Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 3:24 pm

'Wine and Brews in the Valley' continues to expand, has raised $50,000 for WyCo groups

posted by Billie Owens in Warsaw, Warsaw Kiwanis Club, Business, Wine in the Valley.

Press release from Kevin Carlson, former chairman “Wine and Brews in the Valley” for the Warsaw Kiwanis Club:

It started as a fundraising idea and took off from there. Originally just "Wine in the Valley"; it brought people out and walking the streets, and seeing all the local businesses that we have here in Downtown Warsaw.

Over the last four years it has grown thanks to the support of the local businesses, and the loyal tasters that not only come back every year, but bring more friends. The Warsaw Kiwanis Club has been able to raise approximately $50,000 since it started. These dollars were spread around to about 25 different organizations and individuals.

The success of the event has also meant challenges in organizing and planning that have reached beyond what myself and our local Kiwanis Club can provide. In order for the event to continue, we needed to find a group that had enough volunteers to do all the tasks that were needed. Several groups were approached and in the end, the United Way of Wyoming County stepped forward.

We are pleased with the enthusiasm and spirit they have shown so far. They have divided up the various tasks and I am helping out in an advisory way when needed. I am confident that this event will continue to grow and be successful for them and the community. The additional volunteers that are on board will assure that the event will be the best it can be!

They have some new ideas that should make it easier for businesses to participate. They have a new website up already, www.WineAndBrewsInTheValley.com. If you have any questions, you can leave a message through the website, and the right person will get back to you.  

On behalf of the Warsaw Kiwanis, I'm pleased that the event will continue to grow and that the proceeds will help those in our community much the same as Kiwanis has. The Warsaw Kiwanis will still be present at the event, continuing the Basket auction and wine tub raffle at the check in location. Anyone wishing to donate a basket to this can contact me (Kevin Carlson at 786-2871).

I personally would like to thank the members of the Warsaw Kiwanis Club, my family (who put up with me), friends who volunteered, the Wyoming County Chamber, and members of the business community for helping me over the last four years with this event. I couldn't have done it without your support. It has been a pleasure working with everyone!

I hope to see you at “Wine and Brews in the Valley” -- 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16th(Note the new times, moved up one hour earlier.) Have a great day!

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