Gala Wine Tasting to Benefit Patients at URMC

Event that Helps Patients and Families at Strong Memorial Hospital Marks 20th Anniversary

December 20, 2010

Guests will sample hundreds of luscious domestic and imported wines and champagnes at the annual Gala Wine Tasting from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. Presented by the University of Rochester Medical Center’s volunteer services group, Friends of Strong, the event marks its 20th year raising money for patients and families at Strong Memorial Hospital.

The festive occasion will also include a delicious selection of finger foods to complement the wines: cheeses, breads, warm hors d’oeuvres and desserts. The Matt Valerio Trio will provide live jazz to enhance the informal evening. A silent auction and raffle of donated items, including round-trip airfare for two on Delta Airlines, will conclude the gala.

“Our mission to enhance patient care depends on the services of more than 1,300 dedicated volunteers at the Medical Center,” said Friends of Strong Director Louise Criticos. “We could not do the work we do without the help of fundraisers like the Gala Wine Tasting. We are fortunate that it has become such a popular event, and we urge everyone to come out and have a good time for a very good cause.”

Tickets to the Gala Wine Tasting are $50 per person or $45 per person for parties of four or more. Tickets will not be available at the door. To purchase tickets, please call the Friends of Strong office at (585) 275-2420. Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card are accepted. To order tickets by mail, download the invitation at http://www.stronghealth.com/about/fos/winetasting.cfm.

For a relaxing and worry-free end to the evening, Friends of Strong has negotiated a special rate for guests wishing to stay overnight at the Hyatt Regency. Please note guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend the event.

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Carole Dowling
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