2016 Classic Wines Auction Set for March 5
Annual fundraiser features top winemakers and a BMW M4 GTS
PORTLAND, Ore. – Tickets are on sale for the 32nd annual Classic Wines Auction (CWA), to be held in Portland on Saturday, March 5, 2016. Limited seating is still available.
The black-tie gala celebrates regional and international wines while raising money for Portland-area nonprofits. This year’s event takes place at the Oregon Convention Center’s Portland Ballroom, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The evening begins at 5 p.m. with wine tastings, chef presentations, mobile bidding, and a silent auction. The live auction starts at 7 p.m., along with a five-course menu pairing internationally renowned wines with regional cuisine.
Last year’s auction raised $32 million, with more than 875 wine and food enthusiasts, business and community leaders, and philanthropists in attendance. Benefit partners for the 2016 auction include Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children—Portland, YWCA Clark County, Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and Special Olympics Oregon.
This year’s distinguished group of Honorary Wine Ambassadors includes:
Miguel Torres Winery (Barcelona, Spain), Marta Delfa, Global Brand Ambassador & Educator
Far Niente (Oakville, Calif.), Larry Maguire, President and CEO
Christopher Wines (Newberg, Ore.), Jay Christopher Somers, Winemaker/Owner
Chateau Ste. Michelle (Woodinville, Wash.), Bob Bertheau, Head Winemaker
The 2016 live auction centerpiece will be the much-coveted 2016 BMW M4 GTS sports car, courtesy of presenting sponsor Kuni Automotive. This version, with the upgraded carbon fiber wheel package, retails at $149,000. There will be a limited edition of 700 manufactured worldwide, with only 300 distributed in the United States. Kuni will receive one of the first in the country. The 2016 BMW M4 GTS features innovative motorsport technology for the road.
“The 2016 Classic Wines Auction is made possible by our incredibly supportive sponsors, chefs, winemakers, donors, charity partners and volunteers,” said Heather Martin, CWA Executive Director. “With their help, we are able to change the lives of more than 94,000 children and families in our community who are in need.”
Tickets to the 2016 Classic Wines Auction event are $1,000. Additional support for this year’s auction comes from presenting sponsor Kuni Automotive, and other top sponsors: Cambia Health Solutions, Bank of America, U.S. Trust and many others. For more information on sponsorships and proxy bidding, call (503) 972-0194 or visit www.classicwinesauction.com.
About the 2016 Charity Beneficiaries
Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), helping people move beyond the limitations of poverty, inequity and social isolation. www.metfamily.org
New Avenues for Youth, working in partnership with the community to prevent youth homelessness and provide homeless and at-risk young people the resources and skills needed to lead healthy, productive lives. www.newavenues.org
Friends of the Children—Portland, breaking the cycle of generational poverty by giving children facing the highest-risks the ability to create a new story. www.friendspdx.org
YWCA Clark County, dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. www.ywcaclarkcounty.org
Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, creating a healthier generation of children and building stronger communities with the highest quality of medical care for young patients. www.legacyhealth.org
Special Olympics Oregon, offering life-changing programs that help individuals with intellectual disabilities find joy, experience inclusion and obtain respect. www.soor.org
More about the Classic Wines Auction
Consistently recognized as one of the top ten charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine since 2001, the Classic Wines Auction has raised nearly $33 million for Portland-area charities since its inception in 1982. Based in Portland, Ore., Classic Wines Auction, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing the Classic Wines Auction and related food and wine events to raise funds for local charities benefiting children and families, including: Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children-Portland, YWCA Clark County and Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel.