Local wineries’ support of Seattle Children’s Hospital amazing

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Go to a fundraising event in Walla Walla, and it’s likely wine from local wineries is being poured and many bottles are auctioned off. The amount of money garnered from the contributions is usually impressive.

A great many individual wineries of the more than 100 in the Valley are committed to bettering this community with their generosity.

But the contributions the local wineries made on behalf of Walla Walla children who have needed medical care at Seattle Children’s Hospital goes beyond impressive — it’s so amazing it verges on unbelievable.

Auction lots from Walla Walla wineries and personal donations raised $299,518 for Seattle Children’s Hospital at the Auction of Washington Wines last summer. About $2 million total was raised at the August event.

The nearly $300,000 raised by local folks in 2013 is just short of the $325,000 in uncompensated care for 238 young patients from Walla Walla County treated at Children’s Hospital. In addition, many more kids from the Walla Walla area received medical care in Seattle or at Seattle Children’s Tri-Cities Clinic located in Richland.

The specialized care at these facilities should be a great comfort to families in the region.

Last year’s auction took place over three days at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery in Woodinville.

The money raised pays for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Money from the auction is also donated to the Washington State University’s Viticulure & Enology Program.

The 2014 event begins with a local connection as Marty and Megan Clubb, owners of L’Ecole No 41 in Lowden (Megan is also CEO of Baker Boyer Bank) will serve as co-chairs of the event.

The other co-chairs, Frank and Charlene Blethen, also have a Walla Walla tie. Frank was the publisher of the Union-Bulletin in the 1970s. He is now publisher and CEO of The Seattle Times, which owns the Union-Bulletin and the Yakima Herald-Republic.

Washington state is fortunate to have a first-class children’s hospital and generous businesses, such as Walla Walla wineries, to provide financial support.

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