Wineries Invited to Donate Wine for Scholarships
How can you get your wines in front of 8,000 potential wine lovers with significant discretionary income? By donating wine for a Wine Pull as part of The Houston CPA Society’s 2011 Scholarship Extravaganza set for Friday, February 18, 2011.
The largest chapter in the state of Texas with 8,000 members, the Houston CPA Society hosts an annual “Scholarship Extravaganza” to raise money for college students interested in a career in accounting and to help area K-12 schools.
What is a Wine Pull?
So exactly what is a “Wine Pull”? It’s a bit like a raffle where everyone win a prize. Wine bottles are on display and listed in the event program. Each wine is assigned a secret number with a corresponding cork. Guests purchase one “pull” — one of the numbered corks — for $25 and are guaranteed to “win” a bottle of wine valued at $25 or above. Of course some wines are valued much higher. In fact, so far we have some generous donations of very approachable young wines as well as library and collectible wines. There are rumors that one generous donor is letting go of a bottle valued in the thousands! Too bad we’re not allowed to “pull”!
Where Does the Money Go?
The Houston CPA Society raises scholarship funds to assist students pursuing accounting careers. In addition to the scholarships, the event raises funds that benefit the CPAs Helping Schools program. Under the program, the society provides supplemental items such as library books and art supplies to schools in 14 counties in the Houston area. In its 24-year history, the society raised $2.5 million net for youth-oriented charities and scholarships. Two years ago, the society donated more than $50,000 to schools in Chambers and Galveston counties for repairs due to Hurricane Ike.
Neither Joe nor I are CPAs, but some of our friends are members of the Society. This year, they asked us to help out with the group’s major fundraising event. With the economy as it is, we figured there might be a few wineries with a little extra wine on their hands. We also would love to get more people drinking some of our favorite wines.
How Much Wine Can I Donate?
Donors will be recognized through the following suggested giving levels that we’ve named:
- The Taster (2 – 750 ml bottles)
- The Wine Lover (2 1.5 l Magnums)
- The Winemaker (3 – 750 ml bottles)
- The Double Vertical (2 each of 3 different vintages)
- The Winery (mixed half-case)
- The Cellar Master (1 mixed case)
- The Collector (13 or more bottles)
How Can I Get Involved?
Wineries, distributors, restaurants, fine wine shops and collectors are invited to participate. Each wine donated and received by February 15, 2011 will be listed in all publicity before and during the event. All donors will be included in the post-event Forum Newsletter. We’d also like to provide brief tasting notes of the wines. If you would like for us to consider any of the donated wines for review on Another Wine Blog, we invite you to send an extra bottle of that wine so that we can try it before the event. Otherwise, send along tasting notes with suggested retail price (approximately $25 and higher) for us to include a description in the event program.
The Houston CPA Society is a tax exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and your generous donations are deductible to the full extent of the law. The Houston CPA Society provides acknowledgment letters for tax purposes. We’ll also send you an official Houston CPA Extravaganza packet complete with letter, information on previous years’ scholarships and a donor form.
We like to give a special thanks to Red Car Wine who was the first winery to step up to the plate. They donated half a case for the event. We’ve tasted some of their wines and know that winners of their wines are in for a real treat. We invite you to join them. For more information or to donate wine email me at WineWonkette@gmail.com