Andrea DeMeer A memorable picture - the first time The Spotlight has ever been photobombed! To the right, Sara Smits of SummerGate Winery fills a glass for Caitlynn Pateman.

First class wine fest raises $17k for local projects

$17,000 raised by Princeton Rotary at the 14th annual Wine Fest

There was gourmet food, fine wines and much laughter.

It all added up to $17,000 raised by Princeton Rotary at the 14th annual Wine Fest held Saturday at Riverside Centre.

“We plan to put the funds back to into the community through a variety of ways,” said Josh Martell, Save On Foods manager and chairperson of this year’s event.

“[There will be] upgrades for each bed at the Princeton Hospital, interactive monitors and audio visual equipment, supporting Little Folks Nursery, the Leaders for Literacy program at our Skills Centre and the wildfire relief fund established by the Kamloops Rotary groups,” he said.

“We are also interested in extended service to international humanitarian efforts, like the polio plus campaign.”

Approximately 30 volunteers worked to make Wine Fest a success.

“It really is a two day job to get everything to the venue and then set up every last detail. Everyone did a phenomenal job getting everything together and making the night go seamlessly.”

About 166 people attended the function, which included 10 wineries and five local food vendors; Little Creek Grill, Livin It, Thomasina’s, Vermillion Fork and Save On Foods.

“It was truly a great evening that wouldn’t even be possible without the generous support of the businesses and the community coming together.

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Andrea DeMeer Mary Masiel and John Henry, both leading members of the Vermilion Forks Field Naturalists, enjoy the spread at the Save On Foods station.

Andrea DeMeer Barb Gagnon, organizer of Princeton’s annual Terry Fox Run, enjoys a glass of wine while chatting about a new fundraising idea she has to benefit the Canadian Cancer Society.

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