WOODINVILLE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On Saturday, August 17, 2013, Columbia Winery Charity Walk & Run will bring together more than 1,400 runners and walkers in Woodinville Wine Country to raise funds for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. In its eighth consecutive year, the 5K Run/Walk, 10K Run, and Kids Dash will commence at Columbia Winery.
The need for funds to cover uncompensated care in Seattle is estimated to exceed $110 million in 2013. Of the more than 100,000 patients treated at Children’s each year, 65% need financial assistance. The hospital remains committed to providing excellent pediatric care for all children, regardless of a family's ability to pay. Last year, Children's provided $113 million to families in need.
As part of the larger Auction of Washington Wines association – the region’s most prestigious charity wine event – the Columbia Winery Charity Run & Walk is organized by the Run for Children’s Guild and supported by KING 5 to provide financial support for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Over the past eight years, the Columbia Winery has helped generate a net $500,000 for the cause. This year, they hope to help raise more than $100,000.
“The need for uncompensated care continues to grow,” said Aileen Kelly, Executive Director of the Seattle Children’s Hospital Guild Association. “We feel so fortunate to have the generous support of the Columbia Winery, as well as the runners, walkers and sponsors, to help us provide quality care for all children in our community.”
The race will begin and end at Columbia Winery, following a route through the heart of Woodinville Wine Country.
“We are proud to show our support and help bring much-needed funds to Seattle Children’s Hospital,” said John Sportelli, Senior Manager of Columbia Winery. “I can’t wait to present this year’s donation at the Saturday evening Wine Gala as a symbol of our community’s dedication to this cause.”
After the Columbia Winery Run & Walk, participants who present their race number are invited to enjoy 50% off tastings and a 25% discount on bottles of wine at the iconic Columbia Winery tasting room. The winery’s delicious flatbreads will also be available for purchase.
“I admire all of our participants for their dedication to this cause and am looking forward to congratulating them after the race at our Woodinville tasting room,” said Columbia Winemaker Sean Hails.
For more information on the Columbia Winery Run & Walk, please visit the Run
for Children’s website or contact Suzanne Linich at 425-482-7459 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets for all events, including the Saturday evening Wine Gala, will
be available on the Auction
of Wines Washington website: www.auctionofwashingtonwines.org/events/.
Date: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Location: 14030 NE 145th Street, Woodinville, WA 98072
Events: 10K Run, 5K Run or Walk, and Kids Dash
$30 (Through July 31)
$35 (August 1 - 14)
$40 (Day of the event)
FREE for Children 12 and under (Timing chip and t-shirt not included)
6:30 AM: Onsite registration & bib pickup begins
8:00 AM: 10K Run starts
8:15 AM: 5K Run/Walk starts
9:20 AM: Kids Dash
9:30 AM: Awards Ceremony
11:00 AM: Post event Festival ends
Register online, by mail (must be received by 8/14), or day of race (6:30 AM - 7:30 AM). Registration is not required for children 12 & under for 5K and Kids Dash. (Timing chip and T-shirt not included for children 12 and under).
Limited space is available at the Columbia Winery, Chateau Ste. Michelle & Novelty Hill Januik Winery, so please consider carpooling!
- Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female finishers in both the 5K & 10K
- Bib drawing - all participants entered into drawing
- Top 3 fundraisers – individual
- Top 3 fundraisers – team (Learn how to register as a team!)
About Columbia Winery
For more than 50 years, Columbia Winery has embraced a progressive winemaking philosophy that has led to new grape varieties, vineyards and blends. Today, Winemaker Sean Hails continues this innovation, handcrafting an award-winning collection of Washington State wines from grapes grown on southwest-facing slopes in the Columbia Valley. At the height of the growing season, the sun shines for up to 16 hours per day. This intense sunlight, coupled with only up to 12 inches of rain annually, translates to deeply concentrated color, flavor and structure in the glass. Located in the heart of Woodinville, the Columbia tasting room offers daily tastings in a rustic, yet elegant, setting.
About the Auction of Washington Wines
Since its inception in 1988, the Auction of Washington Wines has raised more than $28 million, with a majority benefitting uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital. This distinguished event gives wine lovers the chance to help the Washington wine industry bridge a critical funding gap for children across the Northwest. The 2013 Auction of Washington Wines will take place August 15-17, 2013. Co-chairs are Bob Betz of Betz Family Winery and Stein Kruse, president & CEO of Holland America Line and chairman of Seabourn. Major sponsors have included Chateau Ste. Michelle, Holland America Line, John L. Scott Foundation, King 5 TV, Seattle Magazine, Tulalip Resort Casino, Viking Range/Gateway Appliance Distributing, CKA Creative, and Wine Spectator.
About Seattle Children’s Hospital
Consistently ranked as one of the best children's hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children's serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children's hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children's has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children's serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children's Research Institute and Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation. Together they are Seattle Children's, known for setting new standards in superior patient care for more than 100 years.