For the tenth year, Henry Miles chaired Grape Possibilities Wine Tasting and Auction held in the McKinley Room of the Canton Cultural Center on Thursday evening, but he credited his wife with the idea for the fundraiser for the Arc of Stark County.
“We wanted a different kind of event, and we are grateful for the support it’s received over the past 10 years,” Beth Miles said. The Arc supports programs and services for people with developmental disabilities in Stark and surrounding counties. It offers personal advocacy services, support groups and summer camps.
The evening began with a VIP Platinum Wine Tasting. Francine Wuchnick of Buehler’s Fresh Foods served cheese fondue, while Mike Walpole offered cheese samples from Brewster Dairy.
Rick Rodgers of Heidelberg Distributing had a story to tell about the Italian white wine he served to Valerie and Randy Williams. Angie Gamber and Jenny Zimmer liked the pepperoni cheese from Biery Cheese. Enjoying the specialty wines were Stark County Common Pleas Judge Frank Forchione, Frank and Debbie Gonzales, Joe and Georgia DiPietro, Richard Regula, Doug Linhart, and Laurie and Randy Lewis.
In the McKinley Room, Me and This Other Guy entertained with music, while Deb White, Rich Arnold and Roger Lyons were among the guests placing bids on wine-themed silent auction items. Bill Green, superintendent of the Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities, enjoyed the event with Michael and Deby Barath, David and Loretta Beule, Margaret Harrity, Bob Soles, Todd Earle, Chris and Denny Thompson, and Scott and Joanne Smart.
Carl and Lisa Boss recommended the cranberry wine served by Maize Valley Winery. “It tastes like biting into fresh cranberries,” said Janet Knight, as she enjoyed the tasting with Ashley and Phil Schandel and Melody Simon. Karen Goebel recommended the pinot noir served by Joe Zaucha of JZ Selections.
Ron Klonowski, executive director of the Arc, recognized Dennis Dent of Airfasco Industries Inc. for hiring people with developmental disabilities. Dent said it was a sound business decision for the aerospace manufacturing company and gave Airfasco some excellent employees.
Jeff Becherer of Superior Beverage won the 50/50 raffle, but donated his winnings back to the Arc.