APRIL 22, 2010

Aly Statler, co-owner of Riverside Pizza and Pub, is pictured with a silent auction basket for the CVHC Wine Tasting on April 30. The soon-to-open restaurant has donated a pizza certificate for the ‘Entertainment at Home’ basket.

CVHC wine tasting to feature silent auction baskets

    Does spending a day on a pontoon boat for six people on Dworshak appeal to you? How about sharing a hosted dinner for four with a Clearwater Valley Hospital doctor? Or does gardening, camping, golfing or entertaining at home catch your fancy? Or maybe you’d like a custom made wine rack to decorate your home?

    All are themes for this year’s nine Silent Auction baskets at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics Auxiliary/Foundation’s 36th Annual Wine Tasting at the Little Flower Room on Friday, April 30, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Brown and C Street.

    The Day on the Lake basket includes a cooler with a picture of country western star, Kenny Chesney, beach towels and plenty of picnic supplies. Ed and Annie Lozar are donating their time to captain the fun filled excursion.

    Dr. Michael Meza has offered to host a dinner for four at Dining on the Edge for the ‘Dining with a Doc’ basket and Bo Bonner of Bonner Custom Concrete is creating a specially designed wine rack which will go to the highest bidder. Green Things Nursery has donated a gift certificate for the Garden Basket and Rick and Janet Burnham are donating a Wine Stone for the Wine Basket which also features two gold trimmed wine glasses. Both Kayler’s Bend Golf Course and Orofino Golf Club have donated rounds of golf at their local courses.

    The Entertainment at Home basket includes a pizza certificate from the soon-to-open Riverside Pizza and Pub on Highway 12. Owners, Eric and Aly Statler, Ryan Smathers and Jim Thornton are transforming the former location of M&M pizza to an informal gathering place where people can stop on their lunch hour or after work.

    “We’re designing the place to be family friendly, but we’ve also got two large screen TVs for people wanting to watch a game and just hang out in a relaxed atmosphere,” said Aly Statler, who also works at CVHC. “We’ll have seating for 48, a comfy fireplace and will serve wine and beer in addition to Italian style dinners, pizza, sandwiches and various soups and appetizers. We’re glad to support Clearwater Valley Hospital because I know how important it is to have accessible medical care close to home.”

    The highest bidders on the Silent Auction baskets will be announced at 8:30 p.m. along with the winner of the Sapphires and Chocolate raffle. Bottled wine will also be sold after 8 p.m. so people can select their wine of choice from the ten featured wines selected especially for the tasting by Bill DuChemin, Odom Distributors. The Foundation will accept credit card payments.

    Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 per person or $35 per couple. The ticket price includes a buffet of fine Italian style hors d’ouevres and desserts provided by Country Catering and five tastes of specially selected beers and wines, including alcohol free choices. Proceeds provide camper scholarships for pediatric patients with diabetes. Proceeds also benefit the CVHC Endowment Fund which will provide for future equipment purchases and capital improvements.

    “We’re excited about the wine tasting because each year it’s a great spring event for the community which also benefits local health care. Janet Burnham always does such an exquisite job of decorating,” said Jim May, CVHC Development Director. “We’re also going to take this opportunity to celebrate the national award to Hal Joseph as the Top Physician Assistant in the country in the underserved category. He provided the inspiration to use some of the funds to provide campers scholarships for kids with diabetes. We hope everyone will join us.”