VANCOUVER, Wash.—The Classic Wines Auction presented YWCA Clark County with a check for $486,286 at YWCA’s offices in Vancouver. This year’s auction raised more than $3 million for six benefiting charities in Southwest Washington and Oregon. On hand for the check presentation were, Heather Martin (CWA ED), Sherri Bennett (YWCA ED), Kate Sacamano (YWCA Development Director), Paul Vogel (CWA Board Member).

In its centennial year, the nonprofit received a record donation from the auction. YWCA Clark County provides resources to families and individuals in need, with a focus on eliminating racism and empowering women. The YWCA runs the only domestic violence center in Clark County, providing over 6,000 bed nights each year. Additionally, they serve 12,000 people annually struggling with domestic violence, sexual assault and homelessness. The also provide resources for early childhood education and foster care in the region.

“Our organization is fortunate and thankful for our years of partnership with Classic Wines Auction,” said Sherri Bennett, Executive Director for YWCA Clark County. “With their dedicated support and other donors, we are able to help women, children and families in need in Clark County and the Portland metro area.”

This year’s five other benefiting charities are Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children-Portland, Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and Special Olympics Oregon.

Since its inception in 1982, the Classic Wines Auction has raised almost $40 million for children and families in the community. For more information about the Classic Wines Auction, call (503) 972-0194 or visit www.classicwinesauction.com

About Classic Wines Auction

Consistently recognized as one of the top ten charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator magazine since 2001, the Classic Wines Auction has raised almost $40 million for Portland-area charities since its inception in 1982. Based in Portland, OR., First Growth Children and Family Charities is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing the Classic Wines Auction and related food and wine events to raise funds for local charities benefiting children and families, including: Metropolitan Family Service (MFS), New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children-Portland, YWCA Clark County, Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel and Special Olympics Oregon. For more information about the Classic Wines Auction and each of its annual fundraising events, visit www.classicwinesauction.com.

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