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Rosé Day exceeds expectations

If you were wandering through the Central West End last Saturday afternoon you surely noticed groups of very happy people enjoying the inaugural Rosé Day, a benefit designed to highlight non-profits working to support and empower women in the St. Louis area. Approximately 700 guests visited 10 wine tasting stations located at area businesses which were paired with one of the organizations (see informational map here).

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1st photo: Around 4 p.m. I ran into c0-organizer Rick Ruderer, above right, shown with husband Edwin Massie, who reported that they had already replenished the supply of rosé at each station, as the number of tickets sold exceeded expectations.

2nd photo: Co-organizer Michael Powers, right, and philanthropist Kristen Thuy Liu holding Rosé Day passports, which were stamped at each location.

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From top: Attendees started the tour on Maryland Plaza where they picked up their Rosé Day passports, gift bags, and commemorative wine glasses. Second photo: from left, Cillah Hall, publisher of media sponsor Gazelle Magazine, and friends enjoying the afternoon. Bottom left: A guest photographed at Bar Italia with one of Bob Kramer’s marionettes, Bottom right: A group hug between stops.

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Top photo: Representatives from Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls were passing out information on Bar Italia’s patio. Middle: The crowd at Bar Italia. Bottom: Magdalene St. Louis, an organization that provides housing and business training for survivors of sexual exploitation and addiction, was located at Steel Wheels.

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Top left: Handcrafted by Bissinger’s hosted St. Louis Crisis Nursery. Top right: The Center for Women in Transition was paired with Llewellyn’s. Bottom left: Representatives from St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness were stationed in front of The Vino Gallery. Below right: A view of the crowd inside Vino Gallery.

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Top photos: Rosé Day at Coffee Cartel which was paired with Safe Connections, and right, a group selfie in front of projects + gallery. Bottom left: Senior Director of projects + gallery, Bridget Melloy, where Planned Parenthood had an informational table, lower right.

The afternoon seemed to be a win for everyone involved, from the organizers to the non-profit organizations to the many people who visited the neighborhood, some for the first time. Judging from the apparent success of the event, I would suspect there is a second Rosé Day in the future. I certainly hope so.

Snapshots from The Vino Gallery’s Rosé Day

 

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It was all about the color pink Saturday afternoon at The Vino Gallery’s 7th Annual Rosé Day, including the attire worn by proprietor Alex Head, above, his staff, some of the patrons, and members of Tom Solo and Friends band.

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The event started at 5 p.m. and quickly filled up with Vino’s fans eager to sample a large selection of the shop’s favorite rosés. Alex Head estimates that at least 150 people stopped by throughout the evening.

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The newest Vino Gallery employee, Aerin Soroka, is photographed above.

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The Vino Gallery’s Simon McCarthy, above, clearly relishing the festive vibe.Nicki's Central West End Guide Events, Sightings Food and Drink    The outside patio filled up quickly as did new seating areas, above, which were recently added to the gallery side of the shop.

The scene on the patio as the band, Tom Solo and Friends, sets up to entertain for the evening. Note the hot pink trombone.

The Vino Gallery, 4701 McPherson Ave., is one of many neighborhood businesses participating in this Saturday’s Rosé Day benefit in the Central West End.

Rosé Day in the CWE is fast approaching

 

Thanks to the organizers of May 19th’s Rosé Day for the video and press release for today’s post on what promises to be a fabulous event. Save the date!

Rosé has become a symbol of all that is good about Summertime, and 10 organizations are kicking off summer in St. Louis a little early this year with a festival dedicated to this amazing pink drink, and to the empowerment of women. The third Saturday of May is, from this day forward, to be known as Rosé Day. Hosted by a committee of community-minded women, and a few men, this one-day event, held this year on May 19th,  is more than just an excuse to sip wine in the Central West End. It’s designed to highlight non-profits working to support and empower women right here in our community each and every day!

Event passport and walkable wine glass in hand, attendees will wind their way through the neighborhood to 10 designated Rosé wine tasting stations — on rooftops and side patios, inside art galleries and eateries, with Instagram-worthy attractions, live music and fun activities and many other surprises planned between stops. The fun starts at noon and ends at six.

As ticket holders raise their glasses, organizers hope to raise awareness around the work organizations are doing to face head on the host of challenges facing women today.

“In St. Louis, women are struggling to find affordable housing, quality education for their children and access to quality healthcare,” said committee member and Central West End neighbor Carol Kyser. “There are organizations right here in St. Louis that are filling the gaps we all know exist, that are helping women find pathways out of a violent relationship or towards a new job opportunity. This is exactly what we’ll be recognizing on Rosé Day.”

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Rosé Day is a collaborative effort coordinated by the Fifty Roses Foundation, a non-profit organization established to raise funds and awareness for the work other St. Louis non-profits. The event is co-hosted by Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis Women’s Build, Safe Connections, Lydia’s House, Planned Parenthood of Southeast Missouri, Sista Strut, Center for Women in Transition, Crisis Nursery, Hawthorne Leadership School for Girls, Magdalene St. Louis and St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness. House.

For the very long list of participating Central West End businesses, click here.

Tickets for the event are $35 and include 10 Rosé samples, a walkable wine glass, a discount book to Central West End businesses, live music and a day of fun in the historic Central West End.

Rosé Day begins at Noon at the corner of Euclid and Maryland Avenues. More information, including an event map, will be available at www.RoseDaySTL.com and at Facebook.com/rosedaystl.

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