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AUGUST 25, 1997

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George Hamilton auctions off an item for $8,800.      "Last and final call," said DIck Friel, auctioneer, followed by "Sold!" and the stomp of his foot.

Auction of Northwest Wines raises $780,00 for CHildren's Hospital medical Center

  NW News Staff
   An elegant setting, black-tie and gowned couples sipping vintage wines, moving through a hall of silent auction items, bidding on a small sampling of wines and other items, talking to winemakers as they tasted unreleased wines from barrels, and then going into a large tent with formal tables set for a five-course dinner and serious bidding.
  
   The Auction of Northwest Wines, the third largest charity auction in the nation, raised $780,000 for the uncompensated care program at Children's Hospital & Medical Center in a few short hours of impressive bidding last Saturday night at Chateau Ste. Michelle.
   "It is the greatest wine auction in the world," said auction co-chair Rick Holley. In its tenth year, it is Children's largest fund raiser.
  
   Well-known actor George Hamilton was a guest of Chateau Ste. Michelle President Alan Shoup. Hamilton, with his famous tan, joined the auctioneering team of Dick and Sharon Friel on stage to lead the bidding on a Chateau Ste. Michelle wine weekend in SunValley and sucessfully sold it for $8,800.
  
   The 67 grand live auction items, primarily wine, dinners and wine-related trips, drew far more than their estimated value.
  
   A rare collection of 52 bottles of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild artist series went for $55,000.
   Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Winery, DeLille Cellars, Matthews Cellars and Chef Kent Betts of Italianissimo Restaurant, Paul Thomas and Silver Lake Winery were among the significant contributors to the event.