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Hartwick Athletics, WAA Host 13th Annual Wine Auction

April 19, 2016

Hartwick College Athletics and the Wick Athletics Association (WAA) will host its annual Wine & Beer Tasting Reception & Benefit Auction from 6:30 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 5 at the Stella Luna Ristorante, 58 Market St. in Oneonta. Admission is $40 per person; $70 per couple. Proceeds from the event benefit the athletics program and enhance the scholar-athlete experience.

Now in its 13th year, the annual event typically raises more than $25,000 for Hartwick College Athletics, bringing together more than 100 alumni, parents, and friends of Hartwick College, including scores of local community supporters.

“The Wine & Beer Tasting Reception & Benefit Auction is such an important event for our department,” said Hartwick College Athletic Director Kim Fierke. “It brings together the local community and other friends of the College to support the experience of our scholar-athletes. Our teams benefit directly from this event because it affords us the ability to provide an enhanced athletic experience. This could not happen without all of those who love Hartwick athletics.”

A large variety of “live” and “silent” items will be available during the auction. The live items are high-value pieces, which will be auctioned by Stella Luna co-owner Vincenzo Avanzato. Silent items will be on display throughout the evening.

Guests can sample food and drinks – provided throughout the evening by numerous beverage distributors – as they consider their bids.

The Wine & Beer Tasting Reception & Benefit Auction is renowned for the limited-edition wines put up for auction. This year a robust selection of vintage wines from world-renowned vineyards will be available.

Sports enthusiasts will have opportunities to gain rare access to professional sports venues. Baseball fans could go home with four tickets to the EMC Suite at Fenway Park when the Boston Red Sox play the New York Yankees on September 17, or two sets of four box seats at Yankee Stadium when the Yankees play the LA Angels on 6/6 or Tampa Bay Rays on 8/13. Football fans could win four tickets with VIP parking and club access to the NY Giants home game versus Washington on September 25, or two tickets to a Dallas Cowboys home game versus Tampa Bay on December 18 with a one-night hotel room stay. Racing fans could win two seats on the start/finish line and access to pit row for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Golfers can vie for exclusive packages at Hobe Sound (FL) Golf Club; the Donald Ross designed Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, NY, The Turtle Creek Club in Tequesta, FL; and Leatherstocking Golf Course & Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, NY.

Getaways offered will include seven nights in Sun Valley, ID at an exquisite vacation home during August or September, and a week’s vacation in September in a three-bedroom vacation cottage in Cape Porpoise (Kennebunkport), ME.

For something very different, “The Barn at Smuggler’s Notch” is offered for a private wedding reception or family reunion in Smuggler’s Notch, VT, one of the most beautiful locations in all of New England.

Auction items have been generously donated by local and regional businesses, alumni, and friends of the College.

RSVPs are requested by April 28, and can be made at www.hartwickalumni.org/wine16.

For more information on the event, contact Hartwick’s Athletics Giving Officer, Duncan Macdonald ’78 at 607-431-4032 or macdonaldd@hartwick.edu.