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On a bright and beautiful first day of October, 2013, South Coast Winery hosted their 9th annual Wild Women of Wine Country going Passionately Pink. “October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we couldn’t think of a better time to show we care than by hosting this special fun-filled day at South Coast Winery featuring Chef’s celebratory harvest lunch and dynamic entertainment.” said Crystal Magnon, South Coast Winery and Resort’s director of Sales and Marketing.
Over 120 attendees were present, wearing their pink, fashioning slippers, hats, and ensembles for the various contests to win awards and have fun — which according to Katie Parker, Susan G. Komen, Inland Empire’s Executive Director, “We’re here to get our fun on, and that’s what the Wild Women of Wine Country event is all about.”
“Vendors, silent auction donations, and all present and promoting have volunteered a portion of their profits to this event, promoting breast cancer awareness for the month of October. Wild Women of Wine Country was established as a non-profit by South Coast, and works to raise money for area charities, like the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.” Magnon said.
Working with groups like National Charity League (NCL) is part of what makes the Wild Women of Wine Country work. “This is a fantastic group of women,” said Lora Sexton of NCL. “We promote mothers and daughters, working together to give back to local charities at NCL. We’re happy to do what we can to promote awareness in the community of Temecula, and Southwest Riverside County.”
Both Erik Turner’s rock-themed wines were on display, with autographed Warrant guitar up for auction, and a complete photo booth set ups, with wild props and fanfare worthy of the audience present, were on hand by Get Captured Photo Booth company. “We’ve been out here for three years in a row,” said owner Julie, and we’re very grateful to be included on this special Wild Women of Wine Country event.
New York Times Best Selling author, Teresa J. Rhyne was on hand to share her story and sign her book, “The Dog Lived (and so will I) A Memoir” published by Sourcebooks. “The book, while covering some pretty heavy themes with regard to cancer and recovery, also has a healthy bit of humor. You have to find the humor in a story like this one. The dog is still alive, and so am I.” Teresa Rhyne said.
Vendors, such as a beautiful display by Jewel Kade representative, Heather Vail, showed off their wares promoting family, breast cancer awareness, and of course, the signature pink that reflects the Susan G. Komen Brest Cancer Foundation’s message. “October is all about pink.” Said Vail, “And our pink ribbon says it all.”
Fellow Temecula business woman, Bonnie Sparkman, promoted tastes of her “Chicks with Bark” chocolate bark creations.
“This event means so much to me, as we recently discovered our daughter has colon cancer, and she is recovering. We appreciate the way for a cure that Susan G. Komen is paving.” said Sparkman.
Inside the pink shrouded banquet facilities, guests gathered to listen to speakers, eat delicious meals of Mixed Greens Salad Ranch & Balsamic Vinaigrette, Rotisserie Chicken with Traditional Pot Pie Gravy Imported Pasta, Spicy (vegetarian) Ragu-Tempranillo Sauce and of course, Pink Raspberry Mini Tart with Fresh Raspberry Garnish for dessert. Served with a healthy supply of pink lemonade.
Prizes awaited the contests entrants with the most “sole” — with $5 entry fees the day of event, the PINK Show Contest Categories: 1. Sassy Stilettos & Pumps 2. Fabulous Flats & Flip-flops 3. Big Girl Boots 4. The Fuzzy Slipper
Author Teresa Rhyne offered her words of encouragement, humor, and wisdom as Keynote speaker, saying, “Dogs stay in the moment. They stay with you, no matter what. Saving my dog was a choice I made, and it prepared me for my journey through cancer. I had a triple negative in my life, and having my book end up o New York’s Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today’s best seller list has turned that into a triple positive.”
For more information about the Wild Women of Wine Country, visit: http://wildwomenofwinecountry.com/about-us.html
For more information about South Coast Winery and Resort, visit: http://www.wineresort.com/