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An international toast to children's health: Tickets now available for WineFest No. 13

The painting Heal by Ta-coumba Aiken will be a highlight of WineFest's live auction.

Don’t miss this premier wine charity event that will bring together community leaders, medical professionals, wine lovers, advocates for children’s health, and honorary winemasters from Australia for a two-day celebration to raise money for leading-edge research in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota.

Guests will enjoy exquisite wines, gourmet menus, and enticing auctions while supporting groundbreaking medical discoveries that help children all over the world. Hosted by the University Pediatrics Foundation (UPF), an affiliate of the Minnesota Medical Foundation, the festivities will take place May 9 and 10 at the Depot in downtown Minneapolis.

The fun begins with Friday evening’s Wine Symposium, a lively and informative seminar featuring Australian vintners—and their premier and specialty wines.

The Grand Tasting follows, with an opportunity to sample more than 400 wines, savor signature menu selections from top Twin Cities restaurants, and bid on silent auction items, ranging from rare sports memorabilia to wine-country getaways.

Saturday night’s Fine Wine Dinner will feature a champagne reception, silent auction, and a multicourse gourmet menu created by top Twin Cities chefs and complemented by a selection of world-class Australian wines.

During the dinner program, UPF will recognize Adopt A Room (see cover story) and the Children’s Cancer Research Fund for their work benefiting children’s health. A rousing live auction and dance music by Vanguard will wrap up the evening.

Event cochairs Joanne Jirik Mullen and Yvette Mullen and dozens of committed volunteers and advisers have made WineFest No. 13 a weekend you won’t want to miss.

Proceeds from WineFest No. 13 directly support the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. Since its inception, WineFest has raised more than $6.5 million to support research to treat or cure childhood illnesses and disorders, help launch the research careers of promising junior faculty, and purchase essential medical equipment.

Tickets are on sale now. Reserve your spot, join us as a corporate sponsor, or sign up to volunteer by visiting the WineFest website or by calling 612-626-5720.

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