In its first-ever virtual event series, the Auction of Washington Wines raised more than $1.74 million, according to a news release from AWW. Proceeds from the events benefit Seattle Children’s, Washington State University Viticulture and Enology Program research, and AWW. 

“We are so grateful for the incredible show of support for the Washington wine industry, which is such a key part of the overall Washington state economy,” said Beth McCaw, AWW board president, in the release.

Over 600 people registered for the online auction. Top auction lots of the virtual live gala were the “PPP — Post-pandemic Pool Party hosted by Macklemore,” a trip to London to see the premiere of the next Bond movie and the chance to explore Napa, “The Other Wine Country,” with Karen MacNeil, AWW 2020–2021 honorary chair. 

“Despite the challenges, change in format and experience, we are heartened that our supporters came to the ‘virtual’ table and donated so generously this year,” said Jamie Peha, AWW executive director, in the release. “We are thankful to our sponsors, board of directors, auction team and all our partners for their flexibility and generous contributions. Everyone was invested in making this year the best it could possibly be.”

Next year’s Auction of Washington Wines weekend is scheduled for Aug. 12–14, 2021.

For those who could not attend the virtual or online events and wish to make a donation, go to:

by Jonelle Mejica