More than 500 guests enjoyed wine from around the world and outstanding cuisine from 15 award-winning Lorain County and western Cuyahoga County restaurants at the Arthritis Foundation’s 16th Annual L’Amour du Vin. The event surpassed its financial goal raising more than $56,000 to support local Arthritis Foundation programs, services and research.
The benefit was presented by EMH Healthcare and Donald S. Sheldon, M.D., EMH’s president and CEO, was the event’s honorary chair.
Mike Tetreault of Fairview Park was the winner of the wine bottle raffle and Bill Locke of Lakewood was the winner of the jewelry raffle.
The sold-out VIP Lounge was sponsored by KeyBank, where Bistro 83 provided a special food presentation, samples and demonstrations. Barrel-aged cocktail tastings from Brown-Forman and spa services from EXHALE: The Spa at EMH added to guests’ enjoyment.
Other sponsors included AM 1390 WEOL, 107.3 the WAVE, The Morning Journal, Pulse, West Shore livewell, Emerson Network Power, Vandemark Jewelers, Elyria Hyundai, Pat O’Brien Chevrolet, Benko Products, Inc., Michael Bongers at Robert W. Baird & Co., The Center for Orthopaedics, Emergency Medicine Consultants of Lorain County, Ethel Tyler Charitable Trust, Interim HealthCare, Invacare Corporation, Kolczun and Kolczun Orthopaedics, Cleveland Clinic Lorain, ShurTech Brands, LLC, General Plug & Manufacturing, North Ohio Heart/Ohio Medical Group, Springer Health Care Systems, Cavitch, Familo & Durkin, L.P.A., The Collection Auto Group, Drs. Russell, Berkebile and Associates, Inc., FirstMerit Private Bank, Independence Village, LifeShare Community Blood Services, Lorain County Community College Foundation, OEConnection, LLC.
Nearly 1.3 million people of all ages in Northeastern Ohio have been diagnosed with arthritis. Since the event’s debut, L’Amour du Vin has raised more than $400,000 that has contributed to improving the lives of people of all ages with arthritis.