Paying It Forward During the Pandemic

About 35 people attended our AFLCR-Shelburne Vineyard wine-tasting fund-raiser for the Association for Africans Living in Vermont and the Janet S. Munt Family Room on Tuesday Aug. 25. Directors from all four organizations spoke to those gathered outside about their respective missions and the importance of continuing their work and fostering a sense of place and community.

All while respecting social distance, attendees were able to walk in the vineyard and taste the grapes used to make wine in Shelburne. And thanks to the generosity of Joerg’s Vermont Wine Merchants, people were also able to taste and appreciate a different red and white wine from France. Both Joerg and vineyard owner Ken Albert explained the origins and subtleties of their respective varieties. And no surprise, all four wines were superb! A true delight to converse with people directly and share our common concern for outreach in such an idyllic setting.

Many thanks to Shelburne Vineyard for graciously hosting the event and to AFLCR emcees Suzanne Stimik and Joerg Klauck for organizing the event and motivating contributors, many of whom could not attend, to donate nearly $2,000 to these two worthy causes!