Wining and dining, Snowmass style |

Wining and dining, Snowmass style

Dear Editor:

What a great Wine weekend for Snowmass! The Snowmass Village Rotary Club held its ninth annual Wine Festival Sept. 16-17. It started with a superb Winemakers Dinner at The Artisan on Friday night and ended with the popular Wine Festival on the Snowmass Mall on Saturday afternoon, attended by more than 700 happy party-goers!

We raised $23,000 during this event that will help support charities in the valley and internationally. Our fundraising grants this year were awarded to: Challenge Aspen, LiftUp, Roaring Fork Conservancy, Little Red Schoolhouse, Christmas Wish Foundation, Extreme Sports Camp, YouthZone, and Pathfinders. Proceeds also supported: Rotary International’s ongoing End Polio Now program, Japan Disaster Relief, Africa/World Bicycle Relief, Ecuador Literacy Project, Nicaragua Children of the Dump Foundation, Boquete, Panama Library Project, and many others. The proceeds from this year’s Wine Festival will benefit many other deserving local and international charities.

We thank all who participated and enjoyed the world-class wines, tasty food servings, and great entertainment. Our fundraising success could not have been possible without the selfless generosity of the vintners, restaurants, pastry chefs, auction donors and Rotary sponsors.

Another big thank you goes to all the Rotarians and friends of Rotary who spent countless hours assuring that the entire weekend was enjoyable for all. I would like to especially recognize Barb Wickes, Martha O’Keefe and Randy Woods for their dedication and hard work.

The Snowmass Wine Festival is a wonderful, affordable benefit held under sunny skies with great wine, food, music and Snowmass Mountain as the backdrop – it just doesn’t get any better than that! Thanks to all for helping us achieve our fundraising goals and for allowing us to help our neighbors in need. We hope to see you next year at the 10th annual Snowmass Wine Dinner and Festival!

Gary Hartman

president, Snowmass Village Rotary Club

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