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Gala Wine Tasting to Benefit Patients at URMC

Strong Memorial Hospital Event Marks 21st Anniversary

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

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. 10, in the Ballroom of the Rochester Hyatt Regency Hotel. Presented by the University of Rochester Medical Center’s volunteer services group, Friends of Strong, the event marks its 21st year raising money for patients and families at Strong Memorial Hospital.

13WHAM Anchor Rachel Barnhart will emcee the event. The festive occasion will 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 five pairs of round-trip airline tickets – on a domestic carrier will conclude the gala.

Friends of Strong Director Louise Criticos said “Our mission to enhance patient care has broadened significantly since 1926 because of ever-increasing demand. In 2010 more than1,500 dedicated volunteers contributed 152,301 hours of work. Financing the work we do would not be possible 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.”

Sponsor Century Liquor and Wines will curate the selection of wines which will feature vintages from local and notable wineries. A partial list includes: Dr. Frank Wine Cellars, Bully Hill Vineyards, Heron Hill Winery, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, Standing Stone Vineyards, Wagner Vineyards, Constellation Brands, Fox Run Vineyards, Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard, Glenora Wine Cellars, Swedish Hill Winery, Knapp Vineyards and Brotherhood Winery.

Tickets to the Gala Wine Tasting are $50 per person or $45 per person for parties of four or more. To purchase tickets, please call the Friends of Strong office at (585) 275-2420. Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card are accepted.

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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