Wine & More supports Brandywine Community Library

Patriot photos by Jake Austin From left to right, Pam Varges, Susan Ziegenfus, Robert Varges, and Carlos Varges enjoy wine and food at Brandywine Community Library's 4th Annual Wine and More fundraiser Feb. 22.

Those with a taste for wine and food were drawn to The Lutheran Home at Topton Saturday evening for the 4th Annual Wine and More fundraiser to benefit Brandywine Community Library.

Attendees were treated to a variety of Kutztown wines and foods and enjoyed live entertainment from singer and pianist, Jim Meck, of Topton. This year, the fundraiser saw its biggest turnout to date.

“There were more pre-sales than ever this year,” said event coordinator, Cathy Reighn.“That shows that more people in the community are willing to help support the library.”

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“It is all about finding what the people are interested in and what can bring the community together,” said Michelle Herman, president of the library board of trustees. “People like to eat, drink, and listen to music. This also allows for good local advertising.”

Contributing local food businesses included Snuzzles, Market Café, and the Bowers Hotel. Wine for the event was provided by Blair Vineyards and Pinnacle Ridge Winery of Kutztown.

“We’ve been blessed to do this since the library’s inception,” said Missy Blair of Blair Vineyards. “It is nice to see everyone come together to support this great asset. We love doing this event.”

Each year, the event’s proceeds are used to improve various aspects of the Brandywine Community Library in Topton. This is mainly put towards bettering the library’s overall circulation and technological efficiency.

“The more money we have, the more best-sellers we can get,” said Herman. “We are also working to improve the [library’s] computers.”

“A lot of it also goes to programming,” said Reighn. “There are events that are held there for children, adults, and residents of the Lutheran Home.”

Continued success seems to ensure that the benefit will take place for years to come.

“[The fundraiser] has grown every year,” said Herman. “People are starting to look forward to it. We have a great community here.”