Wine Auction Enjoys Successful Turnout

It has been my privilege to chair the OCWS Wine Auction for the third year in a row.  Many hours of preparation went into our second largest fundraiser of the year and I would like to recognize a host of people who made the event a great success.


I can’t thank my 2023 Wine Auction Committee enough for the amazing job they did this year:

  • Chris Bruce – Data Entry
  • Hank Bruce – Wine Distribution
  • Damian Christian – Event Food & Wine
  • Kevin Coy – Wine Pulling & Wine Moving
  • Sue England – Volunteers and Workers
  • Ellen Flynn – Check-in
  • Fran Gitsham – Verbal Auction
  • Scott Green — Computers
  • Rochelle Randel – Check-in
  • Janet Riordan – Check-out
  • Tricia Shelton – Check-out

A special thank you to Bill Redding and his dedicated team who catalogued and prepared the wines prior to the event.


Hats off to our top 10 spenders for their generous bids that made this event successful.

  • Kathy & William Schymick
  • James & Pamela Clauss
  • Gloria Franklin
  • Will Holsinger & Lynelle Hustrulid
  • Mike & Cathy MacKenzie
  • Dorothy Pemberton
  • Bob & Judy Koeblitz
  • Lou & Shelley Cohen
  • George Euan
  • Ed Reyes & Debbie Renne


We could not do the Wine Auction without an army of volunteers. My sincerest thanks to each and every person who donated their time.This year we held a prize drawing for the volunteers. Congratulations to the following winners:

  • Greg Basile – Pair of tickets to ZD Tasting Program
  • Maleia Leiter – Pair of tickets to Jimmy Buffet Party
  • Lorraine Hammonds – Pair of tickets to any 2023 OC Fair Wine Seminar
  • Mike MacKenzie – $50 voucher to be used for future OCWS Event
  • Dorothy Pemberton – Wine gift basket
  • Tina Chan Fornadley – 1-hour massage
  • Monica McCarthy – 1-hour massage

Again, many thanks to everyone who made the 2023 Wine Auction a huge success.  Look for details about a new online auction to be held later this year featuring artwork, wine and wine experiences.

Carolyn Christian, OCWS Vice President