Tubac Wine festival a fun way to support youth programs

“The event of the year,” some people said referring to the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County’s annual International Wine Festival celebrated in Tubac for six years in a row.

The event took place at La Entrada de Tubac Oct. 10, with music provided by the Tucson Jazz Institute, wonderful food prepared by food establishments from around the county and La Roca from Mexico and, of course, many cases of wine.

A clear success, more than 475 people attended with proceeds of about $8,000, organizers said. Fifteen restaurants donated food and time to support the club’s programs.

While the restaurants donate the food, the B&GC of SCC provides the wine. This year’s supply was 54 cases, said club executive director Vicky Barden.

The main objective of this event is to create awareness in the community about the program that currently benefits approximately 1,400 children in Nogales, Arizona, Barden said.

The mission of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, regardless of the location is:

“To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”

At the clubhouse, located at 590 N. Tyler Ave. in Nogales, children find a safe place to learn, play and spend their afternoons after school.

In order to achieve their mission and to continue to provide this wonderful environment, the club relies on the support of the community through activities like the International Wine Festival and a bigger fundraising event celebrated on a weekend early May, “Fiesta de Mayo.”

There are other ways the community can help and that is by volunteering and/or making tax deductible contributions.

“We are always looking for volunteers who are willing to share their time and talents.  We will accommodate volunteers’ schedules,” said Barden.

“The Boys & Girls Club is a qualified agency for the 2014 Tax Credit for the Working Poor.  Donors will receive a $200 tax credit on their Arizona Tax Return for an individual or $400 for a married couple,” said Barden.

More information can be obtained at (520) 287-3733.

More photos on the Tubac Villager’s facebook page: Facebook.com/tubacvillager