The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Hosts Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser

The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival (WVIHF) is excited to announce its upcoming wine tasting event, a key fundraiser for the organization. The event will be held on January 27th at the elegant Gore Luxe venue in downtown Clarksburg.

Marsha Viglianco, a board member of WVIHF, emphasized the importance of these fundraisers in supporting the festival’s annual expenses. “We have a pretty big festival to plan, and these fundraisers help us cover the costs,” she explained.

The wine tasting is a fitting event for the WVIHF, as Viglianco highlighted the strong connection between Italians and wine. “Wine is deeply rooted in our traditions. It’s like how beer and Germany are inseparable. For Italians, wine is an essential element of our culture, along with food,” she said.

In addition to the wine tasting, the WVIHF organizes several other fundraising activities throughout the year. These include two spaghetti dinners, paying homage to the beloved Italian dish. The organization also hosts the “12 Days of Christmas” raffle, where participants have a chance to win prizes worth $250 or more. Furthermore, bingo nights in Village Square provide another opportunity for community engagement.

According to Viglianco, these dedicated efforts result in an impressive annual fundraising amount of approximately $15,000 to $20,000. However, she stressed that the festival’s primary funding comes from sponsorships, street vendors, and beverages sold during the Labor Day weekend event. The additional funds generated from the fundraisers help the festival achieve financial stability, a challenge it faces each year.

The wine tasting event will showcase a selection of wines from local wineries, including Haunting Hills Farm Winery and North Central Distributors Inc. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample and purchase wines, while also enjoying delicious food and appetizers, such as miniature charcuterie boards.

Tickets for the wine tasting are available for $25 per person, either in advance or at the door on the day of the event. The wine tasting will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., providing ample time for attendees to savor the flavors and support the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival.

FAQ Section:

1. When and where will the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival’s wine tasting event take place?
– The wine tasting event will be held on January 27th at the Gore Luxe venue in downtown Clarksburg.

2. Why are fundraisers important for the festival?
– Fundraisers help cover the festival’s annual expenses and contribute to its financial stability.

3. What other fundraising activities does the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival organize?
– Besides the wine tasting, the festival organizes two spaghetti dinners, the “12 Days of Christmas” raffle, and bingo nights in Village Square.

4. How much money is raised through these efforts?
– The festival raises approximately $15,000 to $20,000 each year through its fundraising activities.

5. What are the primary sources of funding for the festival?
– The festival’s primary funding comes from sponsorships, street vendors, and beverage sales during the Labor Day weekend event.

6. Which local wineries will be showcasing their wines at the event?
– Haunting Hills Farm Winery and North Central Distributors Inc. will be among the local wineries at the event.

7. What can attendees expect at the wine tasting event?
– Attendees can sample and purchase wines from local wineries, enjoy delicious food and appetizers, such as miniature charcuterie boards.

8. How much do tickets cost for the wine tasting event?
– Tickets for the wine tasting event are available for $25 per person, either in advance or at the door on the day of the event.

Definitions:
– WVIHF: West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival
– Fundraisers: Events or activities organized to raise money for a specific cause or organization
– Charcuterie boards: Platters or boards featuring a variety of cured meats, cheeses, and accompaniments

Suggested Related Links:
West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival Official Website
Gore Luxe Venue
Haunting Hills Farm Winery
North Central Distributors Inc.