Portland, October 1st. The Classic Wines Auction supports the good work of Oregon non-profit organizations by providing funds to pre-selected entities benefiting children and families. The Classic Wines Auction partners with organizations with the following characteristics: mission compatibility, effective organizational management, sound financial practices, Board-led fundraising, sustainability, and a solid volunteer network. Participation is by invitation only. Classic Wines Auction does not anticipate any available openings for new charity partners for 2013 events.

The 2013 beneficiaries are:

Metropolitan Family Service, which helps to strengthen families and individuals while enhancing their participation in community life.

New Avenues for Youth, which helps homeless youth overcome tragic childhoods, exit the streets, and become productive members of our community.

Friends of the Children – Portland, a mentoring program providing at-risk children with sustained adult role models.

YWCA Clark County, offering life-changing services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and homelessness.

Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel, one of Oregon’s largest providers of pediatric  inpatient and trauma services, providing excellent care to infants, children  and teens in Portland and the Northwest.

Here are some upcoming events for The Classic Wines Auction.

November 13-15, 2012 – Fall Winemaker Dinners

February 25, 2013 – Walla Walla Wine @ Pure Space
February 19-21 and 26-28, 2013
– Spring Winemaker Dinners       

March 1, 2013 – Ambassadors Dinner
March 2, 2013
– Classic Wines Auction

Over the past several years, the Classic Wines Auction has also supported the following children’s charities: Trillium Family Services, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oregon and Southwest Washington, SMART® (Start Making A Reader Today), The Boys and Girls Aid Society of Oregon, The Christie School and Tuality Healthcare (dba ¡Salud!).

What began as a small group of friends exchanging wine from personal collections to raise funds for Portland’s Metropolitan Family Service, the Classic Wines Auction has evolved into one of the top ten charity wine auctions in the United States according to Wine Spectatormagazine, prompting organizers to form a separate nonprofit entity in July 2004.

Since 2005, the Classic Wines Auction has raised an average of at least $2 million each year and since inception, the Auction has raised over $28 million. Classic Wines Auction’s expanded events now benefit over 82,000 children & families annually served by our charity partners. Classic Wines Auction charities are providing services, hope and opportunity to change the lives of thousands in our community.