Sunset in the Vineyard: Wine for a cause

Tomas Lukas serves some of the wine he created at the Assistance League's Sunset in the Vineyard Fundraiser held Sunday, Nov. 5 in Newhall. Ryan Painter/The Signal.

It was difficult to tell whether the Assistance League Santa Clarita’s 10th annual Sunset in the Vineyard event was held in a Newhall backyard or on a beautiful Mediterranean island.

Nearly 400 local residents attended the event, the Assistance League’s primary annual fundraiser, at the house of Chris and Jeannie Carpenter in Newhall on Sunday.

The Carpenters have converted their backyard into a luxurious vineyard – fit with cobblestones, fields of  grape vines and row of towering cypress trees.  Participants were treated to wine produced locally within the Santa Clarita Valley as well as artisan cheeses, hor d’oeuvres and micro-brew beers. 

Chris Carpenter, owner of the home at which the Sunset in the Vineyard event was held on Sunday, samples some locally produced wine. Ryan Painter/The Signal.

“This is is our annual fundraiser to help the Assistance League support their philanthropic goals,” said Assistance League Santa Clarita President Linda Likins.

The Assistance League, which has spent over four months planning the event, sold tickets to Sunset in the Vineyard for $85.

The proceeds generated from ticket sales will be allocated to two of the league’s projects, Kikins said.

The first, dubbed Operation School Bell, provides clothing for children from all over Los Angeles County who can not afford adequate school attire. The second project also involves kids – the league provides eye exams for children and furnishes glasses for those who cannot independently afford them.

In addition to fundraising, the event also served as a time during which the club could come together and enjoy the Tuscan atmosphere. 

Participants at the 10th annual Assistance League’s Sunset in the Vineyard stroll through the vineyard. Ryan Painter/The Signal.

“We have great membership participation,” said Assistance League Santa Clarita Public Relations Chair Helen Barlow. “We also have 21 vintners. They love to come share and talk about wine.”

As the rich smell of wine and the relaxing grooves of the live-music wafted through the air, attendees enjoyed the evening while preparing for future philanthropic endeavors.

“Assistance League, every dime we take in goes to charity.” Likins said.

“We have no paid salaries, it’s all volunteer work.”  

Participants were treated to locally sourced wine and cheeses at the Assistance League’s Sunset in the Vineyard. Ryan Painter/The Signal.

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