Monday, April 8, 2013

Wine Tasting to Benefit Local Programs for People with Disabilities

MARC: Community Resources presents Red, White & Blush: A Wine Tasting Event on Saturday, April 27TH from 6-9 PM at Beckham Hall, Wesleyan University’s premier event space. Tickets are $25/person.

Forest City Wine & Spirits has arranged for 16 Connecticut-based distributors to provide tastings of more than 70 wines and beer. All wine and beer selections will be available to order at the event, with proceeds donated to MARC: Community Resources.

Bon Appetit will provide a light fare, including servers circulating the room with hot hors d’oeuvres. The event is sponsored by A.R. Mazzotta Employment Specialists, Greenwald Industries and Liberty Bank. Parking is free. I.D. is required. For event and parking information and to order tickets, visit or call 860-342-0700, ext. 210.

Guests can enter a drawing for an iPad mini, a Nexus 7 tablet, and a case of the event’s most popular wines. New this year is a small silent auction featuring suites to a New Britain Rock Cats and a CT Whale game, “Best of Downtown Middletown” packages, and lunch for two and the opportunity to attend a taping of Better Connecticut with Channel 3’s Scot Haney.

“More than 360 people attended our inaugural wine tasting last year, making this one of Middletown’s largest social events,” said Liz Warner, President/CEO. “Guests will enjoy a fun night out while sampling a great selection of wines – all at an unbeatable price of only $25.”

All proceeds benefit MARC’s Adult Skill Development & Leisure Program and the Saturday Morning Fun & Friends program for children. These programs provide community-based recreation opportunities for people with disabilities. Activities contribute to an improved quality of life by promoting health and wellness, personal growth, and safety.

“Many people with disabilities lack leisure activities on the evenings and weekends,” said Lisa Christensen, Director of Adult Recreation. “As a result, many still experience instances of isolation and exclusion. We provide opportunities to practice the skills that lead to inclusive, independent and fulfilling lives.”

About MARC: Community Resources
MARC: Community Resources empowers children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to realize their dreams. To honor and help fulfill these dreams, MARC provides people with choices for housing, employment, and social/recreational life.

About Beckham Hall
Beckham Hall is Wesleyan University’s premier space for larger social gatherings. The hall is a 2,900 sq. ft. ballroom with beautiful vaulted ceilings, hard wood floors and upper and lower lobbies that are accessible to people with disabilities.

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