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Record-breaking Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction

Record-breaking Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction

Just shy of its 30th year, the annual Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction has hit a new record after raising more than $300,000 for Cranford Hospice over the weekend.

The live auction, in its 29th year, was kicked off by event ambassador Mike McRoberts on Saturday afternoon at the Toitoi Hawke’s Bay Arts and Events Centre in Hastings. Janice Byford-Jones, Cranford Hospice CEO shared just how much this generosity helps our community –

“This donation today will go towards the care we provide in our inpatient unit in Hastings. Although the majority of people we care for are supported in their own homes, 19% of people are admitted to our inpatient unit for complex symptom management, respite, or care in last days of life.  The Hawke’s Bay Wine Auction raised an incredible $302,775 that will pay for 152 nights of care in our inpatient unit that cares for people right here in Hawke’s Bay”

More than 650 people turned out on the day, and event general manager Elisha Milmine said she was thrilled with the results.

“The kindness and generosity of both bidders and vintners came together to create a spectacular celebration,” she said.

“Through the support of our winemakers, artist, bidders, corporate partners and volunteers, we are able to create so much more than a world-class wine event, we create a cycle of giving that has a lasting impact on our community through Cranford Hospice.”

The 41-lot auction, which included special release wines, a painting by local artist Anna Jepson, an intimate dinner and a luxury getaway package to Vanuatu, was led by Harcourts auctioneer and general manager of Harcourts Gold Chris Kennedy. In addition to Saturday’s live auction, funds were also raised by Tony Bish who held a special tasting.