Gay Lyons: Birthday boy takes home wine cellar in Breakthrough event
Breakthrough, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults with autism, held its “Take Home the Cellar” fundraiser earlier this spring at St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Guests enjoyed an evening of delicious food and wine sampling — all while raising $4,500 in donations for the charity.
Guests were asked to bring two bottles of the same wine, one for a blind tasting and one for the “wine cellar.” Guests tasted wines throughout the evening, and the owner of the wine selected as “best wine” took home all the bottles in the “wine cellar.” This year’s “big winner” was the Brazin Zinfandel 2010 contributed by John Buchanan, who also was celebrating his birthday and took home more than 40 bottles of red wine to do so.
New this year at the event, Breakthrough featured a silent auction of jewelry handcrafted in silver, gold, and copper by local artist Michael Capps. A portion of his proceeds were generously donated to Breakthrough. Additional sponsors included Cushman & Wakefield Cornerstone, who supported the event for the second year in memory of Don Brewer; Hart Graphics; and Fraley & Schilling Inc. The event was also a service learning project for Pellissippi State Community College with the setup and food preparation done by the students in instructor Holly Knowlings’ catering class.