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Wine event benefits Circle of Hope

Wine: Fundraiser exceeds estimates in first outing at Mann Biomedical

Posted: June 22, 2011 8:05 p.m.
Updated: June 22, 2011 8:05 p.m.

Ed and Eve Bushman pour sparkling wines at the Vine 2 Wine Classic held to benefit the Circle of Hope breast cancer support group.

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It was a perfect afternoon to enjoy a glass of wine or beer, enjoy a few snacks, listen to music and view some outstanding art.

Guests of the 10th annual Vine 2 Wine Classic enjoyed all of those activities in the event’s new home, Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia.

 Vine 2 Wine, the signature event of the Betty Ferguson Foundation before the nonprofit closed its doors in January, has been inherited by Circle of Hope Inc., a breast cancer support group.

The event also picked up help from former SCV Wine Classic supporters.

Ray Tippet, executive director of Circle of Hope, said he was pleased with the turnout.

“This has exceeded our expectations. We planned for 400, but we’re at 500. It’s a good problem when you’re running out of glasses,” he said.

The event was co-chaired by Eve Bushman and Janice Murray.

“I’m thrilled to be here and helping out Circle of Hope,” said Bushman. “This is a wonderful event. Circle of Hope and the SCV Wine Classic have come together. You can’t get those rare library wines anywhere else but the classic.”

In addition to more than 30 vineyards and wineries pouring hundreds of wines the event also offered guests the chance to taste rare library wines donated by Steve and Amy Elzer, Priscilla and Warren Faubel, Roger and Gwen Gertz, Les Hershberger and Mamie Wong, Jeff, Joan and Julie Jacobson and Lee’s Wine Bistro.

Twenty artists from the Santa Clarita Artists’ Association participated in the event, displaying art for sale.

“This is a great afternoon,” said Zony Gordon, president of the Artists’ Association. “We wanted to do this to help Circle of Hope.”

Judy Cox and Marjanne Priest, co-founders of the Betty Ferguson Foundation wrote in the program book, “We are honored to pass the wine glass to Circle of Hope and stand beside them as they raise money for breast cancer patients.”

In addition, 10 percent of event proceeds were donated to the Betty Ferguson Foundation Endowment at College of the Canyons.

Entertainment was provided by Brittney & Mike, Dave Ford and the Last Set, Kelly’s Lot and Stagg Street Rhythm Section.

For more information about Circle of Hope visit www.circleofhopeinc.org.

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