Monday, October 22, 2012

Think Pink: Women Winemakers team up for Northwest Hope & Healing Foundation fundraiser

Northwest Hope & Healing is hosting a wine event on November 1st from 6:00-8:00 pm, celebrating Women Winemakers of the Pacific Northwest. This special event will be held at the Columbia City Art Gallery in Seattle. All proceeds and donations at the event will go towards grants to assist women in the Northwest as they battle breast cancer.

Shari Sewell, Director of the Northwest Hope & Healing Foundation, said that the event has room for 100 attendees, and there were still a number of tickets available. This will be a great opportunity for guests to meet established, award-winning women winemakers as well as some who are just starting to make their mark in the wine world - all in an intimate gallery setting in Seattle’s historic Columbia City neighborhood.

Women winemakers from five Northwest wineries will be pouring wines that evening: Kelly Hightower of Hightower Cellars on Red Mountain, Kay Simon of Chinook Wines in Prosser, Athena Pappas from Boedecker Cellars in Portland, Sheila Nicholas from Anam Cara Cellars in Newberg, and Hillary Sjolund of Sonoris Wines. Each winery will be pouring at least two wines, and light appetizers will be served. 

Northwest Hope & Healing is a non-profit foundation that provides financial assistance for day to day expenses like child care, groceries, gasoline, utilities and emergency rent to women in need who are receiving breast and gynecologic cancer treatment at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. The Foundation has raised over $2,000,000 since inception in 2000.  More than 1,600 patients have received financial assistance for everyday basics.

“We are working with a local wine shop, Bin 41, and they are the ones who coordinated the wineries for us,” said Sewell. Bin 41, located in West Seattle’s Junction neighborhood, is creating a tasting booklet for the event and will be taking orders for wine to be picked up at their shop the next day.

When asked why she was participating, Hillary Sjolund of Sonoris Wines had this to say: “Northwest Hope and Healing is a vital support program for women in our communities. Sharing and caring is the best of what we have to offer each other as human beings. I am honored and pleased to share Sonoris Wines in a gesture of camaraderie and courage to those who need it most.”

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online, or call Shari Sewell at 206-215-2888. You can also learn more about them on their Facebook page. Columbia City Gallery is located at 4864 Rainier Avenue South, in Seattle.


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