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    2013 Central Coast Wine Classic Auction Results

    The 2013 Central Coast Wine Classic Rare & Fine Wine & Lifestyle Auction Announces Auction Results, including $162,000 Donated to the MUST! Charities of Templeton, California, through the Annual Fund-A-Need Auction Lot!

    The 2013 Central Coast Wine Classic, held from Thursday, July 11 through Sunday, July 14, announces its Auction results. Termed the Rare & Fine Wine & Lifestyle Auction and held at the Avila Beach Golf Resort in Avila Beach on Saturday, July 13, it included offerings of rare wines and lifestyle packages from the Central Coast of California and other wine and culinary destinations in California, as well as those from around the United States and throughout the world. It also included remarkable art works from exceptional California artists, including Yuroz, Colleen Gnos, James-Paul Brown, Robert Burridge, Joanne Ruggles, Edward Walton Wilcox, Joanne Licsko and Adam Licsko.

    This year’s Live Auction raised $703,895. With proceeds from the Silent Auction at $36,487, the wine and lifestyle offerings raised $740,382. The Live Auction total includes the Annual Fund-A-Need Auction Lot, which inured to the benefit of MUST! Charities in Templeton for the purpose of feeding underprivileged children, and which raised an astounding $162,000 in just under 15 minutes!

    Founder & Chairman Archie McLaren stated, “The most gratifying aspect of our proceedings was the remarkable result for MUST! Charities, particularly in view of the continuing economic uncertainties in the United States and abroad. However, our state-wide and nation-wide demographic audience is extraordinary, coming from roughly 200 California communities and 25 states, as well as several countries abroad, and they generously and altruistically rose to the occasion, as the Fund-A-Need donors were predominantly from out of the San Luis Obispo County area. That shows you the major impact the Wine Classic continues to have on tourism here.”

    The most successful Wine & Lifestyle Auction Lots were a Relais & Chateaux French Wine Country Excursion for Four People for $50,000, an AMA Waterways 13-day Cruise from Madrid to Lisbon for Four Couples for $40,000 and a 2013 Harvest Dinner for Thirty People presented by Au Bon Climat winery and the Buellton Hitching Post restaurant for $30,000.

    From net proceeds from the Wine Classic, the 501(c)3 Central Coast Wine Classic Foundation funds specific projects for 501(c)3 non-profit corporations in San Luis Obispo County and Santa Barbara County whose missions are in the Healing, Performing or Studio Arts. Over the past ten years, from 2004 through 2013, the Foundation has granted $2,311,555 to 114 such non-profits.

    Expresses McLaren, “This year took us significantly over the $2,000,000 mark in grants, and our current goal is to top the two and a half million dollar mark during our Thirtieth Annual Wine Classic in July of 2014. We feel confident in so doing thanks to all of our gracious and generous supporters.”

    Grants for 2013 are conferred in the Fall and this year include the following beneficiaries:

    Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara; Heaven Can Wait Equine Sanctuary in San Miguel; Los Osos Middle School PTSA Music Supporters; Meathead Movers Wrestling Club from San Luis Obispo; San Luis Obispo Child Abuse Prevention Council; Sansum Clinic Cancer Center in Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara Botanical Garden; Symphony of the Vines from Atascadero; Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County in San Luis Obispo and Woods Humane Society in San Luis Obispo. As indicated, the Annual Fund-A-Need Auction Lot Proceeds inured to the benefit of MUST! Charities in Templeton.

    The Official Hotel venue of the 2014 Thirtieth Annual Central Coast Wine Classic is the Avila Lighthouse Suites, directly across the street from the beach and park in Downtown Avila Beach.

    The Thirtieth Annual Central Coast Wine Classic will take place from Thursday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13, 2013, and the annual kick-off Black-Tie Dinner at Hearst Castle will showcase extraordinary chefs from throughout California, including Napa, Carmel, Los Angeles, Buellton, Santa Barbara and Carpinteria. Symposia will be presented on a variety of subjects, including French Champagne, Pinot Noir from throughout California, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and White and Red Rhone Wines from San Luis Obispo County. The Annual Barrel Tasting and Reserve Tasting will take place in Avila Beach at the Avila Lighthouse Suites and the Avila Beach Golf Resort respectively. The Official Hotel venue of the 2012 Central Coast Wine Classic will be the Avila Lighthouse Suites, and the Official Auction venue will be the Avila Beach Golf Resort.

    Beneficiary grant applications for the 2014 Central Coast Wine Classic are sent in October with a December 15 deadline for filing. Beneficiaries will be chosen by the Foundation’s Board of Directors in January of 2014.




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