Wine lovers, and people aiming to aid a worthy cause, will come together on Nov. 13 for the sixth annual Wine & Dine with Hospice event at Benedict’s Plantation in Mandeville.
The event is a fundraiser for the Hospice Foundation of the South, which provides care to people in their final days. Wine & Dine with Hospice is one of two major fundraisers the Slidell-based organization stages each year.
This year’s Wine & Dine will feature 200 different wines from around the world for patrons to sample. The selection, brought to guests by Select Brands, will be further highlighted by representatives from various wineries who will be on hand at Benedict’s to offer information about each vintage.
For those who don’t have a taste for the grape, there will be various other spirits available for sampling, as well as craft beers on hand.
The food selection is sure to keep everyone happy, with offerings from host Benedict’s, Annadele’s Plantation, Gallagher’s, Hooked Up, La Rosetta, Mellow Mushroom, N-Tini’s, Assunta’s, Trey Yuen, and Zea Rotisserie and Grill.
Kathy Busco, executive director of the Hospice Foundation of the South, said each of the wines offered Nov. 13 will be available for purchase from Acquistapace’s, an event sponsor. A portion of each sale will benefit the foundation.
“It’s a great way to stock up on your wines for the holidays,” she said.
Another tremendous way to do that is to purchase raffle tickets for an “instant wine cellar.” For $20, everyone can purchase five chances to win bundles of 25, 50 or 100 bottles of wine.
“We use to do the instant wine cellar where the winner would get all 200 bottles,” Busco said. “Now, the odds of winning have increased. It’s a really good deal.”
Live and silent auctions will augment the evening. Up for grabs will be a trip for two to Napa Valley with accommodations, dinner and wine included. There also will be a “Blue Dog” print, a spa gift certificate at the Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans, a New Orleans Saints wooden rocker, a skydiving trip, local gift certificates, artwork and much more.
Cost is $65 per ticket prior to the event and $75 at the door. Attire is dressy casual. Proceeds from ticket sales, raffles and the auctions will benefit the Hospice Foundation of the South.
In March, the foundation opened Hospice House, a three-bedroom facility near Slidell that houses people in the final days of their lives. Hospice House provides round-the-clock care for guests at no cost to the guest. Since it opened in March, 26 people have used Hospice House services.
“After years of hard work and fundraising, the house is paid for, so now the money we raise goes to operational costs,” Busco said. “We’re continuing our work, but it’s not cheap to run a house like this or to provide care 24-7. But we do this at no charge to a guest; whether it’s someone who needs a place to stay, someone who has no caregiver or someone who because of family circumstances may have no place else to go.”
Benedict’s is at 1144 N. Causeway Blvd. in Mandeville.
To purchase advance tickets to Wine & Dine with Hospice, go online to www.hospicefoundationofthesouth.org or call (985) 643-5470.