Where might you get your hands on a 2003 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac? We can’t speak for this year, but last year it would have been at Hospice of the Valley‘s (HOV) Off the Vine Vintage Wine Auction. The organization’s annual fundraiser is back October 11, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa. Attendees will have the chance, once again, to obtain rare and hard-to-find wines from collectors and vintners who open their private cellars for this special evening.
When the event began 13 years ago, it was the first of its kind in the Valley.
“We wanted to create a unique, different, more intimate event,” said Dan Santy, HOV board member and one of the founders of Off the Vine.
He was familiar with the success of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction in Idaho and thought it would be a great experience to bring to Phoenix. This idea proved true, as it continues to be a signature event in Arizona, with attendance growing each year.
“I’m always amazed at how generous people are, year after year. We have a lot of the same folks but a lot of new people each year, either that have just moved to the Valley or who have started to spend a fair amount of time here,” said Santy.
In the beautiful garden of the Royal Palms Resort & Spa, beneath a starry sky, guests are invited to sample various foods from top Valley purveyors paired with unique wines. Silent and live auctions include fine wines, unique culinary experiences and exciting vineyard trips, providing access to many sought-after items that can’t be found in retail stores. To locate such gems would take quite some time, if they could be found at all, but HOV makes them available to guests all in one night, while raising money for a wonderful organization at the same time.
Because of this, “The bidding is fun to watch,” said Santy. “Even if you’re not a wine lover or a collector, it’s a really fun event that is much different than a traditional fundraiser. It’s a really nice evening with friends, raising money for a great cause.”
Even if attendees choose not to participate in the auction or don’t have a winning bid, there is still an opportunity to donate to HOV’s “Fund a Need.” These contributions go towards the organization’s many programs that provide support in various forms, creating an environment that calms the nerves of the patients and their families.
Such programs make Hospice of the Valley unique, and while the primary goal of the event is to raise funds, the night provides a chance to thank donors, educate guests about the organization and leave them with an understanding of why HOV has earned itself such a positive reputation.
“It’s an opportunity for Hospice of the Valley to showcase new programs and their efficacy, and to distinguish itself as a not-for-profit organization,” said Santy.
Last year, Hospice of the Valley provided a total of $15.4 million in care to people without insurance or financial means. With the help of funds raised at the 2013 Off the Vine Vintage Wine Auction, this year is gearing up to be another great success. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this unique event, while supporting a great cause at the same time. To learn more about Hospice of the Valley, as well as event details and ticket, donation and sponsorship information, click here.
Article by Kirstin Havice