Assistant Managing Editor
The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation hosted it’s 23rd annual Manhattan Wine Auction on June 3rd at the Manhattan Beach Country club in order to raise funds for MBEF.
MBEF is a community-ran fund raising organization that works to provide opportunities to students and class materials within the seven Manhattan Beach Unified School District schools.The organization is recognized as a 501c organization and was founded in 1983.
“The wine auction is a great way to support MBEF,” Wine Auction attendee Judi Walley said. “It is essential for MBEF to hold events like this because these events are able to fund what happens in the classroom.”
The wine auction is the largest charitable wine auction in Southern California. Last year, the auction raised $1.1 million dollars to go towards MBEF. Approximately 2,000 guests attend per year.
Tickets sold out, as general admission tickets costed $300 dollars per while while the reserve room tickets costed $500 per person. Silent auction tables were located throughout the venue and attendees could also use the mobile bidding feature.
“The use of technology really bettered the auctions,” Walley said. “I think It allowed MBEF to raise more money because it was easier to facilitate. Overall, I think the event went very smoothly thanks to all those that helped, donated, and sponsored.”
Approximately 40 local restaurants catered the event while 75 wineries provided the wine. The auctions offered guests the opportunity to bid for spirits and wine, trips, sporting events, and concerts.
Sponsors for the event include the Manhattan Beach Country Club, Chevron, Belkin, and Wells Fargo. Some of the restaurants that provided the food were Love & Salt, Fishing with Dynamite and Nick’s Manhattan Beach. The event begins at 4:30PM and lasted until 11PM.
“The sponsors did an amazing job at putting on the event,” Walley said. “I was really impressed with the caliber of work of which they put into the auction. All the food and drink were wonderful and my favorite part was the Brussels sprouts from Tin Roof Bistro.”