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13th Annual Winter Wine Spectacular:Food, Friends & Fabulous Wine Raise $180,000 for Easter Seals Clients

Oh what a night! The 13th Annual Winter Wine Spectacular for Easter Seals NH sponsored by RiverStone Resources LLC and presented by The New Hampshire Wine and Liquor Outlets as the largest event of Wine Week 2016, was a huge success with more than 1,500 varieties of wine, scrumptious food from local restaurants and specialty food shops, wine makers from around the world, and the generosity of 1,600 attendees. The Radisson Hotel in Manchester played host to this hugely popular event that raised more than $180,000 to help young children with disabilities and special needs served by Easter Seals NH.
 
This event specifically benefits the Early Supports & Services program for young children from birth to 3-years old. These services ensure that a child's development is on track during those first critical years including speech and physical therapy. Concerns addressed during this time can prevent secondary problems that may interfere with learning, playing, building friendships and developing self-confidence.
The Bellman Jeweler's Cellar Select room provided guests with the opportunity to sample high-quality, international wines. One lucky guest Brenda Gaffney-Larkin (Weare, NH) won the Gabriel & Co. diamond icicle pendant raffle, valued at $1,300.
 
The Grand Silent Auction was filled with 150 items along with artwork provided by NH Institute of Art students, with all pieces highlighting the beauty of wine and food. The auction raised over $19,000. In addition to the auction, 12 lucky winners each won a case of assorted wines from the Tower of Wine Raffle, sponsored by Exel Inc.
 
This event attracted over 60 wine makers and vineyard owners from around the world who shared their knowledge about and passion for wine with the guests who sipped from Riedel Crystal stemware sponsored by Porsche of Nashua.
 
Other major sponsors of the sold out event included: New Hampshire Magazine, New Hampshire Business Review, NH Home Magazine, 95.7 WZID & The Mill, Northwestern Mutual, Signature Digital Imaging, Rise Private Wealth Management, Pepsi, Central Paper, Silver Image Photography, The Rowley Agency, and WNA Comet.
 
Also part of Wine Week 2016 was the Cellar Notes event presented by the NH Liquor and Wine Outlets Tasting Series. This unique seminar-style, highly-interactive wine tasting featured five leading wine experts who shared their favorite wines and diverse winemaking styles. The wine experts in attendance were Owner of Serge Dore Selections Serge Dore, Co-Owner of Robert Sinskey Vineyards Maria Helm Sinskey, Winemaker at Columbia Crest Laura Sorge, Master Sommelier at Justin Vineyard & Winery Joe Spellman, and Winemaker at Carpineto Wines Antonio Zaccheo Jr. Throughout the course of the evening, guests were able sip, graze and rub elbows with some of the best in the industry while raising an additional $6,000 for Easter Seals Early Supports and Services. Sponsors of the Cellar Notes included Citizens Bank, Rise Private Wealth Management, Coca-Cola, and the Puritan Backroom.
 
About Easter Seals New Hampshire
For 80 years Easter Seals NH has provided exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Easter Seals services include autism services, inclusive child care and early intervention, special education, medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, vocational services, senior services, substance abuse services, adult day programs, community based services, individual service options, transportation services, residential service options, dental services and veteran services. As a leader in health care services for individuals with disabilities and special needs, ESNH employs more than 1,400 individuals who serve more than 13,450 children, adults and seniors in over 90 programs throughout the state. To learn more about Easter Seals NH, visit www.easterseals.com/nh.

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