“Libraries play an important role in the area’s vibrancy.”
The second annual University City Wine Fest on April 14thhad it all: a sunny day on the boardwalk, music, food, beer and wine tastings, and more – all to benefit Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
“It was a natural fit to connect the Wine Fest with the Library,” explains Darlene Heater, Executive Director of University City Partners. “This event brings together our University City community, and also welcomes people from throughout Charlotte who may be exploring this area for the first time. University City sits at the nexus of education and business, and our libraries play an important role in the area’s vibrancy.”
This year’s Wine Fest sold out, with 1100 attendees. Darlene Heater credits community enthusiasm, along with Wine Vault and other event sponsors with its success. Last week she delivered checks for $10,000 to both University City Regional and Sugar Creek Library locations, which serve the University City neighborhood. Jonita Edmonds, manager of the University City Regional Library, is grateful for the support. “We are still planning the allocation of Wine Fest funds, but we know we will enhance the children’s area with some nice rugs, and purchase equipment that our staff can bring to outreach programs in area community centers. We are proud to partner with the Wine Fest, and the money raised will have a visible impact for our community.”
University City Wine Fest will be an annual event, and plans for the future include an even more prominent role for the Library. Darlene Heater notes, “Our partners and sponsors recognize that by supporting Library programs we improve literacy rates and everyone benefits. The Wine Fest is just one way to reinforce the message that our Libraries are essential for our communities.”
To learn more about event partnerships, please contact Jenni Gaisbauer at 704-416-0801 or firstname.lastname@example.org.