L’Amour du Vin Draws 450 to Avon Oaks for The Arthritis Foundation

Event co-chair Chris Lynch with Darby Schwartz, Division Vice President Arthritis Foundation, and Christopher Smith, CEO, Great Lakes Region.

Event co-chair Chris Lynch with Darby Schwartz, Division Vice President Arthritis Foundation, and Christopher Smith, CEO, Great Lakes Region.

L’Amour du Vin, Lorain County’s premier food and wine event, celebrated 17 years of world class wine-tasting and award-winning local cuisine on Thursday, October 9.

Presented by University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, this annual event benefits the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region, Northeastern Ohio.

From 6 to 9 p.m., L’Amour du Vin hosted more than 450 guests at Avon Oaks Country Club.  Wines from around the world and food from 17 local restaurants were featured. More than $65,000 was raised, exceeding the event’s goal.

The Arthritis Foundation expressed special thanks to event co-chairs Linda Hamann and Chris Lynch, and also to the event sponsors.  Presenting Sponsor was University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center. Corporate sponsors included Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, P.L.L.; Emerson Network Power, Ethel Tyler Charitable Trust,  FirstMerit Private Bank,  General Plug & Manufacturing, C. Lynch/Sig Ep Alumni,  and Miller Coors.

L’Amour du Vin co-chairs Linda Hamann and Chris Lynch.

L’Amour du Vin co-chairs Linda Hamann and Chris Lynch.

Participating restaurants in this year’s L’Amour du Vin included: 41 North, Ahern Catering, Aladdin’s Eatery, AMP150 Restaurant & Bar, Arrabiata’s Italian Restaurant, Bistro 83, Chef Shawn Gregg, Gatherings Kitchen, Gourmet Guy Catering, Kiedrowski’s Simply Delicious Bakery, Little Devil Cupcakery, Parker’s Grille and Tavern, Sapori Italian Grille, Seryrell’s Food Products, LLC; Sweet Designs Chocolatier, Taki’s Greek Kitchen and Your Deli.

VIP ticket-holders enjoyed an exclusive lounge where 41 North provided special food presentations, samples and demonstrations.  Fall-inspired cocktail tastings from Brown-Forman and spa services from EXHALE: The Spa added special twists to the event this year.

Other event highlights included live music, a silent auction and raffles featuring a “Dine Around” collection of restaurant gift certificates and a five-day, four-night western Caribbean cruise, among many other prizes.

L’Amour du Vin has been instrumental in raising funds supporting local Arthritis Foundation programs and services and research. Nearly 1.3 million people of all ages in Northeastern Ohio have been diagnosed with arthritis. Learn more about the mission of the Arthritis Foundation in Northeastern Ohio at www.arthritis.org/ohio

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