Toast to Your Health Wine Auction Raises $500,000 For James P. Wilmot Cancer Center

December 06, 2006

More than 400 people enjoyed sampling wine from throughout the world and bidding on exquisite wine packages.

The Toast to Your Health Fine Wine Auction raised more than $500,000 for the University of Rochester Medical Center’s James P. Wilmot Cancer Center comprehensive campaign to expand cancer care and research for upstate New York. 

“It was an amazing event for wine lovers and for the Wilmot Cancer Center,” said Michael Misch, who helped organize the event with Sherwood Deutsch of Century Liquors. “We have already begun planning next year’s event that will include more wines and more vintners, as the word is now out in the wine community about this event.”

The Nov. 17 auction, attended by more than 400 people, is considered the premier wine event for upstate New York. 

More than 400 people enjoyed an elegant five-course dinner and a spirited auction of rare wines, fabulous wine adventures, and wonderful wine dinners led by well known Napa Valley auctioneer David Reynolds. 

Among the lots auctioned was a wine tasting tour through the Burgundy region of France which was sold to two bidders for $25,000 each. “The Judgment in Paris Revisited” went for $25,000 and the winning bidders will taste all of the Cabernet and Bordeaux (including 2000 Margaux, 2000 Latour, 2001 Shafer Hillside Select, and 2001 Stags Leap Cask 23) that were part of the actual tasting conducted earlier this year in Paris.  

A “Perfect 100” wine dinner that includes only 100-point wines raised almost $14,000 when the final gavel went down.  And more than $140,000 was raised, when the attendees raised their paddles to support the purchase of chemotherapy infusion chairs for the new Wilmot Cancer Center facility under construction on the University of Rochester Medical Center campus.

Napa Valley winemaker Rob Fisher of Fisher Vineyards attended and was quite popular as he poured the 2003 Fisher Lamb Vineyard Cabernet to excited attendees.   Fisher also generously donated three magnums of his wine that were snapped up in the auction. 

Other wines included in the auction were Screaming Eagle, Harlan Estate, Bryant Family, Quilceda Creek verticals, and magnums of Gaja Sperss, Gaja Sori San Lorenzo, and Gaja Sori Tilden.

Proceeds supported the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center’s $42.5 million comprehensive campaign, which includes construction of a new facility to expand its local cancer care and research to help find cures. This comprehensive campaign will lay the foundation to create one of the top cancer centers in the nation.

The Wilmot Cancer Center is the leader in cancer care and research for Upstate New York.

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