Rosemary Beach Foundation Wine Dinner and Charity Auction was held on September 29th in the beachfront home of Carl and Tamara Tricoli. Fifty guests were treated to a sunset reception, a five-course meal created by Chef Tim Creehan, and expectedly paired wines from Sanglier Cellars. The evening’s auction proceeds benefited Alaqua Animal Refuge (Project ARC)*.
“We are thrilled with the results of our inaugural wine dinner. It was a pleasure to partner with Alaqua Animal Refuge and help them move closer to their relocation goal,” said Zuma Banks, Rosemary Beach Foundation board president.
Through the generous support of local businesses and individuals, the wine dinner and charity auction raised nearly $40,000. During the event, VIE People and Places Magazine pledged $10,000 from their October “Animal Issue” which features Alaqua Animal Refuge.
“We are blessed to have such an incredibly supportive community and appreciate the ongoing relationship with have with the Rosemary Beach Foundation. This dinner enabled us to share our vision for the future of the refuge and helps us reach our goal for relocation,” said Laurie Hood, Alaqua founder.
*Alaqua plans to move its current facility to 85 acres of donated land in Freeport, Florida. Jim Fowler, zoologist and former host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, is assisting with the concept and design for their new location. Thanks to a generous matching grant from the Dugas Family Foundation, every dollar raised through December 31, 2014 will be matched dollar for dollar for Project ARC (Alaqua Relocation Campaign).