Wine in the Pines fete raises thousands |

Wine in the Pines fete raises thousands

By day, a secretary for Cerebral Palsy of Colorado, but at night during the annual Wine in the Pines event, Tina Navaro brings her silky voice to entertain the crowds as they sip wine and taste some of Keystone's finest cuisine Ñ not to mention a mountain of chocolate.

KEYSTONE – Saturday’s Wine in the Pines was certainly a night of indulgence.

About 800 people enjoyed 600-800 international wines, gourmet food ranging from sea bass to prime rib from Keystone’s best restaurants and mountains of chocolate.

The live auction raised $70,000 and included a 2004 Harley Davidson Duece that went for $23,000, said co-founder Margaret Smith.

Though she hasn’t tabulated the final numbers, she expects the silent auction to have raised $60,000 and ticket sales to total about $80,000. Last year’s event raised $195,000, and Smith expects this year’s fundraiser to bring in about the same.

Ninety percent of the proceeds from Wine in the Pines returns to the community. A portion goes to Cerebral Palsy of Colorado, and a portion goes to Summit County nonprofit organizations.

“Wine in the Pines is our signature event that grosses the highest amount of money – almost two to three times more than our other four major events,” said Judith Ham, executive director of Cerebral Palsy (CP) of Colorado.

“It’s the No. 1 social event in Summit County,” said co-founder Mike Smith. “It has grown to be recognized as the most successful fund-raising event in the state of Colorado.”

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