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Wine walk promotes fun and fundraising

Pui Lok Choi
Staff Writer

On a beautiful Southern California evening, wine fans and couples enjoyed the first Glendora Wine Walk Feb. 12 on North Glendora Avenue in downtown.

With 28 stations serving wines ranging from chardonnay to zinfandel, patrons were sure to have a good time.

Los Angeles resident Madison Jennings was brought to the event by a friend.

“I really didn’t know what to expect but I enjoyed the wine, especially the Clifford Bay sauvignon blanc from Blue Chair Children’s Books,” she said.

Attendees also enjoyed live music and hors d’oeuvres.

The event offered great wine, live music, artwork and a chance to support the community.

Downtown shops like Desire Jewelry, Studio 129 salon, Da Avere fashion boutique, Blue Chair Bookstore, Coldwell Banker, and even candy shop, Martha’s Candies offered wine tasting.

Pamela Ganas, owner of Martha’s Candies, a vintage candy shop was thrilled about the event.

“The foot traffic brought in more business than usual and it was nice seeing the community show up and come around.”

Proceeds from the event went to the Glendora Village Business District and the Bryan Clay Foundation.

Bryan Clay, an Azusa Pacific University graduate and 2008 Olympic gold medalist, started a foundation to serve athletes, families, students, and youth in helping them develop character and inspiring them to live life to the fullest.

It is also designed to advocate programs for personal development and financial literacy, community empowerment, fitness, and more.

The Wine Walk brought together community members, including Glendora residents Laura and Warren Tapia.

“We just came out to support local businesses and have a good time,” Laura Tapia said.

Downtown Glendora businesses, which are primarily family-run, stayed open throughout the event.

Owners and employees poured wine and shared a few words with people passing by.

Tickets for the event were either purchased online or at the village shops. The $35 ticket entitled guests to 15 tastings and a commemorative wine glass.

Attendees also enjoyed live music and hors d’oeuvres.

The city was prepared in case people were having too much fun: Jan’s Towing offered complimentary towing for those living within a 10-mile radius.

Glendora’s first wine walk offered great wine, live music, artwork, a chance to support the community, and a great time.

Pui Lok Choi can be reached at pui.choi@laverne.edu.

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