Wine Auction Benefits Good Causes


Classic Wine Auction at the


Convention Center raised $3 million for five local charities, the Portland Business Journal reports.

       The five charities are Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children, Trillium Family Services and




       “This year’s auction went above and beyond our expectations,” said Heather Martin, executive director of the Auction. “The dynamic auction lots, generous guests and distinguished wine ambassadors created a one-of-a-kind event that showcases our commitment to helping children and families in need.”

       Top lots at the 2008 Classic Wines Auction included a 1932 Ford High-Boy Roadster with a leather interior and a custom removable top for $115,000. Another transportation-themed lot featured two 2008 Smart Cars with trunks filled with a selection of organic wines, and sold for $20,000 each.

       Winemaker Peter Mondavi Jr. donated a weekend at his family’s Charles Krug Winery, along with private jet transportation, which sold twice for $20,000 per package.

       A pair of “his and her” Harley Davidson motorcycles sold for $29,000. A

Santa Fe travel package sold for $18,000, and included a tour of

Santa Fe with Van Duzer Vineyard owners Carl and Marilynn Thoma, and a trip on a Learjet 40XR from Bombardier FlexJet.

       The highest selling wine-only lot was a 30-bottle collection of

Burgundy and

Bordeaux from top producers in

France, and sold for $20,000.

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