35th Annual Classic Wines Auction Raises $3 Million for Local, Family-Focused Charity Partners
More than $3 million was raised at the 2019 Classic Wines Auction, which was held at the Oregon Convention Center on March 2. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the organization’s top-earning event with net proceeds benefiting five local nonprofits: Metropolitan Family Service, YWCA Clark County, Friends of the Children, New Avenues for Youth and Unity Center for Behavioral Health.
With another successful season in the books, the Classic Wines Auction has raised nearly $50 million for its nonprofit partners since the Auction’s inception in 1982. This milestone comes on the heels of its 2018 event again being honored as one of Wine Spectator’s top 10 charity wine auctions in the U.S.
One of the country’s longest-running charity wine auctions reaches its milestone 35th year supporting the local community. Classic Wines Auction was officially established in 1982 by a group of friends who came together to raise money for Metropolitan Family Service (MFS). Since then, the auction and associated events have raised more than $46 million for local nonprofits, benefiting more than one million individuals in the Portland community.
This year, thanks to Presenting Sponsor Mercedes-Benz of Portland and Mercedes-Benz of Beaverton, a 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 SUV, driven by Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson, will also be auctioned off.
Classic Wines Auction Kicks Off 35th Anniversary Season of Events
CWA's Presenting Sponsorship with Mercedes-Benz of Portland and Mercedes-Benz of Beaverton reflects joint commitment to benefiting local community. The partnership is bolstered by the support of Mercedes-Benz of Portland spokesperson Russell Wilson,
Superbowl-winning quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks. A 2019 Mercedes-Benz G550 SUV that was driven by Russell Wilson himself will be auctioned at the March 2, 2019 Gala Auction event.
34th Annual Classic Wines Auction Draws In $3 Million for Local Nonprofits
“With each passing year, we continue to be amazed by the generosity of Classic Wines Auction attendees, donors and sponsors, ” said Heather Martin, executive director of the Classic Wines Auction. “This year was no exception, and we want to thank everyone who helped us make our 34th event a huge success. The funds raised will undoubtedly have a major impact on our community and help children, individuals and families in our area throughout the year ahead.”