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2009-12-17
Media Contact: Meagan Callahan
Phone: 805.239.8463

WINE COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTES MORE THAN $45,000 TO LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS IN 2009
Community Organizations Honored at Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance December Membership Meeting

Paso Robles, CA (December 17, 2009) The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance contributed more than $45,000 to 14 community organizations in San Luis Obispo County in 2009. A portion of the proceeds ($26,000) were raised at the Zinfandel Festival (March 21, 2009) and Wine Festival (May 16, 2009) auctions and were gifted back to six organizations at the December Membership Meeting on December 15, 2009. These proceeds focus on health, education and community services to the growing workforce and their families. In 2009 the Alliance was also able to donate an additional $19,000 to eight other organizations through in-kind and monetary donations and were honorably mentioned at the December Membership Meeting.

“The Paso Robles Wine community is proud to give back to the population that makes so much of what we do possible,” said Stacie Jacob, executive director of the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. "To date, the Alliance has been able to contribute over $125,000 to local organizations.” The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance was honored to gift more than $45,000 in proceeds to 14 of the following organizations:

Monetary Donations Gifted on December 15, 2009

Artistic Resources Team, A.R.T. - $2,000
Boys and Girls Club of North San Luis Obispo County - $2,000
Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County- $5,000
La Clinica de Tolosa Dental Clinic - $10,000
Paso Robles Library Foundation - $5,000
Wellness Community – Paso Robles- $2,000

In-Kind and Monetary Donations Gifted Throughout 2009

Boy Scout Troop 60
Heritage Oaks Family Fun Day & Fun Run
Hospice of San Luis Obispo County
California Mid-State Fair Junior Livestock Auction
Paderewski Festival
Paso Robles Pioneer Day
Studios on the Park
Wine Country 1/2 Marathon & 5K Run

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance began its commitment to support the local community that supports the wine industry in 2006 with funds raised at the 14th Annual Zinfandel Festival. For the first time in 2009, the Alliance facilitated a Wine Country Auction during Wine Festival, furthering the Alliance’s dedication to giving dollars back to the community. The Wine Country Auction enriches Zinfandel Festival and Wine Festival by providing a charitable platform to exciting marquee events in wine country. Festival goers are encouraged to bid on wine and lifestyle items that are not available through commercial or retail outlets. Auction lots include signed large format library wines, wine country getaway packages and the annual collaborative blend wine.

Save-the-date for 2010 Wine Country Auctions

18th Annual Zinfandel Festival: March 19 – 21, 2010 - The Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival marquee event puts the fun back in Zinfandel by combining a classic Zin Tasting with a Wine Country Auction on Saturday, March 20, 2010.

28th Annual Wine Festival: May 21 – 23, 2010 – The Wine Festival marquee event is full of exciting surprises including a revamped Wine Country Auction with thrilling auction lots unavailable anywhere else. Visit www.pasowine.com in February for details!

Tickets for Zinfandel Festival are now on sale and Wine Festival tickets will be available in February. Both event weekends are filled with individual activities at area wineries. For more information on Paso Robles Wine Country events, visit www.pasowine.com.

The Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance represents wineries, growers and businesses in Paso Robles Wine Country. Centrally located between
San Francisco and Los Angeles, along California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country is California’s fastest growing wine region.
It encompasses more than 26,000 vineyard acres and more than 180 wineries.
For more information, visit www.pasowine.com

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