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.

PHOTOS COURTESY FRIENDS OF PUBLIC RADIO ARIZONA

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

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