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Auction of Washington Wines raises $1.5 million
More than 3,500 attendees donate generously to Seattle Children’s Hospital
SEATTLE (August 18, 2009) – The 22nd annual Auction of Washington Wines, held August 13-15 in Woodinville,
WA, at the Chateau Ste. Michelle, raised $1.5 million for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and
the Washington Wine Education Foundation.
“This is a very respectable amount in the face of a difficult economy. It’s also a real statement of the loyalty from
our constituents – donors and patrons – to support Seattle Children’s Hospital in such a generous way,” said
Auction of Washington Wines Executive Director Carol Munro.
The Auction of Washington Wines broke many all-time records this year, including more Friday night winemaker
dinners than ever before. About 530 wine lovers attended 15 dinners around the greater Seattle area. This year
the Auction also featured a new event called Revelry on Red Mountain, at Col Solare winery near Benton City. The
evening was a huge success with 130 attendees and 17 wineries. And the Covey Run 5K and 10K Run/Walk raised
$115,000 – more than $15,000 over last year.
Greg Lill, CEO/co-owner of DeLille Cellars, and Auction co-chairman for the last two years commented, “I am
continually impressed by the Washington wine industry’s commitment to give back to the community. Aside from
making some of the world’s best wines, our growers and vintners reach deep each and every year to give what
they can for Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Washington Wine Education Foundation. This year was no
Some of the top auction items included:
Raise your Paddle for Seattle Children’s Hospital – more than $400,000
Picnic Barrel Auction proceeds - $44,000
Super Bowl XLIV Package for two - auctioned two times for a total of $36,000
Travel with the Seahawks for two - auctioned three times for a total of $26,500
2009 Commemorative Magnum of one-of-a-kind DeLille Cellars blend – 70