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September 9, 2009 > Korks for Kids

Korks for Kids

Blending wine and cause

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Kathleen King

Indulge yourself in wine and delicious food while you enjoy the gratification of helping a child. Korks for Kids, an annual gourmet wine-tasting and auction, seeks to benefit underprivileged kids in Santa Clara County. In the face of relentless budget cuts, this program is at risk without the generous support of the public. The event hopes to raise close to $140,000 in much-needed funds.

"We have approximately 150 Milpitas children in the Healthy Kids Program," said Santa Clara Family Health Foundation's Executive Director Kathleen King.

"The children are from low-income families who do not qualify for state and federal programs. We raise the funds to cover their insurance" King explained.

Healthy Kids provides 9,400 low-income children in Santa Clara County with comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and mental health coverage.

The program, the first of its kind in the nation, is an essential component of Santa Clara County's effort to provide all children in the county with access to health coverage.

Eight years ago, one out of eight children in the county was without health coverage. Through programs like Healthy Kids, this number has been reduced to one out of 33, or three percent.

Wineries, such as Duckhorn Vineyards, Far Niente, Frog's Leap, Kings Mountain Winery, Rombauer Vineyards, Burrell School Vineyards, Poetic Cellars, Generosa, and Thomas Fogarty Winery, will be pouring in their unique tasting rooms that vary from rustic to elegant.

The event will have thirty wines to taste and food from San Jose's award-winning restaurant Le Papillon.

"We shall have a few fun activities that will be different this year," said King. For $20, a guest can pull a cork out of a fish bowl and among the prizes will be bottles of wine, car wash tickets, winery logo gear and copies of The Score Takes Care of Itself; My Philosophy of Leadership co-authored by the organization's former Executive Director Craig Walsh and his father.

"One lucky winner will receive a case of wine including those showcased at the event," King explained. The auction will include a painting, donated and painted by Senator Elaine Alquist, and jewelry, designed and made by Assembly member Jim Beall, Jr., two staunch supporters of Healthy Kids. Live and silent auction items will also include travel adventures, wine dinners, large format bottles, winery tours, grape harvesting "boot camps" and cases of wine.

Guests are invited to share their cellar treasures and bring a bottle of wine to be auctioned.

"We have many wine items in our silent and live auctions. This is our eighth year and is a fun way to help children in our community," she said.

Either stay put, roam around or do a blend. Join in the decadence of harvest at Poetic Cellars and pick juicy bunches of plump, ripe grapes.

Each participant receives two bottles of Poetic Cellars wine and a case of wine from the 2009 vintage when it is bottled.

The event is $150 and tickets can be purchased by calling Emily Hennessy at (408) 874-1912 or write to ehennessy@scfhp.com.

Korks for Kids
Sunday, September 13
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyard
19501 Skyline Boulevard, Woodside
www.healthyfamilyfund.org
(408) 874-1912

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