Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wine Time!

We are into crunch time here at Camp Good Days, as we are not only in the process of preparing the Recreational Facility for all of the summer camping programs and obtaining all of the permits in order to operate our programs, but we also have some special fundraising events coming up.

Over the past 14 years, the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition and Wine Auction Dinner has become the largest fundraising event in the Greater Rochester area to benefit the children and families we serve. The 14th Annual Wine Auction Dinner will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel, 70 State Street, Downtown Rochester. This exciting evening will begin with a Wine Tasting, Silent Auction & Live Auction Preview at 5:30 PM, and the Auction Dinner at 7:00 PM. Once again this year, Matthew Chung will serve as the Lead Auctioneer and Rich Funke will be our Master of Ceremonies.

The 14th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, which was held March 29 & 30, 2014, was a resounding success. More than 3750 wines were entered into the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. These entries came from 940 wineries, including 120 New York State wineries, from 21 different countries around the world, all 50 states and six Canadian Provinces.

THANK YOU to all the amazingly dedicated volunteers. To everyone who helped out this weekend, I cannot thank you enough. We cannot do what we do without our volunteers, and especially this weekend. Whether you washed glasses, uncorked wine, poured it, tasted it or made the bourbon s’mores, you contributed to another fantastic year at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition.

Also, special thanks to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who stopped by Sunday afternoon to see what the wine competition was all about, meet some volunteers, and welcome our judges to New York State.

All of the wines were evaluated by a world-renowned panel of judges representing distributors, educators, enologists, sommeliers, restaurateurs, winemakers and writers from all over the United States and around the world. The judges awarded Double Gold (unanimous), Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and the medal winning wines will be featured at the Wine Auction Dinner, along with a delicious meal, great friends and conversation, and fabulous silent and live auction items.

Tickets to attend the Wine Auction Dinner are $150.00 per person and can be purchased by calling Camp Good Days at 585-624-5555 or online via or

If you love wine, this is the event you want to attend. Tickets would also make a fantastic gift for that special someone. In addition to having a wonderful time and tasting some of the best wine in the world, you will leave that evening knowing that you have helped to create some good days and special times for some very special children and families.

In addition to the Wine Auction Dinner, we will host the 31st Annual Tournament of Love Golf Tournament on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Monroe Golf Club, one of the premier clubs in the Rochester area. Monroe Golf Pro Jim Mrva is this year’s Honorary Chair, and it will truly be a special day. We’ve shifted the Tournament of Love to benefit our Women’s Oncology Program, and this year, golfers can play with a PGA club pro!

There are a few remaining Sponsorship, Advertising, and Participation options available for the 31st Annual Tournament of Love and more information is available by contacting Nicole Jones at Camp Good Days, 585-624-5555, or online at