Elegant wine and food event helps hospital coffers

Posted May 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm

The Hand County Health, Wellness and Community Foundation will be hosting its Wine and Food Tasting Event on Saturday, May 4. Now in its fourth year, the event begins at 6 p.m. at the Miller Golf Course.

Because the Kentucky Derby 2013 will also be run May 4, everyone is invited to don their best “Kentucky Derby duds” and enjoy fine wines and tasty tidbits, while vying for great auction and gift box items. Proceeds go toward the hospital’s building project.

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JUST A FEW OF THE GREAT ITEMS ready for a new home are displayed by Rhonda Rowen, left, and Donna Fischer. Fischer made the queen-size quilt on the table, and is holding a lap throw made by Shirley Schultz of Tulare. Just a few of the other auction/gift items are jewelry, designer sunglasses and wine.
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Rhonda Rowen, committee member, says the evening’s events are great fun, and a salute to health and wellness, while at the same time an opportunity to raise funds for a great cause.

“As soon as you walk in the door, you’ll see the large variety of wines, the elegantly-wrapped mystery gifts on the bar, and the wonderful array of finger food,” Rowen said. If wine isn’t a favorite, coffee, water and other beverages are available.

Auction items, as well as the mystery gifts, have all been donated, says Rowen, and are “high-ticket” items. “The local donors and sponsors for this event are so much appreciated.”

Tickets are purchased for the mystery gift boxes, Rowen explained. Tickets are placed in a bag, and the “winners” are drawn. Gift box items contain a man’s Black Hills gold watch, and a diamond necklace and earrings for women.

Silent auction choices include baskets featuring a variety of articles, a handmade oak end table made by Ron Welch, a handmade queen-size quilt donated by Donna Fischer, and a lap quilt donated by Shirley Schultz of Tulare.

The live auction will feature a wide range of possibilities…among them a 62-gun case, a beef package, a Black Hills golf package, a Black Hills cabin getaway, a Sonoma wine set, and much more.

New this year will be a cash and carry table featuring homemade items, and a “wine pull.”

Famed South Dakota artist John Green will be on hand to add the finishing touches to his fourth and final view of “Miller Main Street.” The “grand finale” of the evening will be a live auction for Green’s rendition of downtown Miller.

Tickets are available from committee members, the Clothes Garden, the hospital, or at the door.