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31st annual Classic Wines Auction set for March 7

Gala benefits 82,000 area children and families

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The 31st Classic Wines Auction will be held March 7. The gala is a benefit for five charity organizations in the metropolitan area.

Based in Portland, First Growth Children and Family Charities Inc., dba Classic Wines Auction, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing the Classic Wines Auction and related food and wine events to raise funds for local charities benefitting children and families.

Consistently recognized as one of the top 10 charity wine auctions in the country by Wine Spectator Magazine since 2001, the CWA has raised more than $33 million for Portland area charities since its inception in 1982.

Attended by more than 900 wine and food enthusiasts from around the country, the gala auction includes a pre-dinner wine tasting, a five-course culinary feast prepared by top guest chefs, selected wines from national and international wine ambassadors, and a silent and live auction. The gala begins at 5 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center. Tickets are $1,000 per person.

At the Ambassadors Dinner before the auction, up to 200 guest join wine ambassadors to dine on an elegant meal prepared by guest chefs. This event is for sponsors only.

The two weeks leading up to the auction including winemaker dinners pairing Portland’s finest chefs along with top domestic and international winemakers, as well as the popular Walla Walla Wine at Pure Space event. The newest CWA event, Corks and Forks, is a wine tasting for young professionals featuring local restaurants and wineries in an urban setting.

The Spring Winemaker Dinners are held at various locations and are scheduled from Feb. 24-26 and March 3-5. During these six evenings, 39 winemakers will pair celebrated wines with gourmet cuisine at 31 restaurants throughout the Portland metropolitan area. All dinners begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for Corks and Forks, to be held June 11 are $45 per person. Tickets for Walla Walla Wine at Pure Space on March 2 are $60 each. Tickets for the Winemaker Dinners are $150 per person, gratuity included. Advance payment is required; no seats will be held without payment.

Metropolitan Family Service is dedicated to building stronger communities by providing services, connecting people with resources and offering volunteer opportunities throughout the Portland area. Learn more online at metfamily.org.

New Avenues for Youth has a mission to help each youth reach their fullest potential by offering a continuum of outcome-based services that empower homeless youth to exit street life and prevent other youth from becoming homeless.

Friends of the Children — Portland is a revolutionary one-on-one mentoring program that provides paid professional mentors, called Friends, to the community’s most vulnerable children.

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

Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel is a new state of the art nine-story facility providing a comprehensive array of acute and specialty pediatric services to critically ill and injured children throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $50 for a chance to win a prize pack of $100 gift certificates to many of the participating restaurants. Tickets are available for purchase online now and at the Spring Winemaker Dinners. Drawing for the raffle prizes will be held at 9 a.m. March 27 at the Classic Wines Auction office and winners will be notified by phone.

To learn more and purchase tickets, visit www.classicwinesauction.com or call 503-972-0194.

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