By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Drink wine, support the playground.
That’s the general idea behind the Keizer Parks Foundation’s second annual Pinot for the Parks fundraiser, taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 14. The event will be at Keizer Civic Center, 930 Chemawa Road NE.
City councilor Marlene Quinn, a foundation member helping to put on the event, noted tickets will be available at the door for $25 each.
“It looks like there will be a good turnout,” Quinn said. “We needed a larger space this year. We are using the whole ballroom, so there is room.”
Last year’s event raised $5,000 for the foundation. Organizers are hoping to double that amount this year. All proceeds will go to The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park project. Quinn is co-chair of the task force for that project, which will be constructed Sept. 17 to 21.
Quinn noted last week cash had already been collected for 100 tickets and response to the cause has been favorable.
“Everyone thinks that’s great,” Quinn said of proceeds being used for the community build project. “Everything going to one cause instead of three like last year makes it easier.”
The event will feature wine, food and a silent auction.
Seven wineries will be featured at this year’s event including Scenic Valley Winery, Sineann Winery, Eola Hills Wine Cellars, Mia Sonatina Cellars, Illahe Vineyards, Methven Family Vineyards and Arcane Winery. Wine will be for sale by glass or bottle.
Small food plates will be available for $5. Food will be offered by Carrie Wong’s Extreme Chocolates, Incredible Edibles and Big Town Hero. Students from the McNary High School culinary arts program will be offering their own samplings.
“Last year we had four wine vendors and three food vendors,” Quinn said. “We got mostly positive reactions from the wineries, since they did well last year and wanted to come back.”
The $25 tickets include complimentary wine tasting and a raffle ticket. Raffle prizes are bottles of premium wine valued up to $100. The event is restricted to people 21 years of age or older.
Live chamber music will be provided by the McNary High School Chamber Ensemble.
For information call 503-393-9476 or visit keizerparksfoundation.com.