Wine-tasting benefit raises money for Southwest neighborhoods

Hundreds of wine lovers showed up at the 24th annual Hennepin-Lake Community Wine-Tasting Benefit June 14 in the parking lot behind Campiello in Uptown.

Event Director Pat Fleetham estimates the event brought in roughly $220,000 for area neighborhood organizations. CARAG, ECCO, Lyndale, Whittier, Lowry Hill East, East Isles, Cedar Isles Dean and Kenwood were all involved in the event, sponsored by Hennepin-Lake Liquors, Campiello and Maserati of Minneapolis.

Proceeds from tickets purchased at the Liquor store or at the event were divided among five core neighborhoods: CARAG, ECCO, Lowry Hill East, East Isles and Kenwood, Fleetham said. Each neighborhood group got to keep 100 percent of the proceeds from tickets they sold as individual organizations.

Hennepin-Lake Liquors owner Phil Colich said about 600 different kinds of wine were opened at the event.