Community members can try some wine and support local schools at the Arlington Education Foundation’s annual wine and beer tasting fundraiser on Sept. 27.
The annual ‘Sip Sip Hooray’ event is held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the showroom of Dwayne Lane's Chevrolet at 20410 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington.
Tickets are available in advance at arlingtonedfoundation.org or at the door for $30 or $50 for a pair. You must be 21 to attend the event.
“This is just a really fun night to benefit the education foundation,” said A.J. Chippendale, a member of the foundation. “It’s fun to drink and support education at the same time."
You get to meet a lot of people in the local community as well, she said.
“Arlington is a tight-knit community so you can come out and see your neighbors and friends,” said Chippendale.
There will be 10 wineries and a brewery at this year’s event and people will be able to purchase wines.
Some of those purchase funds will go toward supporting the foundation.
“We work to get sponsors for the event so everything is already paid for, which means all the money raised at the event will go toward education,” said Chippendale.
A silent auction and live music will also be available at the event, as well as food provided by the Smokey Point Bakery. There will also be a drawing for a half-carat diamond.
The wine tasting fundraiser is something that the foundation has done many times before.
“This is an event we have held going back about 10 years now,” said Chippendale, although it has not been held some years.
Last year it was “really well received” and the foundation raised $14,000.
There are two additional wineries coming this year so the event is growing a little, said Chippendale.
If that continues they could outgrow their current venue.
“Dwayne Lane’s has been very generous in supporting us and we’re probably going to outgrow the showroom there soon,” said Chippendale.
The Arlington Education Foundation was founded in 2002.
“The education foundation started by raising more than $2.5 million for the Byrnes Performing Arts Center,” said Chippendale.
These days they continue to support education such as providing books to local youth.
“The education foundation provides books to kids age 0 through 5 through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library,” said Chippendale.
They also provide about $12,000 a year in mini-grants to local teachers and schools in an effort to provide more educational tools.
“We provide mini-grants to help with some of the needs that aren’t met at local schools,” said Chippendale.
“These are additional education tools not provided by the school district already,” she said.
Those grants have been used to help with new books for a library, continue a robotics program, support a reading intervention program or create a recently-opened outdoor garden at Eagle Creek Elementary.
More information about the education foundation is available at arlingtonedfoundation.org.