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Matlacha Hookers host ‘groovy’ wine tasting at Alden Pines

February 21, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

About 200 people attended the Matlacha Hookers 6th annual wine tasting Sunday afternoon at Alden Pines Country Club.

This year's theme was "Peace, Love and Wine" - remembering the '60s and '70s. The topics of the day were "Charlie's Angels," "Bob Dylan," "Mod Squad" and "the Fonz."

All the groovy people found champagne flowing in the disco room through a "dynamite" ice sculpture, "righteous" sweets donated by CW Fudge and a one-of-a-kind themed painting by local artist Mel Meo.

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'Flower Child' William Tidball – co-owner of CW Fudge, was on hand serving his sweets.


"Last year we had a wine sponsor for all the wine and this year we have 10 wine sponsors to sponsor the six tasting wines," Hookers' Madam Julia Simpson said. "Outside we have our silent auction table with the baskets to be auctioned off and the six wines to taste three red and three white."

The wine sponsors were Don Perlis, Vicki and Rick Morrison, Pink and Ron Wesorick, Island Exchange Realty, Sam Yaffe Experience Real Estate Group, Ted Bluey, Joan and Phil Rosenberg, Island Girl Fitness & Yoga Studio, John Mayer Waterside Marine & Nancy Chandler.

"Cheeses were provided by Publix and Matlacha Hooker members also donated food," Simpson said. "Tommy Barr is providing the entertainment playing hits from the 1960s and 1970s."

"All of the proceeds from the wine festival go to the Beacon of HOPE to benefit island seniors," Simpson said. "The seniors programs offer assistance with seniors medical deductibles, Meals on Wheels, rent, water, phone, mammograms, lab work and prescriptions, dental care, food cards for in-between food stamps, support for grandparents who have to become parents, gas money for interviews and doctor appointments; property taxes, personal hygiene products, renew drivers license and senior events, such as balance, memory, health insurance and end of life care. So we're really proud to assist the Beacon with these needs."

"Last year we were able to raise $12,000 for the Beacon of HOPE's senior program," Simpson said. "That came from ticket sales, the silent auction and the mystery wine. We hope to be even more successful this year."



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