Redneck Wine Tastin' benefits the Kansas Aviation Museum
Wichita residents are dedicated to nonprofit service and charitable giving by supporting the organizations that bind our community together. Philanthropy is also an integral part of the corporate culture in our fine city. Nonprofit organizations are finding unique and creative ways to compete for business and individual support. SPLURGE! takes a look at two new fundraisers coming to town this month, and outlines a few unique longstanding events.
Redneck Wine Tastin’
A boot-kicking, finger-licking good time
You know you’re a redneck if... on Friday, October 11th you will be attending the Kansas Aviation Museum’s 1st AnnYa'll Redneck Wine Tastin' event. To clarify, “redneckedness” is not required, but you may be temporarily transformed during the evening.
Local wine expert and good ol’ boy Guy Bower is selecting the wine for the event. Bower will showcase a variety of low priced wines that are high quality in terms of ratings and flavor. The Redneck Wine Tastin’ will also feature some unique vintages and food pairings. Guests will experience Boone’s Farm and Mad Dog 20/20 along side back-country favorites including pork rinds, cocktail wieners and processed cheese products.
Kansas Aviation Museum Executive Director, Lon Smith said, “this tongue-in- cheek event will be good fun for a great cause.” Smith dreamed up the Redneck Wine Tastin’ as a way to gather Museum supporters together in a lovely setting for a casual, low pressure fundraiser.
Advanced registration is appreciated, to ensure there is plenty of Strawberry Hill to go around. Tickets include vittles, wine and entertainment. The hostesses for the Tastin’ will be wearing their finest camouflage fashions - Splurge! Magazine’s very own Jody Klein and Sierra Scott of “The Brett and Sierra Show.”
You need to know...
The 1st AnnYa’ll Redneck Wine Tastin’
Kansas Aviation Museum | 316.683.9242
3350 South George Washington Blvd.
Friday, October 11, 2013 | 7 - 10 P.M.
Tickets: $30 in advance/$35 at the door
Attire: Camo optional
Girls of the Gridiron,
Blondes vs. Brunettes Powderpuff Football Game
Cheer on the girls of the gridiron as they show off their football moves on Saturday, October 12th to raise money to help tackle Alzheimer's disease. Blondes vs. Brunettes flag football game ignites the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes. Red heads and everyone in between are free agents and get to choose their team. While the players’ roster is ladies only, men are involved as coaches.
Blondes vs. Brunettes is a volunteer- driven event bringing the passion and spirit of young community leaders together to support the Alzheimer’s Association. Development Director, Craig Davis, said he is pleased with the support that the Wichita community has shown for the event in its inaugural year.
Official referees will call the game. The Hitman and Heather from Power 93.9 will be covering each teams’ strategy from the sidelines. Davis promises a fun afternoon and some fiery competition, “I want to see a great turn out, and encourage the community to come cheer the ladies on,” said Davis.
Blondes vs. Brunettes was founded in 2005 by a group of young professional women in Washington, D.C. Since the inaugural game, Blondes vs. Brunettes has successfully branched out to more than 35 cities, raising more than $3 million and bringing thousands of new supporters to the cause.
The funds raised through Blondes vs. Brunettes benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association. The Association strives to help families by providing education and support, advance critical research studies and advocate for the needs and rights of those facing Alzheimer’s. The public is invited to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by coming out to cheer on their favorite team - blonde or brunette!
You need to know...
Blondes vs. Brunettes
Wichita Collegiate School | 316.267.7333
9115 E. 13th Street
Saturday, October 12, 2013
1 P.M. Tailgate begins | 2 P.M. Kick-off
Tickets: $10 for game
$25 after-party at Larry Bud’s East
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