Updated: 03/28/2014 5:33 PM
Created: 03/28/2014 4:00 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Leclair
There's a prestigious wine competition going on this weekend in Rochester. The two-day event turns into a major fundraiser for Camp Good Days and Special Times.
On Friday, volunteers unloaded a truck with 600 cases of wine from 875 entries, sending more than 3,700 wines to be judged in the Finger Lakes International Competition. There are 44 states, 20 countries and eight Canadian provinces are represented.
Also volunteering, more than 60 judges from around the world who will sniff, sip and taste the wines to determine which ones deserve a medal. A judge from Australia flew from San Francisco to be part of the event for a sixth time.
Kate Hardy, competition judge, said, “The organizers have done such a great job of promoting it and it's for such a wonderful cause. It’s so nice to be helping the camp out. To actually spend some time here and meet judges from all over the world, that’s not always what you see in other competitions.”
The wineries intentionally send more bottles than are needed for the competition. The leftover wine becomes the centerpiece of the second event happening five weeks from now. On May 3, hundreds of people will dress up in fancy clothes and come to the Rochester Plaza for a wine auction dinner, which typically brings in $200,000 a year for Camp Good Days and Special Times every year.
Karl Rudolfs, Camp Good Days & Special Times,said, “Gary Camp Good Days and Special Times has never once charged any camper to go to camp. All of our programs are free. In order to do that, we need big fundraisers like this and this is our biggest fundraiser.”
So all the elbow work this weekend should pay off when we raise a glass in May to the kids and families touched by cancer in our community.