Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend Announces Four Charities

February 22, 2011 8:10 pm

Four Charlotte area charities have been selected as the beneficiaries of Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend 2012. The following organizations were selected for the vital services they provide in nourishing the body and spirit of our community’s children by protecting and saving lives. The beneficiaries and designated programs for 2011 and 2012 are:

Council for Children’s Rights – As the leading voice for children’s rights in Charlotte, the Council works to provide long-term solutions to chronic problems affecting children in our community. Funds from Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend will be used in the Individual Advocacy Program to assist abused and neglected children.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – Serving 14 counties in North and South Carolina with its innovative Backpack for Kids Project, Second Harvest provides underprivileged children with nutritious food over weekends. Funds raised during Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend will be used to provide hundreds of backpacks with food to children in need for a school year.

Charlotte Community Health Clinic – Providing quality health care to the county’s low income, uninsured population for a decade, Charlotte Community Health Clinic is opening a pediatric clinic to serve uninsured children, especially children with chronic health conditions. Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend funds will pay for basic expenses including medicine and medical supplies.

Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center – Serving Mecklenburg County children in a child-friendly setting, Pat’s Place’s skilled team of professionals, in partnership with the police, district attorney’s office and health care providers, work together under one roof to evaluate sexual abuse allegations, provide family support and assist in all stages of investigations and prosecutions. Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend will partially fund the Family Advocates who provide direct assistance to the children and who also offer after-hours emergency response for families in critical need.

“The four charities were selected based on the critical services they provide to Charlotte’s families that are in need of food, health care and children’s rights. We value their role in our community and want to recognize them for their ongoing services and endless contributions,” said Chuck Richards, executive director of Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend.

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend’s official Kick-Off Event for the 2012 season is Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The evening celebration will include exquisite wine and food, exciting live and silent auction items, and an opportunity to experience the Race Day Simulator. The special guest will be racing and vintner legend, Randy Lewis, founder of Lewis Cellars and a Formula Race Car champion. In addition, there will be a Randy Lewis Vintner Dinner at Zebra restaurant on Friday, April 15, 2011. Tickets are available at

Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend partners include Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Lewis Cellars, Robert Foley Vineyards, The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte, Morrison Smith Jewelers, Professional Consultant Group Inc., Womble Carlyle, Zebra Restaurant, Chehalem, Aria, Premium Port Wines, Spectrum Creative Graphics, Haley Jeter Photography and Charlotte Living Magazine.

Since its inception in 1989, the Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend has grown into one of the Southeast’s largest wine events and has raised more than $3.2 million for local charities. Held in the spring of every even-numbered year, the weekend draws notable winemakers from around the world and pairs them with Charlotte’s top chefs for three days of fun and educational events. For more information, visit us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CLTWineandFood. Check the web site for tickets at or call (704) 338-9463 (WINE).