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An Evening of Wine Raises More Than $250,000 for Diabetes Research

Proceeds from PNDRI's flagship fundraiser support the Institute's mission of eliminating diabetes and its complications


Seattle – October 6, 2009 – It took 3,740 wine glasses to serve the record 340 guests in attendance at the sixth annual An Evening of Wine on September 25 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. An Evening of Wine is the flagship fundraiser hosted by the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI) to support its mission of eliminating diabetes and its complications.

Every year, PNDRI partners with 10 Washington wineries for the event, which features a wine tasting reception with pours from each partner, a wine tasting game in which guests compete to match blind pours with tasting notes, and both silent and live auctions.

This year's sponsors of PNDRI's An Evening of Wine included premier sponsor McKinstry; media partner Seattle Business; gold sponsors Overlake Hospital & Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center and Visual Media Group; silver sponsors Nintendo of America and Providence Health & Services; and bronze sponsors ClearPoint, LLC, Comfort Mechanical Incorporated, Ducky's Office Furniture, Jermaine Magnuson and Juanita Garrison, Seattle Steam, Sound Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Speckman Law Group PLLC.

PNDRI's winery partners are Chandler's Reach Vineyards from Tri-Cities; Dunham Cellars, Reininger Winery and Va Piano Vineyards from Walla Walla; DeLille Cellars, Efeste, JM Cellars and Matthews Estate Winery from Woodinville; Boudreaux Cellars from Leavenworth; and Fall Line Winery from Seattle.

"We couldn't do this without our sponsors and winery partners," said Dan Caldwell, Evening of Wine 2009 Guild Chair. "Their participation is what makes this event a success. Especially given the gloomy economy, the fact that attendees so graciously opened their wallets to help fund diabetes research is all the more impressive." The amount raised totaled $256,300.

Auction items included a "CEO Package," a 30-bottle assortment of wine donated from the personal cellars of Seattle community leaders like Gov. Christine Gregoire, Seattle Symphony conductor Gerard Schwarz, and Costco Founder Jeff Brotman. Other popular items included a McKinstry-hosted party for 30 in which guests would dine on food from Fireside Grill and enjoy wines from McKave, McKinstry's own aptly named cellar.

PNDRI is an independent diabetes research center focused on advancing basic and clinical knowledge to better predict, prevent, treat, and cure diabetes in all its forms. Its team of 85 physicians, scientists, and technical staff are dedicated to realizing scientific discoveries that lead to better health and quality of life for every person living with, or at risk of developing, diabetes.

About Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute (PNDRI): PNDRI is an independent non-profit biomedical and clinical research center dedicated to eliminating diabetes and its complications. Founded in Seattle in 1956 by Dr. William Hutchinson, Sr., who also founded the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, PNDRI is advancing basic and clinical knowledge to help predict, prevent, treat and cure diabetes in all its forms. The Institute's acclaimed team of 85 physicians, scientists and technical staff strive to realize clinical discoveries that improve the health of the 246 million people worldwide living with diabetes. For more information about PNDRI, visit www.pndri.org or call (206) 726-1200. If you were just diagnosed with diabetes or want to learn more about the disease, please visit our Diabetes Resources page.