Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wine And Smiles For A Good Cause

The 33rd edition of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction was a huge success, raising more than $1 million in gross revenues for its general operating fund. The event has helped sustain arts and culture for the residents of the Wood River Valley and to provide many art forums for the youth of the valley. “We had an extraordinary few days! The generosity of patrons and their enthusiasm for The Center’s educational programs is both exhilarating and humbling,” said Kristin Poole, the organization’s artistic director. Clockwise from top: 1) More than 1,000 people attended the Vine and Dine picnic Saturday on the grounds at Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge in Sun Valley, includ-ing, from left to right, Holly Rubenstein, Ellen Ard, C.C. McCarthy and Claudia Turner. These four young women described their picnic experience as “wine-a-licious.” 2) Some 320 people were present at the Wine Auction on Friday night, also at Carol’s Dollar Lodge. Here, Mike and Jen Quinn look at a silent-auction items, deciding whether or not to bid on an Imperial 6-liter bottle of Ambassador Cabernet. 3) Every success-ful valley event needs a great volunteer effort and the wine auction is no different. These volunteer present-ers show some of their offerings before hitting the stage Friday—from left to right are Nancy Granston Cirillo, Steve Butler, Sarah Crowley, Chad Howard, Stephanie Olson and Josh Wells. 4) Presenter Stepha-nie Olson displays a bottle of Hall Cabernet as part of a live-auction Cabernet Country Excursion item.
Express photos by Willy Cook

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