More than $3 Million Raised at Classic Wines Auction Will Benefit Oregon Youth and Families in Need
Following another tremendous fundraising year, the auction was named No. 8 on Wine Spectator’s annual list of Top 10 charity wine auctions in the U.S.
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Classic Wines Auction (CWA) announced today that the 2016 auction raised over $3 million for its six benefiting charities. Proceeds from the auction and other food and wine events put on by the organization support charities dedicated to youth and families throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
More than 800 guests attended the auction at the Oregon Convention Center on March 5 to drink, eat and bid to benefit 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.
Since 1982, CWA has raised almost $40 million for youth and families in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
“Year after year, our wonderful donors, sponsors, volunteers, charity partners and winemakers come together to make this event a success,” said Heather Martin, Executive Director of the Classic Wines Auction. “We’re thankful for their generous support. It means we can help those children and families in our community who are most in need.”
In addition to the successful auction, CWA also announced today that it was named to Wine Spectator’s annual list of the top charity wine auctions in the country. This year, CWA moved up slightly to No. 8 on this distinguished list.
“The recognition from Wine Spectator is a testament to our organization and its fundraising success,” Martin said. “It’s an honor for our event to be included among these prestigious auctions.”
Guests bid on a variety of packages comprising curated wine lots, fine art, luxury travel, vineyard tours, wine tastings and more. The numerous national and international trips sold this year included Thanksgiving in New York City, Heli-hiking in Canada, Bastille Day in Bordeaux, and trips to Argentina, Cabo, Spain and Ireland.
Next year’s auction is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2017. Corks + Forks, CWA’s annual urban wine gathering, is Thursday, June 9. Tickets are available at www.classicwinesauction.com.
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 $40 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.