Wine tasting event approaching |

Wine tasting event approaching

Soroptimist International of South Lake members are busy preparing for their 31st annual wine tasting event, which was voted “Best Special Event of 2000” in the Tahoe Daily Tribune annual reader’s poll. The Best of Tahoe 2001 is scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Special Events Center.

The fund-raiser is expected to generate $75,000 to fund the many community projects and programs sponsored by SISLT. In 2000 the event raised $72,000, which will be redistributed into the community this year through the Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe community grant allocation process and its educational scholarship program.

The public is invited to attend Best of Tahoe 2001 and invitations to purchase tickets have gone out in the mail. Anyone who is not already on the mailing list and would like to attend the event is encouraged to contact a member of Soroptimist International South Lake Tahoe or call the message phone at (530) 573-2433 to request an invitation and to be added to the mailing list. The cost is $60 per person. Tickets may be mailed or hand delivered. This event historically sells out in advance and is expected to do so again this year.

The Best of Tahoe 2001 food and wine tasting fund-raiser will present 25 local restaurants serving samples of their best cuisine and 25 vintners featuring select wines. There will be a silent auction offering the opportunity to bid on a variety of items including fine wines, fantastic trips, sporting event tickets and antiques and collectibles. The Magical Forest, which debuted last year to rave reviews, will return this year. The Magical Forest features “gift” trees decorated by corporate sponsors that are bid on by way of raffle tickets.

This event is Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe’s largest fund-raiser. The entire club, including President Sue Yang, the wine tasting committee and the membership, contributes to the many details that make this memorable event such a success.

After three decades the event has matured into a responsible leader of community service fund-raisers. The first wine tasting, which took place in November 1971, offered homemade cheese fondue with a few wines of the time and generated less then $1,000. Today, the event provides 90 percent of the service club’s annual budget, which funds numerous youth educational and scholarship projects, the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, health care projects and the club’s special project, “A Fighting Chance,” which teaches area third- through sixth-grade children how to keep themselves safe and how to escape in the event of an abduction. Public support for this wine tasting event makes a difference for hundreds of people on the South Shore.

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