Kiwanis wine tasting benefit helps local groups

WineSpring may be late in arriving this year, but on Saturday, March 16, the Norfield Parish Hall was turned into a field of buds and blooms as the Weston Kiwanis Club prepared for the annual wine tasting event.

Greeted by Kiwanians and Key Club members, guests were treated to an evening of international wines provided by Peter’s Spirit Shop and hors d’oeuvres by Bon Soiree of Westport. The beneficiaries of this year’s event were the Weston Warm-Up Fund, Weston Social Services, and the Weston Kiwanis Club Foundation.

Ticket sales and a silent auction designed to appeal to a broad range of interests raised over $20,000 for the three beneficiaries.

Dawn Egan from the Weston Warm-Up Fund and Charlene Chang-Hillman from Weston Social Services extended a heartfelt thank-you to all of the wine tasting’s supporters and volunteers. According to Ms. Egan, who said that the wine tasting “epitomizes the best of Weston,” the funds raised for the Warm-Up Fund will help “over 50 households stay safe and warm.”

Ms. Chang-Hillman noted the immediate impact of the funds: “The significant donation is already being used to help our many families in need to prevent electric shutoff, stay warm and buy fresh foods and dairy products. Thanks to the generosity of the members of the Weston Kiwanis Club, these families were able to remain in their homes through this unrelenting winter.”

The Kiwanis Club of Weston, an organization dedicated to community service, sponsors a variety of programs and events to raise funds for local organizations whose activities benefit the community at large. The club’s membership is open to all men and women living or working in the area.

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