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An Evening of Wine, Music and Celebration Sept. 16 to Benefit the Bay Area’s Neediest Children

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Catholic Charities CYO presents Hope Uncorked, a special evening of wine, music and celebration, benefiting Bay Area kids in need, at the California Academy of Sciences at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2013.  The annual event will be offered in tandem with the Catholic Charities USA 2013 Annual Gathering Gala as the conference arrives in San Francisco this fall.

The California Academy of Sciences brings the whole universe under one roof – an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and more. Attendees will have exclusive access to this world-renowned museum while they indulge in culinary wonders with a “Taste of San Francisco” experience and taste wines from more than 20 of California’s premier wineries.

“We’re excited about this extraordinary opportunity to share our annual event with a nationwide audience as we combine it with the Gala on the closing night of the conference,” said Jeff Bialik, Executive Director of Catholic Charities CYO. “As we open our tradition to an expanded audience, we look forward to raising crucial funds to provide clinical and therapeutic support for young boys and girls who are struggling to grow up in difficult circumstances.”

Hope Uncorked will feature live music from David Martin’s House Party band, as well as a silent auction featuring items ranging from affordable cases to rare wines from around the world. A high-energy dance band, David Martin’s House Party has been performing for audiences throughout the United Sates for 20 years. The ensemble has gained a remarkable reputation for their enthusiastic performances and incredible musical variety.

Catholic Charities CYO’s 17th annual fall philanthropic event, formerly known as Vincenzo Wine Tasting and Auction, Hope Uncorked will directly benefit youth suffering from abuse, neglect and emotional disorders who find safe haven at the St. Vincent’s School for Boys in Marin and the San Francisco Boys and Girls Homes.  The event will also benefit the Treasure Island Child Development Center, the Canal Family Support Program in Marin and Maureen and Craig Sullivan Youth Services in San Francisco, which provide childcare, after-school and summer enrichment programs for low-income families. 

The California Academy of Sciences is located at 55 Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Individual tickets for Hope Uncorked are $100 (or $75 for supporters 35 and under). For complete ticket and sponsorship information, visit the Sponsorship Opportunities page here or contact Michelle Montoya at 415.972.1246 or

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