Spirits of Spring fundraiser sees big increase

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Gleneagle Sertoma Club members are calling the ninth annual Spirits of Spring Wine and Beer Tasting fundraiser for charity a complete success.

“We had a record number of people in attendance and raised about 20 percent more than last year,” said Eric Emde, who served on the event-planning committee.

There were almost 300 people in attendance and, while the final total has yet to be calculated, Todd Sherman, another committee member, said he hopes the total will top $15,000.

The name “Sertoma” was created from the phrase “Service to Mankind,” which sums up the mission of Sertoma Clubs worldwide.

Proceeds from the Spirits of Spring fundraiser directly benefit Home Front Cares, Pikes Peak Hospice and Tri-Lakes Cares. The Gleneagle Sertoma Club will also use part f the proceeds to help low-income people to receive low-cost audiologist services and hearing aids through the Sertoma HEARS program. The club also supports local Boy Scout troops, the Mission Medical Clinic, Salvation Army, hearing-impaired students, Aspen Camp for the Hearing Impaired and other local organizations.

Event attendees participated in both a silent auction and a live auction as well as taking the opportunity to tryout a variety of wines and beers and sample specialties dishes provided by local restaurants. It was also an opportunity to learn more about the charities benefitting from the event.