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Wine and Roses gala benefits Health Trust

WATSONVILLE — The Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust’s annual fundraiser, An Evening of Wine and Roses, is scheduled for Nov. 2 from 6–9 p.m. at the Crosetti Building at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.

This annual gala unites Santa Cruz Mountains vintners, local restauranteurs and caterers, and members of our community in a harvest celebration that raises resources for the Health Trust’s programs and services to improve health and quality of life for Pajaro Valley residents.

“With this annual celebration of the fall harvest, we highlight the abundant blessings of this fertile region,” said Caitlin Brune, Health Trust CEO. “As we move into our 20th year of service, we celebrate all those who have played a role in fostering health for local individuals and recommit to uniting our diverse and hard-working community to realize a vision of health equity, where every person has unfettered opportunities to flourish.” 

This year’s event includes tastes of wines from 22 Santa Cruz Mountains wineries alongside gourmet hors d’oeuvres provided by more than a dozen local restaurants and caterers. Roses and other flowers cultivated in the Pajaro Valley will be displayed, with rose bouquets on sale. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in live and silent auctions featuring gourmet dinners, unique gifts and collectibles, original art and special wine varietals.

This year, the Health Trust is holding a Winner’s Choice Raffle, where the winner chooses from a vacation in Cancun, Mexico or Key West, Fla. Raffle tickets are $100 each and only 200 will be sold. Second prize is $1,000 cash.

In addition, a live auction will feature a two-night stay for up to 10 people in South Lake Tahoe, a behind-the-scenes tour of Santa Cruz Naturals Medical Cannabis dispensary followed by snacks at Bittersweet Bistro for a party of six, and a collection of wines, original artwork, getaways and other dinner parties.

In keeping with an event tradition established in 2008, the Health Trust has produced a Wine and Roses commemorative poster, available for purchase at the event. The 3D painting used to create this year’s poster was contributed by artist Ben Davis, and a Giclée print of the painting will be offered to the highest bidder during the event’s live auction. 

“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of participating wineries, restaurants, rose growers, artists, volunteers, local business sponsors and thousands of community residents. These diverse benefactors have contributed invaluable support over so many years,” said Health Trust Board Chair Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson.

Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $75 each at pvhealthtrust.org or by calling 761-5639. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $85.00 each.


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