Kulpmont wine festival to donate this year's proceeds to cancer charities
MOUNT CARMEL - The Kulpmont Knights of Columbus has pledged that money raised through sponsorships of October's wine festival will be given to two charitable organizations, both of which help people affected by cancer.
The third annual festival will have the theme "Uncork the Cure." It will held Saturday, Oct. 11, at Holy Angels picnic grounds in Kulpmont. October is breast cancer awareness month, which was the main factor that led the festival committee to decide on the theme.
Pa. Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) and Marie Lamey Memorial Fund will be the benefactors of sponsorship levels purchased by individuals and businesses prior to the festival.
"We were looking to do something for the community," Art Catino, a member of the festival committee said. "The Knights will also make a separate donation, but what were doing is contacting businesses in a tri-county area."
Sponsorship levels are $50 to $100; $250; $500, and $1,000. The first level would allow name recognition on staff T-shirts and on the festival's website. The second level would allow four tickets to the festival and company logo on T-shirts and website. The third level would allow eight tickets to festival, logo recognition on T-shirts and website, and small logo displayed on banners. The fourth level would allow 16 tickets to festival, logo recognition on T-shirts, website and event posters (if received by June 30) and large logo displayed on banners. Deadline is Aug. 31.
Author in attendance
Amanda M. Harding, author of "The Woman of the House: A Memoir," will be in attendance to sign books.
Harding, 25, and originally from the Harrisburg-area, lost her mother to breast cancer 15 years ago. The book details her emotional journey as she raised her 7-year-old brother and helped her 43-year-old father after her mother died.
At least 100 books have been purchased at face value by a sponsor and will be sold for a donation of $10. Proceeds from any sales will go to the organizations, Catino said.
John Motyka, a committee member, said about 15 wine companies, food and non-food vendors have signed up for the festival, including the PBCC, which will have doctors and staff on-hand to supply cancer information to attendees.
PBCC is a state-wide origination that helps women affected by breast cancer and supports families who have lost a loved-one to the disease. According to the origination's website, they accomplish this through educational programs, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants.
The endowment fund is named after the late Marie Lamey, who dedicated her career to women's health, mainly as she worked the last 20 of her 30 years at Geisinger Medical Center in the Breast Clinic, the first nurse at Geisinger solely dedicated to breast care, according to the fund's site.
The fund provides medical and non-medical financial assistance for patients and supports nursing education.
"Cancer has touched everybody," said Motyka. "We have a lot of women who attend the event. And because it was breast cancer awareness month, it all seem to fit."