Wine, Burgers and Bingo

Our favorite local winery, InVINtions, was hosting a fundraiser that was definitely right up our alley. A Toast to InVINtions! It was supporting rescue dogs and animals. Of course we were going to be there. All the proceeds earned were donated to a local rescue called Soul Dog. Soul Dog does a number of great things with their dogs and other animals as well. They help the dogs on Native American reservations. They help re-home dogs in need. They rescue them from off the streets, and they also helped reconnect a community with their beloved pets after it was devastated by the horrendous fires last year. Of course Larry and I were in. We even had our matching malamute shirts on (for our wild child Juneau, aka Juni Bug), and I had the right shoes to match as well; my paw prints and wine shoes. We were set to let it all go to the dogs.

We went with our friends Mike and Lauren and we all had yet another great time together.

The day’s festivities included a burger BBQ with all the fixin’s and root beer floats. All the burgers were donated from a rancher in Wyoming, who is also an InVINtions member. They were delicious. Of course there was plenty of wine too. I passed on the root beer float, giving my ticket to Larry, so I could have another glass of wine instead. I know! You are all shocked.

Part of the admission price went towards the BINGO cards. We played three rounds of BINGO, but none of us at our table won anything. That’s OK. The real winners were all the animals being helped by Soul Dog.

There was also a whole bunch of silent auction items that had been donated for the cause as well. There was a mixture of dog and cat related items and wine items too.

Since Mike was wearing a pink flamingo shirt, he and Lauren are posing by the pink flamingo gift basket.

The big ticket item was a handmade wine rack with a case of your favorite wine included. Larry wouldn’t even let me bid on that one, so NO, I didn’t bring this home with me.

Larry did let me purchase a T-shirt though. The hard part was deciding which one. Both fit my personality. But I asked Larry, Mike, Lauren and Marcus and Cory, the owners of InVINtions, which shirt was a better “fit” for me, and they all unanimously decided on the one that said “It’s not drinking alone if the dog is home”, so that’s the one I chose.

I don’t know how much was raised at the event, but we all know we had yet another great time together, doing what we love doing; drinking wine, visiting with each other and helping out the animals. πŸ™‚

We have been members of InVINtions for a long time, and now not only are the crew friends of ours, but so are some of the other members. Carrie, Kathy and I have known each other for awhile now, thanks to INVINtions, and all their fun events. Kathy and I officially met at the SNL party when we both came dressed as “The Church Lady”.

Thank you Marcus, Cory and Crew for yet another great event. We always have so much fun with all of you.

Stay cool, stay safe, and stay well Everyone. And if animals are your thing, as they are mine, help as many as you can in the process. God spelled backwards is DOG! ‘Til next time.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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