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Auction of Washington Wines Raises $1.3 Million for Children's Hospital

September 13, 2002

Seattle: Washington winemakers, wine grape growers, community leaders and wine enthusiasts raised more than $1.3 million at the 15th annual Auction of Washington Wines during two events — PICNIC on Thursday, August 22 and the formal gala on Saturday, August 24 — held at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash.

Seattle: Washington winemakers, wine grape growers, community leaders and wine enthusiasts raised more than $1.3 million at the 15th annual Auction of Washington Wines during two events — PICNIC on Thursday, August 22 and the formal gala on Saturday, August 24 — held at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, Wash. Proceeds from the 2002 auction weekend benefit uncompensated care at Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center and the Washington Wine Education Consortium. The celebration, From the Vineyard to the Glass, is one of the nation’s largest charity wine auctions, raising nearly $10 million since 1988.

The auction block showcased a wide array of Washington wines many of which are not available through regular retail channels. Special packages, large format bottles, unique wine dinners and wines from Washington’s top vintages were among the variety of items auctioned by Dick and Sharon Friel, event auctioneers.

The single highest bid of the evening was $40,000 for a custom built Apex Wine Cellar holding up to 3,000 bottles. The wine cellar to be installed in the bidder’s home features custom design work, room preparation, climate control equipment, etched-glass tasting table and a variety of specialties. The bidder also took home an 18-liter Waterbrook double salamanazar of 1998 Meritage in addition to two assorted cases of Waterbrook wines.

The top lot of the evening raised $285,123 for Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center as a result of $110,000 match from hospital patrons. In addition, eleven-year-old Elena Thomas, a patient at Children’s and a special guest for the evening, contributed $123 from her own savings to support the evening’s fund raising.

More than 1,100 guests and 100 Washington wineries enjoyed food prepared by Seattle area chefs throughout the weekend PICNIC and gala events. The Auction of Washington Wines, the wine industry’s philanthropic organization, is organized by the state’s wine industry with support from the wine enthusiasts and more than 200 volunteers. Community chairmen in 2002 included Cameron Myhrvold, partner and founder of Ignition Partners and Keith Grinstein, partner of Second Avenue Partners. The event is hosted by Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery.

About Seattle Children’s

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Seattle Children’s has been delivering superior patient care while advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Seattle Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit www.seattlechildrens.org or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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