction include a private limo wine-tasting afternoon at Benson Winery and Cairdeas Winery in Chelan; a Downton Abbey Dinner for eight hosted by WVC President Jim Richardson and his wife Kim; a handmade wine cabinet by Sam Clark filled with 42 bottles of premier wines; a Triple Play of Golf at three of the valley's outstanding courses (Wentachee Valley Country Club, Highlander and Bear Mountain Ranch); and a day of dunking, drinking and dining at Rudi Pauly's Lake Chelan cabin.
At 7:30 p.m., Suzanne MacPherson and Friends will take the stage and entertain guests with song, music and spoken word. The program features Mary Sanders and Glenn Isaacson on piano, Steve Sanders on bass, Bernie Shell on clarinet, Tom McNair on trombone, Mike Choman on guitar, and poet Derek Sheffield.
A post-concert reception will follow the star-studded performance, featuring tantalizing desserts with dessert wines and ports contributed by such wineries as College Cellars, Wedge Mountain, White Heron, Crayelle and Okanogan Wineries.
Event registration is $75 per person. Reservations may be made by calling the WVC Foundation at 509.682.6410. Fifty dollars of each registration is recognized as a tax deductible, charitable gift.
1300 Fifth Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801 Phone: (509) 682-6800