31st Annual Wine in the Pines a High Flying Good Time!
Thank you to everyone who joined us in beautiful Keystone Colorado for the 31st annual Wine in the Pines benefiting the Kelly Smith Employment Center at Ability Connection Colorado. Mike and Margaret Smith, owners of Dillon Ridge Liquors in Summit County, founded this event to provide opportunities and assistance for people like their daughter Kelly, who has cerebral palsy.
Held on October 18th, guests at the 31st annual Wine in the Pines were treated to a Cirque du Vino themed event featuring gourmet food, over 500 wines, extraordinary desserts and musical entertainment by Ability Connection Colorado’s own, Tina Navarro. Additionally, guests were dazzled throughout the evening by aerialists who performed a number of breathtaking acrobatics high above the Keystone Conference Center’s ballroom floor. Toward the end of the evening, guests watched in awe as all of the performers returned for an amazing and imaginative finale which included a variety of acts. The athletes who performed were members of Imagination Circus Arts, a Boulder company that teaches want-to-be acrobats.
Wine in the Pines has become a Colorado and Summit County tradition, celebrated every October for the past 31 years. It’s longevity and continued success is a testament to the sponsors, attendees, volunteers, chefs, wine distributors, volunteers and contributors who turn out year after year, celebrating fine wines, gourmet foods and a great cause. Most importantly, Wine in the Pines has helped hundreds of people with disabilities find and maintain meaningful employment in their communities.
As event founders Mike and Margaret Smith are fond of saying, “Attending Wine in the Pines is more than a great time celebrated among friends, it’s a great way to “pay it forward” by helping people like our daughter Kelly realize their highest potential.”
On behalf of the Smith family, Ability Connection Colorado, and the many who have so benefited from Wine in the Pines and the generosity of those who attend, we extend our warmest and sincere thank you.