Following the successful inaugural event in 2013, the Second Annual AAUW-Concord Art and Wine Walk returns to the Todos Santos area on Saturday, May 10th between 1 and 4 p.m. for the benefit of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)—Concord Branch scholarship fund.
For a tax deductable contribution of $20.00 per ticket presale ($25.00 at door) attendees will be able to tour local businesses and consume food, wine, and beer while viewing art which is displayed at each locale. Last year 300 people took part and raised enough funds to send three girls to Tech Trek Camp.
It is hoped that in 2014, 500 people will attend this event which will allow AAUW—Concord Branch to send more deserving young women to participate in their highly acclaimed summer camp program.
Local restaurants and businesses, E.J Phair, La Sen Bistro, Old Spaghetti Factory, Ravioli’s, Skipolini’s, The Parlor Barber Shop, Tower Grille, Vinnie’s Bar & Grill, and Wells Fargo, are taking part in the Walk this year. Brendan Theater is also a stop on the walk where the Concord Ambassadors 10,000 Origami Crane sculpture is on display, and wine and appetizers will be available.
Adding to this line-up, Ale Industries, EJ Phair, The Hop Grenade, and Black Diamond Brewery will be contributing a beer component that was not present in the inaugural event.
For 2014, an all star group of wineries will be providing tastings including Bloomfield Vineyard, Climbing Monkeys, Four Fools Winery, Renegade, Sterling Albert, Harney Lane, and Nimium. Event sponsors include Dolan’s Lumber and Legal Shield.
During the course of this AAUW-Concord Branch fundraiser, participants will be able to go from business to business, eating tasty samples of local cuisine and sipping libations poured especially for this event. They will also be able to view the works of local artists including Alice Martinez, Amy MC Roberts, B. Jason, Carol Jurassic, Jewel Rios, Lisa Greenstein, Susan Pace-Koch, Valerie Sober, and the Concord Art Association.
This year, the event raises funds for two local AAUW-Concord Branch scholarships. Seventh-grade girls from Pine Hollow Middle School who are recommended by their teacher can apply to participate in Tech Trek, a week-long math and science summer camp that encourages girls to keep their excitement about and interest in math and science alive.
In addition, female graduates from Diablo Valley and Los Medanos colleges are recognized for their academic achievement with financial assistance from AAUW-Concord Branch to go on and complete a four-year degree at a Bay Area college or university.
Outside of contributing to a great cause, those taking part in the AAUW fundraiser will enjoy not only the food, drink, and art, but also conversing with their friends and neighbors as they move from business to business in this fun filled event
According to Carlyn Obringer who is the Event Chair, “The 2nd Annual AAUW-Concord Art and Wine and (Beer) Walk gives an ideal opportunity for local merchants to display their offerings to the public, all for a great cause the community can get behind. We are expecting more participation and more fun for everyone who attends this year.”
As the May 10th event is selling out fast, those who want to take part are urged to purchase their tickets well before that Saturday. This can be done by going on line to the AAUW-Concord Branchweb site: http://concord-ca.aauw.net