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Art auction and wine tasting event to benefit Volunteers of America/ReStart



L’uva Bella Wine Gallery (13925 S. Virginia St., Reno) hosts the final “Friends of Friends” wine tasting Sept. 28, 2011, as the summer series benefitting Volunteers of America Northern Nevada/ReStart draws to a close.

The 5:30 to 8 p.m. event will feature an auction of client-created fine art recently showcased during Artown 2011, as well as select wines, appetizers and the music of guitarist Stevie Bradford.

Tickets, priced at $30, are available by calling L’uva Bella Wine Gallery at (775) 851-1110, or Volunteers of America at (775) 322-7143. Tickets also may be purchased at the Nevada Matters Studio in the Reno-Sparks Local Business Co-op (1301 Cordone Ave., Reno, Nev.).

“What better way to say goodbye to summer than to spend an enchanted evening sharing fine wine, great food, and the sounds of local musician Stevie Bradford in a gorgeous setting, while enjoying the chance to bid on beautiful art created by our very own clients,” said Volunteers of America Development and Community Relations Officer Sandy Isham. “Best of all, proceeds from this event will be used to continue the critical mental health support services provided by Volunteers of America/ReStart right here in our own community.”

In a season that has seen unwavering community support for Volunteers of America/ReStart by a variety of partners ranging from the Boy Scouts of America to Archie, the mop-topped mascot of the Reno Aces, L’uva Bella Wine Gallery has been a standout.

“L’uva Bella is proud to support our community and we are delighted to partner with Volunteers of America in their mission to help strengthen individuals and families who are struggling with poverty and homelessness,” said Debby Bullentini, owner of L’uva Bella Wine Gallery. “When we work together we can make a difference.”

The artwork to be auctioned include small- and large-format works – all on paper – and feature such drawing and painting media as charcoal, conte crayons, pastels and acrylics.

Established locally in 1911, the Greater Sacramento & Northern Nevada affiliate of Volunteers of America is one of the largest providers of social services in the region, operating programs dedicated to ending homelessness, supporting the most vulnerable populations and transforming communities. Each night, Volunteers of America Greater Sacramento & Northern Nevada provides housing for as many as 1,800 men, women and children in its service communities.

For more information, see volunteersofamerica-nv.org, or call Sandy Isham, development and community relations officer at 775.322.7143.


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