Organizers of the Comprehensive Care Center ’s (CCC) annual fundraiser declared that the event was a sell-out, crediting community support for their success.
Vintners 2005: An Evening of Wine and Roses was held in the War Memorial Auditorium. Drema Mace, the Center’s CEO, said the effort “was successful in uniting the business, public and medical sectors of the community to financially support the Comprehensive Care Center . We plan to move to a larger venue next year, to better accommodate the crowd.”
Kathy Anderson, Board of Directors Chair for the CCC, noted many new faces present this year. “That was thrilling for me because it meant that all the coverage from our wonderful publicity partners made a difference and that new people were becoming aware of the Center and the work it does.”
Anderson, who chaired the auction committee, said that although final numbers are not yet available, this year’s auction proceeds will definitely exceed 2004’s. “By attending and bidding on auction items, they really made a difference in taking care of people living with HIV/AIDS in their community.”
Event Chair Gillie Prudence Crowder called this year’s Vintners “a great success,” and went on to say “the CCC does an amazing job in this community – it therefore depends on the support of the community.”
Funds raised will be utilized to provide care and treatment for patients regardless of their insurance coverage.
Mace said, “We can not thank everyone enough for the outpouring of support for the Comprehensive Care Center . We appreciate every single donation of time or money. There is no donation too small when people give from their hearts.”