Monday, May 08, 2006

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater L.A. Wine Tasting and Auction to Raise Funds For Children's Wishes

Los Angeles, CA - May 8, 2006 -- Presented by The Wine House and Charter Communications, the 13th annual "Uncork A Wish" Wine Tasting and Auction is one of the largest wine tasting and auction events in Los Angeles County. Benefiting the wish fulfillment efforts of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles for children in Los Angeles with life-threatening medical conditions.

The night will unfold on Saturday, May 13, 2005 inside Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the live auction slated for 9 p.m.

Celebrities currently scheduled to participate in this year’s event include: Teri Hatcher, Penny Marshall, Macy Gray, Micky Dolenz, Steven Cojocaru, Matt Gallant (American Inventor), Gregory Itzin (24), Ashley Jones (The Bold and the Beautiful), Kathy Joosten (Desperate Housewives), Kate Linder (Y&R), Roma Maffia (Nip/Tuck), Marianne Muellerleile (Passions/Thank you for Smoking), Stefanie Powers, Constance Ramos (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition), Christopher Rich (Reba), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Two and a Half Men), and Constance Zimmer (In Justice).

"Everyone is very excited at all the wonderful aspects of the event that have been brought together this year," said Cheri Lauterbach, director of development for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles. "From our celebrity guests to the delectable assortment of food and wine being served to the wide array of exciting auction items, we have something that will appeal to our guests' range of tastes and interests."

The Wine House has brought together more than 80 participating wineries including: Boony Doon, Campion Winery, Charlone, Cobblestone, Domaine Carneros, Fife Vineyards, Honig Vineyard, Longoria, Marengo Moscato, Patz & Hall Wine Co., Piper-Heidsick, Saddlerock Vineyards, Torre Oria, and Trefethen Vineyards.

Adding to the night's festivities, Carving Ice will once again create a one-of-a-kind ice sculpture masterpiece that will serve as the martini bar, featuring celebrity bartenders and Belvedere Vodka supplied by Pacific Wine and Spirits. Guests who arrive during the first hour of the event will be offered a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé Champagne and Glen Morangie Scotch Whisky will also be available for tasting throughout the evening. New this year will be a sponsor's lounge with an array of European beers supplied by the INBEV Corporation.

Top Los Angeles restaurants serving sumptuous tastes of their finest cuisine include: BOA Steakhouse, Sushi Roku, Crustacean, Water Grill, Locanda del Lago, Arnie Morton's of Chicago, Cheese Store of Beverly Hills, Noe, San Gennaro, Mr. Cecil's Ribs, and Pink's Famous Hotdogs.

During the live and silent auctions, guests can bid on hundreds of fantastic items including:

A trip for two to a private Mexican villa for seven nights including round-trip airfare.

A three night trip to New York for two that includes round-trip airfare, hotel and two tickets to a taping of Saturday Night Live.

A trip for six to Napa Valley in a private jet for a winery tour and dinner at the French Laundry.

A fashion-tastic trip to New York including airfare, three nights at a Hilton Hotel and four tickets to the season three fashion show FINALE of Bravo's "Project Runway" hosted by Heidi Klum.

Fabulous artwork including a painting that will be created live by noted artist Thom Bierdz.

Special behind-the-scenes access at Disney Imagineering
Tickets to American Idol including a meet and greet with Ryan Seacrest.

A fully stocked, 48 bottle wine refrigerator.

A shopping experience with Steven Cojocaru, Entertainment Tonight and The Insider correspondent and fashion guru.

A flight in a World War II biplane.

A birthday party for six at American Girl Place at The Grove.

Presenting sponsors, Charter Communications and The Wine House are joined by sponsors Northrop Grumman, Cars 4 Causes, TMC, Hilton Hotels, Wells Fargo, Rollz Royce Limousine Service, The Walt Disney Company, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Touche, Capital Source, Pelican Products, City Art, GES Exposition Services, LA Magazine, Carving Ice, INBEV, and Fuji Water.

Members of the honorary committee for the 13th annual Uncork A Wish Wine Tasting and Auction are: Giovanni Agnelli, Antonio Banderas, Catherine Bell, Halle Berry, Kobe Bryant, Ted Danson, Tony Danza, Matt Gallant, Brad Garrett, Macy Gray, Melanie Griffith, Steven Grossman, Lisa Wade Grossman, Ed Harris, Mark Itkin, Renee Jones, Kathy Kinney, Andie MacDowell, William Petersen, Kelly Preston, Luc Robitaille, Pantera Sarah, Jessica Simpson, Sharon Stone, Kiefer Sutherland, Naomi Watts, Bradley Whitford, and Noah Wyle.

Conceived as a Valentine's Day celebration at the Santa Monica Airport's Museum of Flying in 1993, the wine tasting and auction fundraiser quickly outgrew that location and was moved into the Airport's Barker Hangar four years later, where it remained until the decision was made to move to the more centrally located Pacific Design Center this year. Attended by approximately 1,500 people annually, the funds raised have been used to fulfill hundreds of wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The Pacific Design Center is located at 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, California 90069-5701. General Admission tickets are $125 in advance and $150 at the door. Wine and food tasting is included in the price of admission. Guests must be 21 or older to be admitted into the event. For more information, visit or call 310-899-9191.

About the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles

Established in 1983, the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children throughout Los Angeles County who are battling life-threatening medical conditions. Working out of an office in West Los Angeles, the chapter has granted over 5,500 wishes to children countywide. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles go to or call 310-788-9474.

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