Uncorked & Uncapped Raises More than $70K

September 29th, 2014

On Thursday, September 18, 2014 nearly 200 friends and supporters of The Arc of Essex County attended the agency’s first annual “Uncorked & Uncapped -Wine, Beer, and Food Fest” at the Westminster Hotel in Livingston, New Jersey. The event raised more than $71,000 through the generous support of sponsors and attendees.

Guests spent the evening socializing while sampling food and beverages from a variety of vendors, consisting of more than 25 craft beers, 25 wines, and 11 restaurants. Some of the tastings available included an assortment of wines from Opici Family Distributing, craft beer from Cricket Hill Brewery, bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers from the Verona Inn, crab cakes from McLoone’s Boathouse, and ice cream and frozen yogurt from Mark and Julie’s Homemade Ice Cream, amongst other items.

Throughout the night, a Homebrew Competition, a “Wine Pull,” and a silent auction took place. During the Homebrew Competition, guests sampled each beer and cast their vote for their favorite homebrew variety, naming Matt Bentler of Hackettstown, New Jersey the winning Brew Master. The silent auction consisted of 22 items, generously donated by supporters of The Arc. Some of the items available for bidding were the following: Disney World accommodations for six nights, a Power Wheels Yankee Mustang autographed by 12 Yankees players, dinner at The Manor, an overnight stay in New York City, and much more.

Amidst the bountiful buffet of food and beverages, four honorees were recognized for their continued leadership and support of The Arc of Essex County. Award recipients were: 

• Corporate Partner Award: Michael Franchino of Leshner, Franchino & Co.

• Public Partner Award: The Township of Livingston

• Community Partner Award: West Essex UNICO

• Lifetime Achievement Award: Bruce Bird, Ph.D.

The award recipients were personally thanked by Chief Executive Officer Linda C. Lucas and Board President Brad Hopton. Much of the evening’s success was due in part to the tremendous support of the event sponsors who contributed a total of $54,000. “Uncorked and Uncapped” sponsors were: Presenting Sponsor: Leshner, Franchino & Co.; Welcome Sponsors: Connell Foley and PricewaterhouseCoopers; Food Sponsors: Oratory Prep and PSE&G; Dessert Sponsors: Bird Pharma Consulting, DSW Shoe Warehouse, PrimePoint, and TD Bank; Souvenir Tasting Journal Sponsors: Benefit Management Solutions, Certified Financial Services, EdPowerment, Gallagher Bollinger, and Taylor Real Estate.

The success of this wine, beer, and food event was made possible thanks to all of The Arc’s supporters: guests, sponsors, vendors, and donors.

Planning is already underway for the second annual “Uncorked & Uncapped -Wine, Beer, and Food Fest” scheduled for Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the Westminster Hotel. Check The Arc of Essex County’s website in 2015 for details.