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People, Incorporated welcomed over 400 supporters and friends who gathered at the Cultural Center in Fall River on Thursday, May 14, 2015 for their 12th Annual Wine Tasting Event. Guests enjoyed fine wines and cordials and had the pleasure of sampling some of the most delicious foods provided by our generous, local restaurants. This event was sponsored by our Diamond Sponsor, BayCoast Bank, and thanks to our generous sponsors and guest, we exceeded projected fundraising expectations! Over the past eleven years, this event has raised more than $400,000 to support our community activities and programs.

Enormous gratitude goes to BayCoast Bank, who again, was the event’s lead Diamond Sponsor. Particular thanks goes out to our Gold Sponsor: Rua-Dumont-Audet Insurance Agency, Inc.; Silver Sponsors: Bishop Electric, Bristol Pacific Homes, Inc., Cardi’s Furniture, CF Landscaping, H.T. Berry Company, Mallard Printing Inc., Mechanics Cooperative Bank, O’Brien’s Plumbing & Heating Co., Inc., RALCO Electric & Generator, and Read Insurance & Financial Services Ltd.; and Bronze Sponsors: ABC Floor Covering, Altus Dental, Atlantic Cleaning, BankFive, Bristol County Savings Bank, Century 21 Associates Realty, GM Refrigeration, Greater Fall River Association of Realtors, Health Care Pharmacy, Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd , Lafrance Hospitality, Law Office of Gary P. Howayeck, P.C., Law Office of Jane E. Sullivan, M.R. Durocher Construction, Narrows Center for the Arts, Nate Lion’s Warehouse, New England Office Supply, Patrick Sullivan, Premier Construction, Inc., Route 44 Hyundai, Southcoast Health, Tech Service Center, Waring-Sullivan Homes of Memorial Tribute and William Starck Architects.

One of the highlights of the evening was the announcements of our five grand raffle prize winners. Our guests participated in five grand raffles which included such prize categories as New England Sports Enthusiast Tickets, Home Sweet Home, New England Golf Package Tour, Fine Dining, and Entertainment.

The lucky winners of the raffles were:
Peter Curtin: $1,300 – New England Sports Enthusiast
David Bedard: $1,500 – Home Sweet Home
Lee Armstrong: $1,500 – New England Golf Package Tour
John Sinclaire: $1,000 – Fine Dining
Jeffrey Gosslelin: $1,200 – Entertainment

Bill Perkins, CEO of People, Incorporated stated, “Since the inception of this event in 2004, it has become known as one of the premier events in the community. Thanks to the generous support of organizations and our guests, we have been able to offer even greater support to the community each and every year. The generous contributions received at this event will help to ensure that we can continue to address the growing need for services in the community.”

Special thanks to this year’s chair, Rene Lachapelle, a member of the People, Incorporated Board of Directors, for his leadership in making the event so successful.
Very special thanks to The People’s Liquor Warehouse for supporting our event, as they have done from the beginning and to our spectacular dining establishments for providing the food. We could not have been as successful without the contributions from Agoro’s Pizza Bar and Grill, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School, Dunny’s Old Time Saloon, Leo’s Ristorante & Full Service Catering, LePage’s Seafood & Grille, Starbucks Coffee Company and The Galley Grille.

People, Incorporated would also like to thank the following who generously donated to the Grand Raffle Packages: Airport Grille, Allendale Country Club, Capriccio, Cardi’s Furniture, Crestwood Country Club, Dr. Green Thumb’s Hydroponic & Garden Supply, LLC, Fall River Country Club, Kozy Nook Restaurant, LeBaron Hills Country Club, Montaup Country Club, M.R. Durocher Construction, Narrows Center for the Arts, New England Revolution, RALCO Electric & Generator, Saber TV, Swansea Country Club, and The Capital Grille.

Until next year.