BY ERIC ERAMO For the News-Times , October 7, 2016, Section B1
An event aimed at raising money to help projects that benefit girls and women in Lincoln County will mark another year on Sunday, Oct. 9, at the Newport Performing Arts Center.
The third annual Celebration of Women “Wine & Chocolate” event, which serves as the primary fundraiser for the Central Oregon Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women Foundation, runs from 2-4 p.m. The program raised about $5,000 last year.
“NOW’s goal is to spread awareness to the community, and this being the major fundraiser for the organization, this event is a big deal,” said Nancy Campbell Mead, a NOW national board member and former circuit court judge, who played a big role in the founding of the local chapter in 2012.
“Providing the community with a vast amount of education through having other local community groups set up tables and hand out information is a big part of the event.”
One of the key components of the event will be a silent auction with more than 90 items ranging from gift certificates from local community establishments, gift baskets from area women advocacy groups, handcrafted jewelry and pottery.
Newport Mayor Sandra Roumagoux, who has been painting professionally for more than 40 years, is also donating one her pieces of art. “The piece captures the coast in an early setting. With my responsibilities, I cannot be as involved as I would want to, (so) any way I can help (NOW) I try and do so.”
Local businessman Joseph Swafford also donated a selection of red and white wines, while the chocolate for the event comes from shops in the area.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the all-female band 3 Twins & a Fish.
The local NOW foundation has been assisting local girls and women since becoming a chapter in December 2012. The foundation is a 501(c)3 organization, and donations are tax deductible.
For more information about the Celebration of Women “Wine & Chocolate” event contact the local NOW foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A silent auction will be held to raise money at the third annual Celebration of Women “Wine & Chocolate” event on Sunday, Oct. 9. Some of the items to be auctioned are shown. (Photo by Eric Eramo)