Destination Queenstown chief executive Graham Budd (left) at the Gibbston Valley Winery Gala Dinner and Charity Auction held in the winery's Barrel Hall on September 21. The event raised more than $14,000 for Cure Kids. Photo by Alex Griffith.
Gibbston Valley Winery raised $14,550 for Cure Kids at a gala
dinner and charity auction at the winery recently.
The September 21 event was attended by local residents and
visitors who also celebrated the release of the winery's 2012
Single Vineyard Pinot Noir.
Chief executive Greg Hunt said it was a ''magical night of
incredible wine, food, entertainment and charity''.
''I'm very proud to host an event that both celebrates our
wine and supports an amazing charity.''
It was the second year the winery had held a charity auction
in combination with a gala dinner to support the charity,
raising a total of $33,000 to date.
This year guests dug deep, bidding for auction items
including rare and large-format bottles of wine donated by
Gibbston Valley Winery, a winter collection dress donated by
Claire Bloom and various accommodation and attraction
packages donated by local businesses.
The black-tie event also featured a five-course menu and wine
pairing and entertainment from New Zealander Peter Urlich,
who is also a Cure Kids supporter.
Cure Kids chief executive Vicki Lee said said Queenstown was
a ''very special place'' for the organisation.
''Every single day we're driven to find cures for
life-threatening illnesses that affect so many of our kids
and we couldn't do it without the support of organisations
like Gibbston Valley Winery.
''We're very fortunate to work alongside so many generous
businesses in this beautiful part of the country.''