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Hookers’ Afternoon Delight attracts a crowd

Visitors enjoy wine, cheese, chocolate samples

April 10, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

The first annual Afternoon Delight, an event hosted by the Matlacha Hookers, was a success as people flooded the Calusa Ridge model home to taste wine, cheese and chocolates.

Barbara Johnson joined the festivities Sunday afternoon because to one of her friends being a Matlacha Hooker.

"Very nice," she said as she continued to taste cheeses and sip her wine. "I think it's going to be a success."

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Approximately 120 people made their way through the room full of chocolates during the Matlacha Hookers Afternoon Delight, wine tasting with cheese pairings and decadent chocolates fund-raiser Sunday afternoon at a model home in Calusa Ridge.

Johnson said she enjoyed tasting the different cheeses, as well as taste the white wine.

Those who attended the event had the opportunity to taste three red and three white wines - Irony by Monterey Pinot Noir, HandCraft Cabernet Sauvignon, HandCraft Petit Sirah, HandCraft Chardonnay, Massimo Sauvignon Blanc and Sequin Pinot Grigio Delicately Bubbled. Those who enjoyed the wine had the opportunity to donate $5 to enjoy a full glass.

The event also included a mystery wine raffle that included 56 bottles. For a $5 donation, individuals received a numbered cork that correlated with a specific bottle of wine. All 56 bottles were purchased through donations.

There was also a silent auction and Chinese action set up outside on the patio for individuals to try their luck.

Jane Godwin and her husband, Russ, attended the event because Barbara Jameson, co-chair of the event, treated them to tickets.

"It's my birthday," Jane said smiling. "Barbara Jameson gave us tickets as a birthday present."

The couple enjoyed the event out in the enclosed pool area Sunday afternoon.

"Very good," she said of the event. "Everyone seems like they are having a good time."

Since the Godwins are from France, they both said they are red wine drinkers, which they enjoyed at the event.

Jane said the island is terrific and the people have hearts of gold.

Jameson said she wanted to hold the event because it is something that the people needed - a fund-raiser filled with wine tasting with cheese pairings and decadent chocolates.

"A lot of people don't like to leave their precious island, so we brought it to them," she said.

The doors to the Calusa Ridge model home opened at 2 p.m. when a rush of people came through to try the many delicious treats and wine before the event ended at 5 p.m. Jameson said there were at least 120 people who attended the event.

"We are going to have one every year now," she said of the event.

The monies raised during the fund-raiser benefited the Beacon of H.O.P.E. senior programs. Jameson said although they always give money to the elementary school, the need for seniors who live below the poverty line is also great.

"I'm so heartened by the fact that the community stepped up and helped us," she said of the event.



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