Amid COVID-19 concerns, the Auction of Washington Wines (AWW) moved to an online format for its 33rd series of charitable wine events — and raised over $1.74 million in the process.
Online auctions and a live-streamed gala were held between Aug. 11 and Aug. 15. Proceeds will go to the Washington State University Viticulture & Enology Program and Seattle Children’s. Contributions will benefit AWW as well.
“Despite the challenges, change in format and experience, we are heartened that our supporters came to the ‘virtual’ table and donated so generously this year,” said AWW executive director Jamie Peha in a press release. “It is rewarding to see longtime auction patrons, as well as newcomers, enjoy the auction in a new and digital way. The Washington wine industry quickly rose to the occasion and provided more than 130 auction lots including vintage wines and experiences in support. We are thankful to our sponsors, board of directors, auction team, and all our partners for their flexibility and generous contributions. Everyone was invested in making this year the best it could possibly be. ”
According to the release, the top auction lots of the virtual gala were the “PPP — Post-pandemic pool party hosted by Macklemore,” a London vacation topped up with the premiere of the latest James Bond movie, and a trip to Napa. Together, these items raised some $117,500.