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An afternoon for a Wine Affair

Event attracts more than 400 to ‘sip, stroll and savor the sounds’

Posted: October 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 28, 2012 2:00 a.m.

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The fifth annual Wine Affair, hosted by Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley, attracted more than 400 attendees to the The Patios at Westfield Valencia Town Center and Town Center Drive on Oct. 21.

“Everyone enjoyed an afternoon of sipping great wine, tasting wonderful food and listening to superb music,” said Rebecca Johnston, Wine Affair chairwoman. “It was a spectacular day and a smashing success.”

Portions of the proceeds will benefit the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital neonatal intensive care unit, United Nations Campaign to end obstetric fistula, Circle of Hope and the Sheila R. Veloz Foundation.

Supporters included Lloyd Eisler, attending the event for this fifth year with wife Kristy Swanson, attending for her fourth year. The Valencia couple attended with friends Art and Rizelma McHugh.

“I plan my year around this event,” Eisler said. “I’m happy it isn’t as hot this year as last year. I am really looking forward to trying all the new wines.”

Eric Smith, owner of The Ivy Spa on Town Center Drive, was participating in his first Wine Affair.

“We are very excited to be a part of this event,” Smith said. “We also are donating 10 percent of all of our gift card and retail proceeds to Soroptimists today.”

Christian Perry, of Havin’ a Ball Dance Studio, also was a first-time participant of the event.

“We just missed opening up our studio in time for the Wine Affair last year, so I am happy we were able to participate this year,” Perry said. “I love it.”

In addition to wine and food, music was everywhere along Town Center Drive and The Patios provided by Fahr.West, Jonathan LaFrance, Monkey Bump, Jim Hagen Jazz, Blue Sky, Jim Schrier, Cellar Ratz and G3.

Soroptimist International is an international volunteer organization of business and professional women working to improve the lives of women and girls locally and globally.

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