Auction lots from Walla Walla wineries and personal donations raised nearly $300,000 for Seattle Children’s Hospital during the 2013 Auction of Washington Wines last August.
The 26th annual auction raised $299,518 from Walla Walla lots and private donations. That amount is just slightly under the value of uncompensated care — $325,000 — for the 238 patients from Walla Walla County that were treated at the Seattle facility last year, according to figures from Aimee Sheridan, the new executive director for the auction.
Known as the region’s premier charity wine event, the celebration is a series of events that culminates with the auction. Last year’s auction took place last Aug. 15-17 at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. That event raised $2 million for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University’s Viticulure & Enology Program, according to results.
As the auction heads into its 27th year, new co-chairs for the weekend of events have been announced: Marty and Megan Clubb, owners of L’Ecole No 41 in Lowden, and Frank and Charlene Blethen, of The Seattle Times and affiliate papers, including the Union-Bulletin.
According to that announcement, the co-chair role is served by regional leaders in the wine and/or business communities, working to further the wine industry and bring awareness and funds to uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.