Wine tasting to fund kids outdoor activities

By Ron Johnson | Feb 20, 2013

I have fond memories of hiking and canoeing with my family when I was a kid. I’ll bet that many of you also had the chance to get outdoors when you were young.

But many children today do not have that opportunity.

Whether they live in urban or suburban areas, many children do not have the chance to get out and appreciate nature or learn the self-reliance that comes from getting out and being active in the mountains, lakes and rivers that we are so fortunately to have so close to us in the Puget Sound region. Most cannot because of their family situation.

Outdoor Youth Connections (OYC) is a non-profit foundation that provides financial grants to groups and individuals that participate in and create outdoor activities that offer disadvantaged youth an opportunity to learn about nature, develop outdoor skills, build self-esteem and inspire leadership.

These activities include hiking, camping, kayaking, snowshoeing and rock climbing. Many youth served have never been outside an urban environment.

OYC is hosting its second wine tasting fundraiser at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, at Rosehill Community Center.

This is a chance to sample outstanding wines from local, boutique wineries, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, bid on items during the silent and live auctions, and generally enjoy a pleasant afternoon with fellow wine lovers while supporting a worthy cause.

After tasting, you will be able to go back and buy your favorites by the glass or bottle (or case). Pair your wine with chocolates from the Mukilteo Chocolate Co. (Always a good way to win points with your sweetie.)

Tickets are $35 each or $60 for two. Wine geeks check the website for your special opportunity to join Quilceda Creek associate winemaker Lawrence Stewart at the VIP table.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to If you’d like to donate a tax-deductible item to the auction, contact Ron Johnson at

Ron Johnson is an Outdoor Youth Connections board director. He is also active with the Mukilteo Kiwanis Club, the Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Mukilteo School Board.

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