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Wine and Wishes supports school this Saturday

The eighth annual Wine and Wishes fundraiser for St. Francis School will be held this Saturday at 7 p.m. at the St. Francis Parish Hall in Ellsworth.

The money raised will help the school with rising textbook costs. Last year, with support from donors, $27,000 was raised; this year’s goal is $30,000.

Organizers are working to make this a community event. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy an “adult’s night out.” The evening will feature wine tasting, food and many delectable desserts, beverages, entertainment, and a live and silent auction.

For the fourth year in a row, it will also feature beer tasting from New Glarus Brewery.

“Doo Da Day” will be back to entertain from 7 to 9 p.m. At that same time, a silent auction will occur and the live auction conducted by Hines Auction Service will begin at 9 p.m.

Some of this year’s generous donations include: Six Twins tickets donated by Coordinated Business Systems, along with the opportunity to go onto the field for batting practice and autographs, a concrete bistro table donated by Rockworks Landscaping, a Terry Redlin print from Jack and Shirley Hines, a four-day, three-night stay at Christmas Mountain in Wisconsin Dells from Jerry and Mary Pieper, Gourmet Dinner for Six at the home of Ray and Mary Augustine, a hand-crafted wooden pedal fire engine made by Dave Esterby and even a homemade dinner of Indian fare hosted by St. Francis Pastor Fr. Nathan.

These are just a few! There are many, many other items donated by local businesses and friends of St. Francis.

Bo-Jo’s Creations is again donating the use of their beautiful decorations for the evening.

$500 Merlot sponsors are: Coordinated Business Systems, Joanne Hines Insurance and Hines Auction Service.

$250 Chardonnay Sponsors are: Steve and Mary Brand, Brenner Overhead Doors, Clyde’s Corner, Fairmount Minerals, and Chuck and Henri Jansa.

Tickets are $30 per person, including the wine and beer tasting, beverages and cuisine. The tickets can be purchased at St. Francis School and Quinn Motors of Ellsworth.

The school is a non-profit organization striving to create a strong child-centered, safe, learning environment which prepares young people for a successful future built upon strong academic instruction and Catholic Christian virtues.

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