Portland, July 2nd. The Classic Wines Auction, Inc. handed out 1.7 million dollars to four worthy local nonprofits. Classic Wine Auction (CWA), presented by Bank of America and US Trust, delivered a check for $455,000 to Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) . The donation will help MFS continue to service 37,000 low-income individuals and families. Pictured (from right to left) are: George Hosfield, CWA Board Member; Karen Hinsdale, CWA Board Member; Eva Kripalani, MFS Board Vice Chair; Jim Fitzhenry, CWA Board Member; Keith Barnes, CWA Board Member; Krista Larson, MFS Executive Director; and Heather Martin, CWA Executive Director.
Metropolitan Family Service is the original auction beneficiary and remains highly involved with CWA to this day. “With the support of the community, the Classic Wines Auction has been able to help four charities serve roughly 44,000 children and families annually in Oregon and southwest Washington,” said Roger Hinshaw, Bank of America President of Oregon & Southwest Washington. “I am so honored to be part of an organization that gives back to such deserving charities as Metropolitan Family Services.”
The Classic Wines Auction, Inc. delivered a check for $505,000 to New Avenues for Youth. The amount reflected the second largest disbursement New Avenues has received from CWA in more than eight years. New Avenues is a Portland-based nonprofit that prevents and intervenes in youth homelessness.
The Classic Wines Auction, Inc. delivered a check for $390,000 to Friends of the Children, representing the largest distribution from CWA to FOTC since 2008. Friends of the Children is a Portland-based nonprofit that provides vulnerable children a nurturing and sustained relationship with a professional mentor who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child to become healthy, productive members of the community.
The Classic Wines Auction, Inc. delivered a check for $350,000 to YWCA Clark County on June 27, 2012. The donation amount represents roughly fifty percent of YWCA Clark County’s philanthropic-related income for the year.
The majority of the funds given out were raised during the annual Classic Wines Auction fundraising gala this March. As one of the largest fundraisers in Oregon, CWA is dedicated to producing premiere food and wine events to raise funds for local charities.
CWA partners with organizations with the following characteristics: mission compatibility, effective organizational management, sound financial practices, board-led fundraising, sustainability and a solid volunteer network.