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Auction of Northwest Wines raises $550,000 for Children's Medical Center


Dick Friel, auctioneer, takes a bid on one of the 66 items.

Auction of Northwest Wines The Auction of the Northwest Wines, a black-tie event now in its 9th year, was attended by 750 people, who raised $550,000 to benefit the uncompensated care unit at Children's Hospital.
   The evening began with the formally-dressed crowd sipping champagne while bidding on silent auction items and then mini-auction items in Chateau Ste. Michelle's Barrel Room. Moving through the barrell-lined hall, attendees were able to talk to winemakers and taste many unreleased wines.
   A bagpipe band then led everyone into a large outdoor tent to dine on a five-course gourmet dinner and the opportunity to bid on 66 premier items.
   The warm 85-degree temperatures resulted in many shedding their black tux jackets, resulting in a more relaxed and festive atmosphere.
   Susan Hutchison from KIRO-TV introduced auctioneers Dick and Sharon Friel, who, assisted by by Jeff Prather, kept the room lively throughout the evening.
   Bid items included fine Northwest wines in all sizes of bottles, including many 9-liters (Salamanazar) and the largest, a 14-liter bottle. Many of the bottles were etched, or had specialty labelling or bottling.
   Many wines were matched with enticing events and trips. Several of the items were sold twice and some expanded beyond the listed bid.
   Honorary Chairman Piero Antinori's library collection became an Italian experience and went for $26,000, and was then matched, bringing the total to $52,000.
   An Aspen getaway for two with The Hogue Cellars to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic brought $20,000, and was also doubled.
   One bid item was a painting of the evening's event by the artist, Greg Kalamar of Seattle, who recorded his impressions earlier in the evening and presented his painting during the auction. Wine furniture was also included.
   This event is the third-largest wine auction in the United States and the only that donates 100% of the proceeds.
   Ernestine Anderson, internationally-known jazz singer, performed during the evening. Dancing followed the event.