Since its inception in 1988 the Auction of Washington Wines has raised more than $34 million for their two beneficiaries: Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University’s Viticulture and Enology Programs. Proceeds from the Auction of Washington Wines and their various events provide vital funding for one of the best children’s hospitals in the country helping them to deliver superior, family-centered care for families that otherwise can’t afford to pay. In addition, the events benefit the Viticulture and Enology program at Washington State University, which aims to strengthen the quality and reputation of the Washington wine industry by providing world class enology and viticulture research, education and training.
“For nearly 30 years, the Auction of Washington Wines has been one of the most premier charitable events in our region,” said Charles Brighton, CEO of Brighton Jones. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with the organization this year and present the Winemaker Dinner Series. At Brighton Jones, we value our community, and we feel that this sponsorship will further the positive impact that our firm is able to make within the Seattle area.”
The Winemaker Dinner Series provides attendees with a one-of-a-kind experience as local philanthropists and wine enthusiasts open their homes to collaborations between acclaimed chefs and the state’s best winemakers. The series will be hosted on Friday, August 19 at 6:30 pm and attendees have the option to attend dinner at one of five private homes located around the Puget Sound.
This year’s Auction of Washington Wines will be held Thursday, August 18 through Saturday, August 20, primarily on the grounds of Chateau Ste. Michelle. The event will feature more than 100 premium Washington Wines, delicious fare from celebrity chefs and live auctions of Washington’s most sought-after bottles. This year’s auction is expected to have more than 2,000 guests and will featured nearly 200 Washington wineries and growers.