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'Wine About Malaria' benefit event is tonight

Hayden’s Lakefront Grill in Tualatin is teaming up with Seufert Winery in Dayton to help eliminate malaria in Africa. Small group tastings will be offered at Hayden’s from 6 to 9 p.m. today (Thursday) at this event called “Wine About Malaria.”

Proceeds from each $10 ticket will buy and deliver a mosquito net that will protect a vulnerable child or adult living where the last vestiges of malaria remain. April 25 has been designated World Malaria Day.

Coordinator of the Tualatin event is community activist Emilie Kroen who is scheduling the samplings in 30-minute waves so winemaker Jim Seufert can describe his award-winning vintages in detail while tasting. Bottle purchases will also be available with 20 percent of sales donated to fight malaria as well. Also available are $10 raffle tickets for a wine basket of Seufert’s popular selections.

Kroen is active in a national Imagine No Malaria Advocacy Network that works with other world-wide organizations committed to the cause. As a wine enthusiast herself, she decided to combine her interests, and Hayden’s Lakefront Grill and Seufort Winery quickly agreed to support the effort.

“Malaria is preventable, treatable and beatable,” said Kroen, who traveled to Washington, D.C., last year to lobby for more federal support. “A child in Africa dies of this disease every 60 seconds, but it is spread by the bite of a mosquito at night.”

“Insecticide-treated nets protect people while they sleep, but we know that eliminating standing water, sanitation, education, access to medicine and teaching people how to prevent the spread of the disease are equally important and part of this campaign as well,” she added.

America eradicated malaria in the early 1950s after learning how to combat its spread during the building of the Panama Canal. Africa is now one of the few places where the disease is still a major killer, Kroen said. Infected persons first experience flu-like symptoms, fever, vomiting and severe joint pain followed by convulsions, organ failure and death.

For more information about the disease, visit nomoremalaria.org. An instant donation of $10 for a mosquito net can be made by texting “MALARIA” to 27722.

Hayden’s Lakefront Grill is located on the Lake of the Commons at 8187 S.W. Tualatin Sherwood Road.

For more information about the event and tickets, contact Kroen at 503-312-4138 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




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