Raise your glass at Oct. 5 fund raiser

The Charity Cycling Challenge, Inc, Bristol,  premier fundraising organization, will host the third annual “Raise Your Glass,” on Oct. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Waverly Inn in Cheshire. This year’s event has expanded to include wine, beer and spirits, and is sponsored by Southington Wine amd Spirits. This event is the kickoff for the group’s annual fundraising efforts. Proceeds from the event will support the work of the Connecticut Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital. Last year, Raise Your Glass II raised $2,900 for the ALS Association. This year, the group’s fundraising goal for this event is $3,500.00.
Carol Wilkas, president of the CCC, commented in a press release, “As our annual kick-off event, ‘Raise Your Glass’ provides an opportunity for participants from all of our fundraising events, and newcomers as well, to come together, relax, enjoy, and prepare for the year to come. The event has grown each year, to the point where we had to relocate to a larger facility to accommodate the increasing numbers. We strive to make this a truly memorable event by providing good food and entertainment, along with the tasting selections, in a setting designed to encourage camaraderie and with a theme designed to inspire giving. I would like to invite all to join us as we kick-off the 2014 Challenge year.”
Tickets for the event are $35 each and include appetizers, taste samplings and live jazz music. You also get one raffle ticket for a chance to win one of many great raffle prizes. Special features include “Women of the Vine” wines, Connecticut microbrewery beers, Holiday Cheer 2013 preview, and an optional “Vintner’s Choice” sampling, which will include a variety of select wines from across the world for an additional cost which may be paid at the event. Wine and beer by the glass will be available for purchase during the event.
To purchase tickets online, go to www.charitycyclingchallenge.com/kickoff.