First Press Fine Wine and Dinner Auction

Friends of Public Radio hosts annual black-tie to support K-BACH and SPOT 127

Friends of Public Radio Arizona hosted its premier black-tie affair April 7 at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. The First Press Wine Dinner and Auction began with tastings from more than 25 wineries as guests arrived while the Sweetwater Trio provided chamber music.

Guests enjoyed a five-course wine-paired dinner followed with each table enjoying wines from a particular winery. Valley auctioneer Bobby D and his team from Call to Auction led bidding, assisted by KJZZ on-air host Heather van Blokland, NPR Morning Edition newscaster Korva Coleman and Dr. Jim Paluzzi, vice president of the Rio Salado College public service division. B-Platinum provided after-dinner dance music. New to the event this year was the opportunity to purchase a Golden Ticket, enabling one bidder to win seven days in Cortona, Italy.

Money raised at the event supports public radio classical music station K-BACH and KJZZ’s teen media center SPOT 127. A highlight of the evening was paddle-bidding during which $30,000 was raised to purchase a SPOT 127 van for student trips that supplement their learning.


Amy and Doug Bloebaum, Jon and Lisa Manning, Adam and Dana Watts, and Jessica Jones

Pre-dinner wine tastings

Dr. Jim Paluzzi and Korva Coleman

Michael Moskowits

Randy and Carrie Young with Tony Moya

Sweetwater Strings

More in Society

Recent Stories

Cirque Swan Lake 

Cirque Swan Lake 

Troupe Vertigo returns to The Phoenix Symphony to premiere creation marrying circus and orchestra

28th Annual Poinsettia Tea

28th Annual Poinsettia Tea

Duet: Partners in Health & Aging raises $140K

Annual Fashion Show Luncheon

Annual Fashion Show Luncheon

Board of Visitors hosts 65th annual fundraiser

Sit. Stay. Brunch.

Sit. Stay. Brunch.

Lost Our Home Pet Rescue hosts 8th annual Champagne Brunch & Auction

Back to Top