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Holy Family holds first wine-tasting fundraiser

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 April 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – About 100 people are sipping wine and having a good time this evening at Holy Family Parish’s first-ever wine-tasting fundraiser.

Eagle Crest Vineyards form Conesus is providing the wine. Deborah Lill, an employee with the Finger Lakes winery, serves up a glass of wine inside the Lyceum, the former St. Joseph’s School on Main Street.

The wine-tasting is a fundraiser for the parish through the Parish Life Committee, which is headed by Jim Adduci. He is pictured waiting to address the crowd. Adduci is also the Parish Council president.

Eagle Crest supplies the church with wine for communion through its O-Neh-Da Vineyard. It supplies many of the Catholic churches in the state with wine. The wine company did its first parish wine-tasting in 2011 after a church was flooded in Binghamton.

That event proved a successful fundraiser for that parish. Eagle Crest has offered to do similar events for other Catholic churches and now does about 25 wine-tastings for churches in the state. The winery will be in Albany on Sunday for a wine-tasting.

“It’s a great way to bring the community together,” said Lisa Woodhams, one of the leaders of the winery.