The Akron Art Museum’s 17th Annual Akron Wine Auction, presented by Lexus, will celebrate the museum’s 90th anniversary with a rousing Roaring Twenties theme. The fundraiser will be held at the museum in the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 6 pm. All proceeds from the evening will directly benefit the museum’s programming and operations.
Honorary Chairs for the museum’s largest fundraiser are long time museum supporters Sandra and Ritchey Smith. The evening starts at 6 pm with cocktails, socializing, silent auction bids and the chance to view the exhibition galleries, which will be open until 7 pm. Dinner will be served at 7:45 pm, followed by the live auction. The speakeasy themed after party will begin at 10 pm, outdoors on the Northern Ohio Golf Charities Terrace,
The wines from Wente Vineyard will include estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. The evening’s special guest is fifth generation vintner Karl Wente. Since 1883, Wente Vineyards has planted, grown and harvested fruit from its estate vineyards. A century of winemaking tradition and committed stewardship of the land have led to a system of sustainable practices designed to produce the best quality wines with the least environmental impact. To learn more information about Wente Vineyards and their wines visit http://www.wentevineyards.com/.
Silent auction items will feature over 100 fine wines, as well as lifestyle and wine related items. The live auction will be led after dinner by auctioneer Alyssa Quinlan, and includes a glass sculpture by Paul Stankard, exclusive wines, exciting trips and services.
Dinner will feature a trio entrée of char-grilled beef tenderloin, grilled Mediterranean chicken breast and pan seared scallop or a vegetarian trio entrée of eggplant parmesan, stuffed spinach ravioli and grilled and marinated portabella mushrooms. Along with these entrée choices a mixed field greens salad and a handmade chocolate bowl filled with mouse and fresh berries will be served. Caterer A Taste of Excellence is backed by more than 80 years of hospitality and culinary experience.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by Daryl Green.
In addition to Title Sponsor Lexus (Lexus of Akron/Canton, Classic Lexus and Metro Lexus), sponsorship is also provided by Akron Plastic Surgeons, LLC; Cohen & Company CPAs; JWT Action; Northeast Ohio Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Associates; Akron Pediatric Surgical Associates – David A. Andrews, MD, and John P. Crow, MD; BCG & Company; Barbara LaRose; Digestive Health Center; Tom and Dianna Farro; FirstMerit Bank; Dr. Nancy O’Dell; The Smithers Group;
F. William Steere; SummaCare and Western Reserve Bank.
For information, visit http://www.AkronArtMuseum.org/wine or call Director of Development Jon Trainor at 330.376.9186 x211. Non-members who purchase tickets to the auction will automatically receive a membership to the museum.