All proceeds from annual fundraiser will help to update recreational equipment and fund recreational activities for at-risk children
New Directions Youth and Family Services, Western New York's leading provider of services for at-risk children and families, invites the community to join the organization for an evening of fine wines, music and gourmet hors d'oeuvres at the fourth annual "Wines of Distinction" fundraiser, Friday, May 3, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Lockport Town and Country Club, 717 East Ave., Lockport. The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the human service agency while sampling wines from around the world - including a first-class selection from the region's own award-winning Niagara Wine Trail.
This event will also feature charity raffles. All proceeds from "Wines of Distinction" will be used to fund recreational equipment and activities. New Directions' blend of experiential and adventure recreational activities helps children at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children in Lockport, Randolph Children's Home in Randolph, and New Directions' foster care, community-based prevention and post adoption programs.
The 2013 "Wines of Distinction" will treat attendees to a variety of wines from around the world, including five varieties from the Niagara region's premier wineries. The wineries and distributors are volunteering both their staff and award-winning vintages to help support New Directions Youth and Family Services. The Niagara Wine Trail wineries that will be at the event are Vizcarra Vineyards, Chateau Niagara Winery, Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Leonard Oakes Estate Winery, and Midnight Run Wine Cellars. And if your wine preferences are focused on other regions of the world, no worries: Opici Wine & Spirits will be providing vintages from some of the most prestigious wine-producing regions on Earth. Professionally trained wine experts will also be on hand to discuss wines, food pairings, and to educate guests on wine tasting techniques.
New this year, to ensure guests are able to sample all the wine offered by the participating wineries and distributors, each guest will receive a "Wine Passport" good for up to four tastings at each station. At the end of the tasting, "Wine Passports" will be collected and entered into a drawing for a basket of excellent wines from the participating exhibitors.
To complement the tasting, a wide variety of gourmet hors d'oeuvres, imported cheeses, deserts and fresh brewed coffees and teas will be served. A cash bar will also be available.
And in case you're not a wine lover, samples of some of the area's best micro brews will be on hand. D'Avolio Olive Oils and Vinegars will also be offering tastings of their gourmet products.
"It is imperative for New Directions Youth and Family Services to raise monies to ensure essential programming such as therapeutic recreation remains fully funded and stays intact for the children that come to us for help," said James Coder, New Directions Youth and Family Services CEO.
Tickets to the event cost $35 per person or $60 a couple, and include all wine tastings, hors d'oeuvres and any additional samplings. Event goers will also be able to take part in a special prize raffle, and basket raffles, featuring use of a luxury box for a Bison's game, an iPad, a large flat-screen television, professional sports memorabilia, and golf outings, just to name a few.
For more information regarding "Wines of Distinction," or to purchase tickets, call 716-433-4487, ext. 489, or visit www.fosteringgood.org.