I was given a great opportunity to photograph this event last Sat. Organized by two wonderful ladies this event took place at the gorgeous location Van Roekel Winery in Temecula, Ca. Jackie Hahn Mann and Andrea Newton McCullough worked hard to make it a fun filled day! The benefit ran Silent Auction baskets, Raffles, Wine tasting and delicious appetizers. Vendors who volunteered their time including Murrieta Cold Stone, a DJ Service and myself. When I asked Andrea what inspired her to organize this fundraiser she wrote me this wonderful note:
“When I 1st signed up for the 3day 60mile walk to help the Susan G. Komen foundation I did it for a selfish reason. I at that time didn’t know anyone personally close to me that had breast cancer. After a gal from work lost her good friend I thought I would do this so that hopefully someday no one else has to lose a friend to this horrible disease. But after registering for it I learned a childhood friend was diagnosed with cancer and a few days before her 34th birthday had a double mastectomy. That is when it really hit home for me, knowing someone that I had grown up with, so young that had 2 children like me and now had to face this deadly disease head on. Thankfully my friend is now in recovery and has shown amazing strength, courage, and hope. My devotion to this charity is even stronger now. In order to participate in the walk you need to raise a minimum amount of $2300 per walker, but with the help of friends, family, and complete strangers the Raise a Glass for a Cure Fundraiser at the Van Roekel Winery helped me leap closer to that goal, and gave the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation a huge step in the right direction to help find a cure for this disease someday!”
Andrea immediately struck me as a genuinely sweet and caring person. You go girl, you gals did a great job!