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TECH Winemaker’s Dinner Raises Funds and Spirits for the Organization

September 22, 2023

The recent Winemaker’s Dinner hosted at Prairie Dunes Country Club was a resounding success, both as a culinary extravaganza and as a fundraising event benefiting TECH (Training and Evaluation Center of Hutchinson).  The evening, filled with gourmet delights and exceptional wines, not only delighted attendees’ palates but also provided vital support for TECH’s mission.

The event commenced with a gracious welcome from the team at TECH, including Kevin Hess, President/CEO who recognized Standard Beverage and Commerce Bank for their long-standing partnerships of the event. Guests were treated to a breathtaking view of the golf course’s rolling greens and the serene Kansas landscape, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening.

Executive Chef Rick Carr, a culinary virtuoso renowned for his inventive creations, curated a multi-course menu that dazzled the senses. Each dish was expertly paired with a selection of fine wines sourced from Standard Beverage’s portfolio of wines, ensuring a harmonious fusion of flavors and textures.

Attendees had the privilege of savoring exceptional wines that perfectly complemented the chef’s creations. Chris Berry, Regional Manager for the Palm Bay International/Taub Family Selections portfolio provided insights into the winemaking process and the unique characteristics of each wine.

The highlight of the evening was the live auction, where two original paintings by TECH Artist, Patrick Disberger, were auctioned off by LaVerle Pounds to raise funds for TECH. The Live Auction also included a special appearance by Dan Power, long-time supporter of TECH and guest auctioneer for this event. The generosity of attendees was heartwarming, with bids soaring high to support TECH’s initiatives in serving individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Reno County live full lives.

Throughout the evening, TECH representatives shared stories of their impactful work, emphasizing the positive change made possible through community support. Guests were inspired by TECH’s dedication to helping the people the serve embrace all that the Hutchinson community has to offer and being their to support them in living the life they imagine.

In conclusion, the Winemaker’s Dinner at Prairie Dunes Country Club was a triumphant blend of fine dining, exceptional wines, and philanthropy. It not only satisfied the palate but also filled hearts with the joy of giving back to the community. The event’s success in raising funds for TECH reaffirmed the power of coming together to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those who benefit from the support of TECH.