Like to run? Walk? Drink wine? Enjoy a beautiful day for a tremendously good cause? Who doesn’t?
3rd Annual Viticulture Event Raises Funds for College-Bound Students and Local Charities
Raising support for scholarships, local charities, and research in viticulture and enology through the American Vineyard Foundation, the 3rd Annual Winery Walk, Rock and Run will take place June 2, 2012, from 9AM to 3PM among the vines of the picturesque Paraiso Vineyards.
The 5-mile course through private vineyards will benefit the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Foundation (MCVGF), which raises funds and provides scholarship opportunities to agricultural employee’s children. As tuition costs continue to rise and other scholarship support funds continue to disappear, the local demand for education assistance has never been greater. Since the MCVGF made its first scholarship, recipients have been the first in their family to attend college and look forward to giving back to their community and making their families proud. All recipients have shown leadership qualities in academics, extracurricular participation, and community involvement. In 2011, over $15,000 were awarded to local Monterey County students.
“Last year’s Winery Walk, Rock and Run was a stellar experience for all involved – even in inclement weather! – which shows just how strongly the local wine community feels about supporting their next generation,” said Rhonda Motil, Executive Director of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Foundation. “Participants get to share in a beautiful, unique experience while knowing that they are directly impacting the life of an aspiring college student. It’s a simple, fun way to make a real difference in our community.”
Registration starts at 9 AM, with the walk/run beginning at 10 AM at Paraiso Vineyards, located at 38060 Paraiso Springs Road in Soledad. Upon completion of the course, each participant will be presented with a finisher’s tee shirt on the way to the after-party, where they can relax with massages from Aquablue Skin and Body Spa, and groove to live music from The Wild Turkeys. Lunch will be provided by Tacos Pacheco Taqueria, Portobello’s, and the Salad Shoppe, along with local wine and beer. It will be a great day in Monterey County’s Santa Lucia Highlands to enjoy fitness, beautiful vineyards, family, friends and a very good cause.
To participate in the walk, minimum donations begin at $100. Discounted team rates are available for walking groups of six or more. The MCVGF site, www.MontereyWines.org, has a simple online tool to register for the walk and create a customized walker page in order to begin securing donations from family, friends, and colleagues to support their efforts. While the prize for the participant who raises the most is an Apple iPad2, awards will also be presented to teams with the most funds raised, team spirit, and best costumes. All donations are tax deductible (Tax ID #31-1790962). Family and friends can cheer and enjoy the post-party activities with a spectator ticket for just $30.