Local businesses donate wares for auction to 'BeneVint' Camp Fire

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What happens when wineries get together for a good cause? In the case of Charles Smith Wines, you get a "BeneVint."

The downtown tasting room, 35 S. Spokane St., will host a night of entertainment and wine auction Saturday for the Camp Fire USA Bene-Vint 2012. The event promises an evening of wine, beer, food, friends and amazing auction lots.

Among the offerings: four rounds of golf with cart, box of balls and more at Wine Valley Golf Course; a six-night Hawaiian vacation in a three-bedroom private home; a night's stay at The Inn at Blackberry Creek; dinner and dessert at Brasserie Four and the Colville Street Patisserie; pizza and beer at Sweet Basil and Laht Neppur; a barrel washing stand and much more.

Participants in the evening's indulgences include: DaMa Wines, Va Piano Vineyards, Revelry, Trust, Waterbrook Winery, Cadaretta, Ash Hollow, Plumb Cellars, Mackey and brewery Laht Neppur, all pouring their various quaffs. Food will come from Graze, Frosted, Waterbrook, John's Wheatland Bakery, Bright's, Cookie Tree, the Walla Walla Community College culinary arts program, Walla Walla Bread Co., Salumerie Cesario, Monteillet Frommagerie and Blue Valley Meats. Live music will be provided by Jacob's Weekend.

The BeneVint runs 7:30-10 p.m. Tickets are $25. Proceeds benefit Camp Fire USA. Tickets are available at the Camp Fire office, Charles Smith Wines, Backstage Bistro, Book & Game Co., and the Destination Walla Walla window. For information, call 525-3180.

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Wineries at the Marcus Whitman Hotel Conference Center will be spreading some love Feb. 15 in an anniversary celebration.

Tero Estates Flying Trout Wines, Locati Cellars and Don Carlo Vineyards will celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the tasting rooms at the historic hotel, according to an announcement from the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The celebration runs 4-6 p.m. in the lobby of the Marcus Whitman. Wine and food will be available, along with a few special surprises, including a gift basket raffle, and special pricing on wines, art and cigars.

First Avenue tasting room Plumb Cellars is going "Plumb Crazy" on Friday, hosting a release party 5-8 p.m. at 9 S. First Ave.

Its Plumb Crazy blend of syrah and merlot will be introduced with hors d'oeuvres and a live performance from local musician Kevin Stauffer. Artwork by Dayton watercolorist Jill Ingram will also be on display.

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Banner bank has hired a new manager to run its Eastgate branch.

Wade Robbins has been appointed assistant vice president/retail branch manager for the company's branch at 2121 Isaacs Ave.

Robbins brings years of experience in the industry, said Cyndi Wood, senior vice president/retail division manager in the announcement. His customer service background and leadership skills "will greatly benefit Banner Bank and makes Wade an excellent resource for our clients served by the Eastgate branch," she said.

Before joining Banner, Robbins, an EWU graduate, worked as a home mortgage consultant at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Aberdeen, Wash. He also has 10 years of branch management experience and served on many boards and committees there.

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Financial adviser Kim Armentrout has joined the staff at the growing Krivoshein Financial PLLC firm.

The new addition was recently announced by Scott Krivoshein, financial advisor and branch manager for the Raymond James financial services firm at 6 E. Alder St., suite 307.

Armentrout previously served as a financial adviser for the College Place branch of firm Edward Jones. She is a 2010 graduate of Washington State University and a Walla Walla native. She can be reached at 522-0454.

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

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