Your support of the Ladybug Fund made the Richmond Times-Dispatch! Thank you to all who joined us for the Winetasting and Silent Auction -- we had a great time. Read the excerpt below, or continue straight to Richmond.com >>
The 16th annual Ladybug Fund Winetasting and Silent Auction was held April 16 at Richmond International Raceway.
More than 350 guests sampled a selection of international and West Coast wines as well as local specialties from restaurants including The Betty on Davis and Julep’s.
The event raised $67,748. Popular auction items included a champagne brunch at The Jefferson and a private wine class for 20 at Total Wine.
The ARC Ladybug Fund is used to support children with disabilities at the Greater Richmond ARC.
2016 Ladybug Fund Winetasting & Silent Auction Full of Firsts
Mobile bidding replaced paper bid sheets, a Wine Shop featured key wines from the tasting for guests to purchase and take home and the proceeds from the Ladybug Fund can now apply to all services that benefit children at ARC. Previously, the Ladybug Fund only benefited ICDS, but a recent change in policy made these funds available to all children receiving services in ICDS, Respite, Summer Camp and Afterschool.
The Wine Shop took spotlight as the biggest hit of the night. The shop sold down within an hour and will need to be expanded for next year.
The silent auction also featured new, exciting items. A Beginner Beekeeping Kit attracted a lot of attention. Mama J’s, a new addition to the selection of restaurants in attendance, won favor. The team is hopeful they will participate again next year – Mama herself represented the restaurant and won the crowd with both home-style charm and food.
Preliminary numbers are still being calculated but the Ladybug Fund stands to net approximately $66,000.00 for children’s services.
The Development team would like to thank the sponsors, donors, volunteers and guests who made this night possible. You make this community stronger.
RICHMOND, Va. (April 17, 2014)--More than 400 guests and volunteers attended The Greater Richmond ARC's annual Ladybug Winetasting and Silent Auction at the Richmond Raceway Complex's Torque Club on April 5, 2014.
The event raised $99,000, with proceeds benefiting The Greater Richmond ARC's Infant and Child Development program, which provides specialized therapies for children with developmental disabilities.
Overlooking the race track, The Torque Club was a luxurious setting for attendees to sample gourmet foods prepared by ten local restaurants, as well as a selection of fine West Coast wines.
The silent auction included items such as a Richmond charm bracelet from Stevens Jewelers; a Skybox at a Flying Squirrels baseball game courtesy of The Wilton Companies; and a one-hour helicopter flight for three over Richmond donated by Advanced Therapy Products.
"We had a great turnout for a great event," said Erin Kasoff, ARC's coordinator for the Ladybug Winetasting. "This fundraiser helps support much-needed services for children with developmental disabilities who participate in our ARC program. We appreciate the companies whose donations made our silent auction a success, and are thankful for the support of the Richmond community at large."
More than $110,000 was raised for the Ladybug Fund Scholarship of the Greater Richmond ARC at its 12th annual Ladybug Winetasting and Silent Auction on April 28 at Plant Zero.