The Brew & Wine Fest was a big success, but it wouldn't have been such a great event without the help of MANY people. I would like to thank Cheri, Mandy and Vicky at the Chamber first and foremost for being awesome! Then a big thanks goes to Patrick Guanciale, Tim Fitterer, Shawn McDonald, Cheri Hottinger, Dave Hardy and Todd Harrold for bartending that night. It's a huge job and you all do it well. To Sam Schnaidt and everyone at Apple Tree Auction Center, thanks for providing a wonderful facility to host this event. Mike Morris went above and beyond the call of duty as our Events Chair along with his wife Connie, selling 50/50 tickets, cleaning up and directing traffic. Ruth Handelman, Amber Favuzzi, Erika Molyneux and Craig Young from the Events Committee did whatever it took to help with trash, supplies and clean up - much appreciated. The folks at Doug's Farside, Damon's, Big Apple Cafe, Mattingly Foods, KFC and Longaberger Golf Club provided wonderful appetizers, stood on their feet all night and continued to smile - so great! A big thanks to Caribou Coffee staff for the delightful coffee! Then to all of my beer and wine friends, including all of you from Buckeye Winery, Matesich, Beverage Source, Browns Distributing, Roots & Shoots and Raven's Glenn for pouring great samples, providing information and positive energy during the crazy busy times. Thanks to Dick Shoults for all of the ice and beer/wine runs; you were awesome! The event was a hit because of the generous publicity of WNKO - Tom Swank, Fred Klein, Dave Doney, Ben Cruise and others at the radio station. And the event would not be possible without our generous sponsors: Bafford Spine & Rehab, The Advocate, buckeyediscounts.com, PNC Bank, The Investor's Edge (who also had great desserts!), H & R Block, Hendrickson Auxiliary Axle and Coldwell Banker/King Thompson. Also thanks to Heather Hottinger for helping set-up, Ray Rector for carrying in beer and Ron Crist for helping with registration and making a "cup" run! It takes a huge group to pull off a big event like this, and I want to convey a huge thanks for everything. If I left anyone out - thanks!
Posted by: Jennifer McDonald