Winetopia 2017

Friday, October 6th 2017

 

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On Friday, October 6th,  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 $59,000!

The weather was warmer than usual in October, but the sky was clear and a gorgeous full moon was stunning on top of the mountain. The Pratt Place Barn looked beautiful even before we started. But once we were finished it was stunning. Winetopia used to just be a wine-only event, but we have expanded out to include local craft beer and top-shelf Bourbon as well! We started this last year and we love it! Our guests do too, so it has now become a new tradition. 

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! 

 Bartus 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. 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) and please take a moment to look at this list of volunteers, sponsors, and silent auction donors that helped to make this night possible! 

 

Lots of Love & Gratitude,

Sarah Fennel Buchanan

 

Winetopia Core Crew Volunteers

Chris Beavers—Auction Chair
Meredith Adkins—Volunteer Coordinator
Alannah Massey--Volunteer Deputy
Brooke McDonald- Auction Assistant
Herbert “Boo” Buchanan—Event Coordinator (He “puts out fires”)
Brooke McDonald & Kimberly Clinehens—Wine Toss "Carnettes"
Darrin Ingraham- Tech Master
Warren Fyfe--Parking Captain
Jessy Lang
Rebekah Fennel
Tanj Donovan
Ellie Jones
Kaitlyn Akel
Kristi Batchelor
Pear Pleetissamuth
Curtis Willis
Chris Arcana
Jean Ann Fennel
Moses Vincent Agare
Juma Fredrick Ogongo
Bartus Taylor & Buzz Events Crew
 

Honorary Hosts
Dr. Scott & Leslie Baliey
Chris & Jeremy Beavers
Leigh & Candra Davis
Abdi Dubed
Linley & Dave Dust
Chris Goddard & Bartus Taylor
Leigh Hopkins & Stephanie Isaman
Dr. Allyson & William Mertins
Neal & Gina Pendergraft
Dr. Lance & Tareneh Manning
Candy Clark & Teddy Cardwell
Stewart & Grace Nance
Tommy & Robyn Van Zandt
 

Sponsors

“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
Mike & Marcheita Anderson

“Planter” Level Sponsor

Max & Lydia Mahler

 

Wine Sponsors

Custom Beverage
Natural State Distributing
Diamond Beverage Group
E&J Gallo Winery
Naughty Diva

Bourbon Sponsor

Beam Suntory

Local Craft Beer

Core Brewery
Apple Blossom Brewery
Arkansas Craft Distributors (Lagunitas)

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
KUAF

 

Restaurant Sponsors

Bordinos
Bocca
Arsaga's
Mockingbird Kitchen
Mia Tarts
Fayetteville Pastry Shop

 

Wine Toss Sponsors

Liquor World
Pandora's Bottle/ Iron Hand

 

Silent Auction Donors

All Sports Production  

Apple Blossom  

AR State Beauty Supply  

Arts Live Theatre  

Bella Vita Jewelry  

Blakeman's Fine Jewelry  

Bordinos   

Buffalo Outdoor Center  

Candace & David Starling 

Casey Roark Designs  

Chris Beavers with Bassett Mix 

Chuy's   

Clubhaus Fitness  

Cole Fennel Photography 

Dark Star Visuals  

Dog Party USA  

Dominique Scott  

Farmer's Table  

Fayettechill  

Fayetteville Acupuncture 

Fayetteville Pilates & Barre 

FHS Cheer   

Flora   

Gall Excavation  

Good Things  

Greenhouse Grill  

Grey Dog Vintage Boutique 

Heidi Brugliera  

i'Mindful Studio  

Inked Elephant  

James & Stacey Keenan 

Jay Fennel   

Jeff Caudle   

Kathy Thompson  

Khana Indian  

Kirk Lanier   

Lola Boutique  

Mae's Emporium  

Matt Buell Designs  

Maude   

Mertins   

Mia Tarts & More  

Nan Sherry   

Nitron   

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA)

Onyx Coffee Lab   

Pack Rat Outdoor Center 

Petra Café   

Phunbags   

Pieceful Hands Quilters  

Raney Elizabeth Art  

Red Kite   

Remedy Road  

Revive Medical Spa  

Robin Devine  

Roger Boskus  

Romance Diamonds  

Savoir Faire  

Shindig Paperie  

Showerfilter Store by Newmark Naturals

Southern Trends  

Speckled Pig  

Sunshine Broder at Shine Salon 

Swetnam Cosmetic Surgery 

Tareneh Manning @ Bassett Mix 

 Taylor Plastic Surgery  

Thatch Jewelry  

The Bike Route  

The Independent  

Trailside Yoga  

Tribe of Women  

Twinkle Tees  

Underwoods  

Walker Brothers  

Walton Arts Center  

Westwood Gardens  

Woodstone Pizza  

Yoga Deza   

    

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