The Arlington Education Foundation is hosting eight wineries for their second annual Wines, Brews and Cruizin’ tasting fundraiser on Sept. 28.

The 21-and-older event will be held at the Arlington Dwayne Lane's at 20410 Smokey Point Blvd., Arlington. It begins at 6:30 p.m.

A silent auction will also be held at the event along with the opportunity to purchase wine by the bottle or by the case.

The event raises money that goes to support local schools.

“It’s a fundraiser for education for local children and I think that is one of the greatest parts about it,” said Cindy Huleatt, one of the members of the Arlington Education Foundation.

“People like to support the local students here,” she said.

Over the years the foundation has raised and distributed funds for a variety of different projects.

“The Arlington Education Foundation was founded in 2002 to try to fill in the gaps in funding for Arlington Public Schools,” said Huleatt.

Huleatt said that they work closely with the school district, as well, to find out some of the best ways to spend the money they raise.

Each year the foundation provides $12,000 in mini-grants that support teachers and their classrooms. One is provided in the spring and one is provided in the fall.

“Our biggest and first project was the Byrnes Performing Arts Center,” said Huleatt, which was also the reason the foundation came together originally.

Other projects throughout the years they have supported with funding include an elementary choral library, Arlington High School’s video production program, technology teacher stations at Post Middle School and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

The foundation is currently deciding on projects for it’s 2018/2019 funding cycle and more information is available at their website at

The organization’s wine tasting fundraiser was something that has been held in the past and recently brought back.

“We decided to rekindle it last year,” said Huleatt.

Many local Washington state wineries will be at the event along with one local brewery, this year.

Rondo Swing will be playing some classic jazz music and appetizers are being provided by Angel of the Winds.

Tickets are available for $30 or $50 per pair at the foundation’s website at

“I encourage people to buy tickets online,” said Huleatt. “We’re looking forward to being able to raise money for local kids,” she said.

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