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AUCTION OF NORTHWEST WINES RAISES $227,000 FOR CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL

 AUCTION OF NORTHWEST WINES RAISES $227,000 FOR CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
 WOODINVILLE, Wash., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The fifth annual Auction of Northwest Wines raised $227,000 for Seattle's Children's Hospital & Medical Center. The auction is the largest single fundraising event for the hospital.
 Auction co-chairperson Victor Peters said, "It's all about the kids. We're really pleased we can help."
 In only its fifth year, this event ranks among the top ten wine charity auctions. The auction was founded in the spirit of the granddaddy of all wine auctions, the Hospices de Beaune in France. For centuries, vintners have donated their wines to aid those in need. Honoring that tradition, the wineries of Washington, Ore., and Idaho chose the Seattle hospital as its beneficiary. The hospital provides more than $24 million in free care to families who otherwise cannot pay their medical costs.
 "This was also a triumph of the culinary spirit," added Kim Tobin of Ray's Boathouse. "Not only did great vintners from the Northwest come together, so too did great chefs."
 Chateau Ste. Michelle's John Sarich, Fuller's Monique Barbeau, Gretchen's Of Course Michael Tobin, Kaspar's on The Bay's Kaspar Donier and Ray's Boathouse Wayne Ludvigsen all pitched in to feed the mouths of 600 hungry bidders.
 Presiding over the festivities were honorary auction co-chairpersons William Hill of Oregon's Van Duzer Winery and Phillip Woodward of San Francisco's Chalone Wine Company.
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