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Sandy relief poured from bottle

Event at Cheers@All Corked Up raises more than $7,000 for the American Red Cross relief efforts

Posted: December 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Organizers of the Pour for Sandy benefit, left to right, Al Robles, Terri Rivera, Shelly Schutz, Eve Bushman and Michael Perlis present a check to Patti Hartmann, senior major gifts officer of the American Red Cross, at right.

The devastation suffered by residents of the East Coast from Superstorm Sandy touched many in the Santa Clarita Valley.

To assist relief efforts Eve Bushman and Michael Perlis recently hosted a fundraiser at Cheers@All Corked Up to benefit the American Red Cross.

The event attracted more than 250 attendees who paid $25 each to enjoy wine tasting and entertainment.
Cheers@All Corked Up owners Al Robles and Terri Rivera donated use of the restaurant to the event.

“I think this touches everyone,” said Shelly Schutz. “Nearly everyone involved in this effort knows someone who is affected by this storm. The pictures alone were enough to make anyone want to help.”

Schutz worked on the event’s silent auction, which featured a variety of items, including bottles of wine, for bid.

The wine for event, available for tasting at nearly a dozen stations was donated by SCV winemakers, winery representatives and wineries from Santa Ynez to Oregon.

“One winemaker drove up from Malibu with a case and another shipped hers from Oregon,” said Bushman.

More than 200 bottles of wine were on hand for the event.

Bushman said that individuals donated almost half of the wine.

“There is a lot of great wine here,” she said. “All of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Red Cross.

The donation will be made in the name of the people of the city of Santa Clarita.”

Robles was born in Manhattan and lived throughout the New York area.

“All those areas that were hit hard I know. Many of my friends are back there,” he said. “Anything I can do to help I want to do.”

Myra Harbour of Santa Clarita said she attended the event to support the people who are suffering because of the storm.

“It’s wonderful to see so many people out and supporting this cause,” she said. “That’s the great thing about

Santa Clarita. People here support the community and one another, as well as anyone who needs it.”


A check presentation was made to the American Red Cross in the amount of $7,547.30.

Additional funds were received for the effort after Robles had a large check printed up for the presentation.

“I had them write $7,417.30 on the big check, but we really are donating $7,547.30,” he said.
The check was accepted by Patti Hartmann, senior major gifts officer of the Los Angeles regions of the American Red Cross.

“I think was a wonderful community-based ‘come together’ effort for the Red Cross and the people that we serve,” said Hartmann. “Every dollar donated will help the people who need comfort and hope.”


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