Top-of-the-line Italian wines and imported cheeses were the treats offered to the benefactors who attended the Every Child Counts Wine and Cheese fund raising party at the Green Turtle Club on March 15.
The function coordinated by a parent, Caroline Sawyer, was organized by Chef Michael Howell who is now a consulting Chef who worked at the Green Turtle Club for ten years, starting 1999. Chef Howell explained that the wines were imported directly from Europe and that the wines offered at the party had just arrived that same day.
The wines were displayed two bottles per table, accompanied by the cheeses that complimented them. Such famous wine as Brunello di Montalcino, a delicious red wine from Tuscany, Amarone another red, strong bodied wine from the Veneto region, Soave, a crisp, delicate white wine, also from Veneto and Greco di Tuffo, a more fruity white wine from Campania, were among the large selection of wines to be tasted.
Nearly all the attendees were from Green Turtle Cay, second home owners or regular visitors to the island. As they arrived around 4pm, the guests socialized with each other, enjoying the wines and the food until the showing of a video presentation that gave a history on how the school was founded and showed the students in their environment, participating in classes or therapy sessions. The presentation was narrated by the founder and administrator of the school, Lyn Major, and one of the teachers, Marsden Lawley.
The children at ECC often have smiles on their faces while attending “the school of happiness” as Ms. Major calls it. The spirits of the children usually have a very positive influence on the volunteers or the teachers, a fact verified many times over.
“When responding to their gifts, the whole experience becomes much more meaningful.” stated Ms. Major in the presentation. There was a round of applause at the end of it.
Now and again, people would sneak to the next room where the silent auction lots were displayed. The highest bid would allow someone to leave the event with a hand crocheted afghan, or a large duffle bag made with Androsia fabric or with a wonderful ceramic mask created by one of ECC students, Latonia Moss.
The auction bidding ended after the video presentation and the lucky winners were called to claim their lots. The school’s administrator was very pleased with the funds raised that evening.
All the food and wines were donated by the Green Turtle Cay Club, so all the proceeds went to the school. The wine tasting served two purposes: to help raise funds for ECC School, but also as a promotion for the new wines which will be part of the wine list at the Club and sold on Green Turtle Cay at the Green Turtle Cay Club’s Marina Store.