Second Annual Uncorked & Uncapped Wine, Beer, and Food Fest Raises $78k!

September 28th, 2015

On Thursday, September 24th, The Arc of Essex County held its second annual Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer, and Food Fest at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston. The night was abuzz with a variety of activities and tastings for the more than 250 attendees to enjoy. The evening featured a wine pull, homebrew competition, silent auction, awards ceremony, and capped off with fine wine, craft beer, spirits, and restaurant samplings from more than 30 local establishments.

The evening’s proceeds surpassed last year’s earnings, totaling almost $78,000. These funds will directly support The Arc’s many programs and services that assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Essex County.

“All of the food and beverages at the event were truly outstanding,” said Livingston resident and The Arc of Essex County Board Member, Marnie McNany. “In its second year, Uncorked and Uncapped is getting bigger and better.  I enjoyed the repeat-favorite cheeseburger sliders from Verona Inn and the Australian wines from The A-List. We are already looking forward to the event in 2016!” Other guest favorites included an assortment of cheeses from Whole Foods Market in Montclair, and the Pumpkin Ale from Climax Brewing.

As always, The Arc honored the individuals and groups who have been integral to the agency’s success, including:

  • Corporate Partner Award:  Todd W. Polyniak, CPA, SaxBST
  • Public Partner Award:  Joseph Tempesta, Jr., Mayor of West Caldwell and Business Administrator of East Hanover
  • Community Partner Award:  Knights of Columbus - East Hanover, Fairfield, Livingston, Montclair, Short Hills, and Verona

A special Lifetime Achievement Award was given to John O’Brien, Secretary of the Board of Directors for The Arc of Essex County, for his amazing and unwavering support of The Arc for more than 40 years.  

The evening wound down with the crowning of the “2015 Uncorked & Uncapped Brew Master.” John Byrne of Hopatcong, NJ, Jim Cully of Catawissa, PA, and Jan Chwiedosiuk of Stirling, NJ took home prizes for their home brews.  

The entire event could not have been possible without the help of our sponsors: SaxBST, Connell Foley, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, PSE&G, Oratory Prep, Bird Pharma Consulting LLC, Primepoint HRMS & Payroll, Ulta Beauty, Benefit Management Solutions, Certified Financial Services, EdPowerment, friends of Mayor Joseph Tempesta, Jr., Gallagher Bollinger, Jonathan J. Proce Foundation, Leshner Franchino & Co., TD Bank, and Secretary of the Board of Directors for The Arc of Essex County, John O’Brien.

This year’s Uncorked & Uncapped: Wine, Beer, and Food Fest was a success thanks to every vendor, sponsor, honoree, attendee, volunteer, donor, and staff member who assisted. Save the date for the 2016 event, returning to the Westminster Hotel on Thursday, September 29th! If you know of any restaurants, breweries, or wine vendors interested in participating, please contact The Arc of Essex County’s Director of Development and Communication, Heather Comstock at 973-535-1181 x 1224.