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Wine tasting benefits American Heart Association

Jun. 06, 2014 @ 06:55 AM

BARBOURSVILLE — About 100 people sampled wine and hors d’oeuvres during a wine tasting Thursday evening to benefit the American Heart Association.
St. Mary’s Regional Heart Institute and Kitchens By Woody’s sponsored the event at the business on Davis Creek Road.
Owner Brad Merritt said his family started the event last year as a way to give back to the community.
“This is a family owned business, and part of my family has heart problems and we’ve also dealt with cancer, and we thought we would try to do something good for an association that would benefit everything,” he said. “When it hits in your family, you think ‘what can I do to help?’ We wanted to start giving back to the community and we really enjoyed it last year, it was a great hit so we did it again this year.”
Last year, the wine tasting raised $2,100 for the association. Merritt said 75 tickets were sold in advance at $50 a piece so the event was on track to raise well over last year’s amount.
Kim Ward, of the American Heart Association, said 75 percent of every dollar raised funds education and research.
“Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women,” she said. “It goes to fund critical, life-saving research and education and community awareness.”
The event featured five stations with wine paired with hors d’oeuvres provided by Christopher’s Eats. Judge Dan O’Hanlon served as sommelier and Chef Chris Dixon prepared appetizers.
Follow reporter Kristi Murphy on Twitter, @Kristi_Murphy.

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