On October 19th we had our best Winetopia fundraiser to date—it honestly gets better every year! With the help of so many awesome individuals and businesses we raised $63,000!

The weather was rainy and cold all day, but cleared up before the event and ended up being the perfect fall evening. The Pratt Place Barn looked beautiful even before we started, but once we were finished it was stunning.

Our guests mingled, ate, drank, and were merry. People tried their hand at the wine toss, relaxed in the lounge, enjoyed high quality drinks, and each other's company. DJ Shortfuze did an amazing job (as always) by playing smooth tunes that livened up the party and made everyone's night just that much better. Our food selection this year was phenomenal as well! We had some of the best cuisine in our area all in one fabulous location: Bordinos, Bocca, Arsaga's and Mockingbird Kitchen! We also had the best desserts! Of course we had one of our absolute favorites, Mia Tarts. Those perfect little delicious pastries have become a staple at our event. However, we had an awesome new addition this year: Pure Joy Ice Cream! They made some delicious flavors in honor of our event and everyone loved it!

Bartus Taylor outdid himself again creating the Buzz Events Lounge outside. As always it was the hotspot and it was amazing. Every year he creates another world outside on the deck and blows us all away. This year is it was simply magical. Everyone perused all of the wonderful silent auction items donated by local artists and businesses. And of course we had pictures of our sweet kiddos all over the barn bringing the point home that all of the work and care that went into that night was oh so worth it.

My favorite part of this event each year is that I am reminded what an incredibly kind and enthusiastically generous community we live in (I mean, honestly). Whether it's the sponsors, donors, guests, or volunteers—people extend a hand to help however they can. I cannot thank you all enough for all of the love and support!

Since it is such a big event, it takes a serious crew to get it all done well and our volunteer crew is the best in the business and I am so thankful! Below are some gorgeous photos of the night taken by the one and only Cole Fennel (Cole Fennel Photography). Please take a moment to look at this list of volunteers, sponsors, and silent auction donors who helped to make this night possible!

Lots of Love & Gratitude,

Sarah Fennel Buchanan

Winetopia Core Crew Volunteers

Alannah Massey—Volunteer Coordinator

Tanj Donovan-Auction

Brooke McDonald- Auction

Chris Beavers-Auction

Herbert “Boo” Buchanan—Event Coordinator (He “puts out fires”)

Joe Fennel- “Carny in the Corner”

Missy Gardner

Cheryl Walsh

Kim Norris

Moses Vincent Agare

Juma Fredrick Ogongo

Ellie Jones

Kaitlyn Akel

Kristi Batchelor

Adam Jones

Curtis Willis

Lana Lyon

Jean Ann Fennel

Bartus Taylor & Buzz Events Crew

Aileen & Nathan George

David & Cheryl George

Honorary Hosts

Dr. Scott & Leslie Baliey

Chris & Jeremy Beavers

Leigh & Candra Davis

Abdi Dubed & Laura Dubed

Linley & Dave Dust

Gary & Teri Head

Chris Goddard & Bartus Taylor

Dr. Allyson & William Mertins

Hassan & Danielle Huntley

Neal & Gina Pendergraft

Dr. Lance & Tareneh Manning

Stewart & Grace Nance

Candace & David Starling

Adam Jones


“Grape Crusher” Level Sponsor

Mertins Eye Care & Optical

Miller Boskus Lack

C&C Services

Greg & Hannah Lee

"Harvester" Sponsor

Roblee Orthodontics

Rockline Industries

Signature Bank

LaVida Massage & Medspa

Underwoods Fine Jewelry

Advanced Monitoring Services

Max & Lydia Maher

“Planter” Level Sponsor

Lucke Dental

I Street Modern Apartment Living

Wine Sponsors

Natural State Distributing

Diamond Beverage Group


De Nux


Naughty Diva

Bourbon Sponsor

Beam Suntory

Local Craft Beer

Core Brewery

Apple Blossom Brewery

Community Sponsors

Buzz Events

Intents Party Rentals

Moxy Ox

Eventures Party Rentals

Light Works Events

AV Designs

Showerfilter Store by NewMarket Naturals

Pratt Place Inn & Barn

Cole Fennel Photography

Media Sponsors

Citiscapes Magazine

3W Magazine


Restaurant Sponsors




Mockingbird Kitchen

Mia Tarts

Pure Joy Ice Cream

Winetopia Retail Wine Shop’s

Liquor World (All Wine Toss Wine)

Cheers Liquor & Wine Shoppe (Silent Auction Wine)

Silent Auction Donors

All Sports Production

Apple Blossom

Arts Live Theatre

Blakeman's Fine Jewelry



Brittany Phillips

Candace & David Starling


City Supply Store

Clubhaus Fitness

Dark Star Visuals

Dog Party USA

Dominique Scott

Embellish Boutique

Farmer's Table


Fayetteville Acupuncture

Fayetteville Pilates & Barre

Fayetteville Roots Festival

FHS Student Council


Gall Excavation


Good Things

Grey Dog Vintage Boutique

Heidi Brugliera

Jay Fennel

Joe & Jean Fennel

Kathy Thompson

Khana Indian

Kirk Lanier

Lola Boutique

Lucke Dental


Mae's Emporium



Mia Tarts & More

Michelle Fyfe

Nan Sherry



Pack Rat Outdoor Center

Petra Café


Pieceful Hands Quilters

Rainbow Valley Lodge (Montana)

Raney Elizabeth Art

Remedy Road

Revive Medical Spa

Riff Raff

Robin Devine

Roger Boskus

Romance Diamonds

Savoir Faire

Shindig Paperie

Southern Trends

Spring Valley Anglers

Sunshine Broder at Shine Salon

Swetnam Cosmetic Surgery

The Bike Route

Theatre Squared

Total Fitness Shop

Trailside Yoga


Walker Bros.

Westwood Gardens

Woodstone Pizza

Yoga Deza

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