NEWINGTON - Itâ€™s their first attempt at it but theyâ€™re sure it will be a good time.
The Newington Hunger Action Team is hosting their first annual wine and beer tasting fundraiser today (Friday) at Holy Spirit Church Hall from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
â€śWeâ€™re really looking forward to it,â€ť said Barbara Womer, Newington HAT coordinator.
HAT is a coalition of local civic organizations, churches and human services working under the umbrella of Foodshare to thwart the pitfalls of hunger in towns and cities throughout Connecticut.
â€śItâ€™s a Friday night during the fall,â€ť added Womer of the event.
The event will be set up with a variety of wine and beer booths and vendors set up through the CT Beverage Mart, filling the hall. Music will be playing in the background; cheese and crackers, and dessert and coffee, will also be available.
â€śWeâ€™re confident it will be a good time,â€ť said Womer.
Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and can be purchased up until 4 p.m. today by calling 860-665-0574 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $18.
Attendees wonâ€™t be able to walk away with product from vendors they like that evening, Womer said, but participants will be able to fill out an order form and receive their product by either picking it up at or having it shipped from CT Beverage Mart.
There will also be two Dunkin Donuts gift baskets as door prizes, explained Womer, which attendees can enter by submitting a ticket at the door.
Proceeds will go toward next yearâ€™s â€śGot Lunch! Newington,â€ť program and a weekend backpack program for students through the help of the General Federation of Womenâ€™s Club, Womer said.
While the weekend backpack program will provide groceries for students to have meals over the weekends, outside of school, the â€śGot Lunch! Newingtonâ€ť program aims to provide Newington families of students who receive free or reduced-price lunch at school with bags of groceries for food over the summer. Such students comprise nearly 23 percent of the school district.
â€śWe really need the funding so some of the programs can start,â€ť said Womer.
The Holy Spirit Church is located at 183 Church St. Only adults age 21 and older are allowed.
Those looking to get involved with Newington HAT can contact Bea Maslowski, community network builder with Foodshare, at email@example.com.
Charles Paullin can be reached at 860-801-5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.