American Fine Wine Competition Gala
April 19, 2012
For the second time, the DRI Foundation was chosen as a beneficiary of the American Fine Wine Competition, the brainchild of Shari Gherman and Sara and Monty Preiser. This year, the trio ‘kicked it up a notch’ with the participation of Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse, who prepared the evening’s main course on stage. A lottery was held to determine which lucky eight attendees would get up close and personal with Emeril during his demonstration. The extensive silent auction offered wine baskets from boutique style wineries across the nation, as well as exotic vacation packages and more. Presided over by Alan Kalter of the Late Show with David Letterman, the live auction featured such items as a dream dinner prepared by renowned chefs in the area. World famous Saxophone player Dayve Stewart & the Vibe entertained, and close to $65,000 were raised for the DRI during this unforgettable evening presented by Patriot National Insurance Group.
DRI Foundation Director of Special Events Sheryl Sulkin, DRI Foundation President & CEO Robert A. Pearlman,
DRI Foundation board member Madelyn Rubin, American Fine Wine Competition founders Monty Preiser, Shari
Gherman, and Sara Preiser - all with Emeril Lagasse