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Vine 2 Wine pours for Hope

Circle of Hope Inc. hosts successful fundraiser for breast cancer support

Posted: August 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 23, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Vine 2 Wine pours for Hope.

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Guests lined up to be among the first inside the 11th annual Vine 2 Wine fundraiser held Saturday at the Santa Clarita Activities Center.

More than 500 attendees sampled wine and food from dozens of vendors and were entertained by Jimmy Carnelli & Friends — a band that included members who played with the late Roger Williams.

“I am speechless at how well this event is going,” said Ray Tippet, executive director of Circle of Hope Inc.

The fundraiser was held to benefit Circle of Hope which is a breast cancer support organization for individuals who live and work in the Santa Clarita Valley.

“My goal was 500 and I am so excited that we surpassed that,” Tippet said. “Everyone in this community is so good to support the nonprofits. I am excited to be a part of the SCV. I am so grateful that the community for embracing us.”

Janice Murray, chairwoman of the event, said she was pleased with the positive response to the event’s location change to the Activities Center. Previous locations for the event included Mann BioMedical Park, the backyard of a Sand Canyon estate and the Bridgeport Clubhouse.

“I was a little concerned with the decision to move the event indoors,” Murray said. “Everyone has responded to the location change in a very positive way. We didn’t know the weather would be so hot when we made the decision, but I’m glad we made the move. I am so pleased.”

Russ Briley, owner of Nuggucciet Cellars with his wife Nancy, said he was pleased to support the event.

“Nancy and I are proud to pour for Circle of Hope,” said Briley. “We love to support the community and share our wine with everyone. We’ll be back next year again.”

Jeff Jacobson, event wine director, donated his time coordinating the wine vendors for the event.

“I don’t remember working this hard when I got paid to work,” he said. “I’m so glad that the turn out is fabulous.”

A number of SCV residents donated library and fine wines from their private cellars to pour at the event. Among those who donated wine were Lee’s Wine Bistro, Chris and Jeannie Carpenter, Roger and Gwen Gertz, Les Hershberger and Mamie Wong, Jeff, Joan and Julie Jacobson and Robert and Annie Schwartz.

“We’re here to support Circle of Hope and we’re pouring a little vertical of Caymus, 1998, ’99, 2000, ’03, ’04, ’05 and we’re having a lot of fun,” Robert Schwartz said.

Dozens of wineries and vineyards also donated to the event, as well as food and dessert vendors.

“We are grateful for everyone, the volunteers, the wineries, the food,” Tippet said.

For information about Circle of Hope, Inc. visit www.circleofhopinc.org.

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