Manhattan Beach, CA (PRWEB) July 15, 2014
Manhattan Country Club played host to a sell-out crowd of more than 1,600 guests at the Manhattan Wine Auction on Saturday, June 14. The largest wine auction in Southern California, the event raised more than $1 million for the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports curriculum and enrichment programs for the seven public schools of Manhattan Beach.
To accommodate the festive fundraising gala, Manhattan Country Club transformed its tennis courts into lighted and tented spaces featuring live music, dancing, and sampling from 75 distinguished wineries, distilleries and breweries, plus 40 top South Bay restaurants. Highlights of the live and silent auctions included fine collectible wines, exotic trips, luxury box seats to the Clippers and Lakers, and a ride on the Goodyear Blimp.
Manhattan Country Club has sponsored and hosted the annual event since its inception 20 years ago. The Endowment Challenge was initiated by a $50,000 commitment from Keith Brackpool, owner of the Manhattan Country Club, and raised more than $315,000 with the support of 60 community members in the audience.
About Manhattan Beach Country Club
Manhattan Country Club is a private club known for its superior recreation and fitness amenities, which include 18 tennis courts, a swimming pool, a 6,300 sq. ft. fitness center, spa facilities, and both casual and formal dining. The newly redesigned, modern clubhouse also hosts weddings, meetings, and social events. Membership is not required to host an event at Manhattan Country Club. To learn more, visit http://www.manhattancc.com.
About the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation
The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) bridges the gap between state funding and the actual cost to provide a well-rounded, quality education for local students. Funds raised by MBEF help to pay for more than 70 educators, including classroom teachers, guidance counselors, college and career counselors, librarians, science and reading enrichment teachers, and music teachers. MBEF also helps to underwrite 21st century curriculum development and a district-wide reading and writing initiative. For more information about MBEF, visit http://mbef.org.