The South King County Group of Windermere Offices recently held a very fun and successful Foundation Wine Tasting Fundraiser.
The original goal was to raise $8000 after expenses. The actual amount ended up over $10,300! This amount, added to many contributions over the last several months, meant that the offices were able to grant $16,000 through the Windermere Foundation to 10 different agencies in South King County and Seattle, just before Christmas, to help provide food, clothing, utility bills and emergency housing for the many needy in the community.
The eight offices in the group pool their resources every year and combine efforts both in making grants and in fundraising efforts and include: Auburn, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Maple Valley, Renton, Renton-Tukwila South and West Campus.
This year, the offices recognized that available funds were down due to fewer closed transactions and that need was up due to the Recession. They wanted to do something to give more and decided to host the special fundraising event in December.
The event featured live music, a silent auction, three wine tasting stations hosted by Chandler Reach Winery, Kalamar Winery, Hells Canyon Winery and Zhoo Zhoo Winery and an experience to learn food/wine pairings from David LeClair, a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers.
A presentation was also made to the nearly 90 attendees highlighting the Windermere Foundation, how the donated funds would be used and if anyone could do more to support the Foundation’s efforts that night. One agent from the Auburn Office was so touched that she wrote a check for $2000 on the spot!
Thank you to all who attended and organized the event!