Consumers can 'Drink Pink' rose for cancer awareness

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A downtown Walla Walla tasting room is putting its own twist on the "Think Pink" theme that typically ushers in October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Tru Cellars is encouraging people to "Drink Pink."

Starting today the tasting room at 26 E. Main St. will donate 10 percent of proceeds from its ros?© sales in the tasting room, as well as restaurants, to Providence St. Mary Medical Center. Through the hospital, funds are used to support the needs of cancer patients, from fuel to transport themselves for treatment to wigs.

The fundraiser is one of numerous efforts on behalf of cancer patients. First Avenue and Main Street was shut down starting at noon today for the annual "Paint the Town Pink" event by Just Us Girls Sharing -- a nonprofit organization also known as J.U.G.S. The street fair/carnival-like event raises money through the sale of pink hair extensions and other items. Participants who purchase coupon books for $5 also get a variety of discounts from local merchants.

Tru Cellars owner and winemaker Chad Diltz said those with coupon books can get their tasting fees waived at Tru, Walla Walla's first sparkling winery, which offers sparkling pinot noir and Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine. It also makes still wines -- rose, chardonnay, viognier and pinot noir.

To learn more, visit trucellars.com , look for Tru on Facebook or Twitter or call 876-2939.

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USKH Inc., the full-service architectural, engineering, environmental, planning and survey firm on downtown's Colville Street, has named Gary Connor as its new regional architectural manager for the Spokane and Walla Walla areas.

Connor has been with the employee-owned company since 2007, when USKH acquired his firm, 3E Design Group.

He specializes in historic preservation and renovation design and has more than 35 years experience. He is registered in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Utah and Idaho. Some of the noteworthy projects with which he's been involved include the Okanogan County Public Utility District office building, renovation of Sacajawea State Park and the remodel of the Spokane County Garden Center. Connor has a master's and bachelor's in architecture from Tulane University. A member of the American Institute of Architects, he has been chairman for the Spokane City/County Landmark Commission and was a member of the Washington State Governor's Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

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SuLei Cellars has closed its Second Avenue tasting house, but not its operation.

The Walla Walla winery owned and operated by Tanya Woodley and Elaine Jomwe continues to create its array of wines at its production facility. Tastings are available there -- 1509 Beet Road -- by appointment and on special event weekends. For more details or to schedule a taste, call 529-0840. To learn more about SuLei, visit the winery's Facebook page, follow it on Twitter or visit suleicellars.com .

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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