I had the priveledge of voulteering at an amazing event this past weekend! It was called a Passion for Wine and it was to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.
I was really excited to be able to go help out for a couple reasons. I used to work for a gentleman that has a son with Cystic Fibrosis and I know what a devastating diagnosis that can be. Also because I got to get really dressed up! I never get to dress up so this was REALLY fun!!! I went out and bought new shoes and a new cocktail dress for the occasion! Sooo fun! I loved every second of dressing up and primping for my beautiful dress. I could definitely get used to the lifestyle of the rich and famous!!!
Here is the best picture I have of my shoes! Love these babies!!! They were so comfy. They are Calvin Klein and so worth the extra cost!
Here is the classic bedroom shot of the new dress from the full length mirror! This is a size smaller than I was expecting to buy so I was soooo excited!! The dress is here.
Here is a brighter shot in the bathroom mirror after makeup was done.
These were the centerpieces on the tables...so pretty!
Here is a shot of the decor! The event was held in the PPG Wintergarden in Pittsburgh, PA. The building looked amazing~
And this is a shot of the silent auction area. There were so many donated items for auction...really amazing stuff!
This is me and my work friend Kathy that I volunteered with! She is the one that got me connected with CF and their fundraisers. She has been helping them for over TEN years~~!
This is a picture with the women I know from CF. On the left is Carol and Kathy is on the right. Obviously, that leaves me in the middle! HA
Kathy and I were assigned to a wine station. Here is the wine we were going to be pouring all night. Apparently it was good as we were the first tasting station to run out. Although, if you ask Kathy, shell say it was because I filled the glasses too full! HA
Another shot of Kathy and I presenting our wine!
There were a total of five wines to taste throughout the room (Kathy and I had one). In all, there were six food tasting stations. Obviously a cheese & grape station and also a dessert station. The other four stations were manned by some of Pittsburgh's most award winning local restaurants. My favorite just happened to be right next to me. The sign below is what the restaurant was presenting to patrons to taste.
This is Chef Kevin Sousa from Superior Motors. He has already started many successful restaurants in Pittsburgh and has now sold them all to start Superior Motors. It will be open in the Spring 2015 hopefully! You can find out all about this amazing restaurant here. It will all be locally sourced, funded, operated and will give back to the struggling community of Braddock, PA. Amazing man - he really is a gentleman with a vision. And an amazing Chef~~~
This is a closeup of his plate! So delicious!
The second restaurant was Seviche. These guys are always amazing! So yummy!
Sonoma had a fantastic tuna dish!
Another favorite is always Nine on Nine. They had an amazing spiced ostrich that everyone was talking about. Seriously so yummy! It is not on the menu yet but due to the crowd reaction, the chef said he may be adding it soon! Check it out - its truly amazing~
I did not get a picture of the cheese station or the dessert station but I did manage to get a few pictures of the delicious pastries and macaroons that were on the dessert station before I ate them of course! HA! The were baked by Gaby et Jules. AMAZING is all I can say!
Had to try one of each...actually I may have had two or three of each! Seriously amazing desserts!
The night was awesome and so much fun! I loved spending time with Kathy and Carol and we met a new friend MaryBeth that I did not get a pidcture of. I will see her in a month at the next fundraiser and I cannot wait! The event raised $183,00.00 for CF!!! I call that a success!!! Thanks for allowing me the pleasure to volunteer! I can't wait for the next event!!
Do you volunteer? If so, what is the reason and for which charity(ies)?