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Dates for 2004 ‘BOCA BACCHANAL’ WINEFEST WEEKEND ANNOUNCED

Children’s Place at Home Safe South and Community Projects of the Boca Raton Historical Society to Benefit

BOCA RATON, FL - August 25, 2003- The Boca Raton Historical Society announces the dates for Boca Bacchanal, a winefest and auction to benefit children's causes in Boca Raton and community programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society (BRHS). The event will take place from March 19-21, 2004 at various sites in Boca Raton.

“Our inaugural Boca Bacchanal, held in the spring of 2003, was extremely well received and attracted a national spotlight to Palm Beach County, “said Mary Csar, BRHS Executive Director. “Our first year goal was to focus our energies in creating an exciting event for the entire community which would benefit children in our area. This is an annual fundraiser, and it is our hope that each year will be more successful than the year before.”

(L-R) Boca Raton Historical Society Co-presidents Beth King and Cathy Arts announced the dates for Boca Bacchanal Winefest and Auction.
Conceived as a food and wine celebration with wide community appeal, the three-day affair will feature fine wine gatherings; an outdoor wine tasting and by-the-bite luncheon “revelry on the green” at the Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park; an evening of superb vintner dinners, each prepared by a celebrated chef with wines provided by a internationally acclaimed vintner and set in historic residences and grand estates in Boca Raton and a sumptuous Sunday brunch.

The centerpiece of Boca Bacchanal is a Saturday evening grand tasting reception, multi-course dinner and auction at the renowned Boca Raton Resort & Club. Patrons of the wine.

Auction will have the opportunity to bid for a host of rare wines and extraordinary lifestyle lots, while being feted by some of the country's most accomplished chefs and vintners.

Boca Bacchanal will benefit children's causes in Boca Raton and the community programs of the Boca Raton Historical Society. For 2004, the Boca Bacchanal committee has also named The Children’s Place South in Boca Raton, part of The Children’s Place at Home Safe, a Palm Beach Country United Way organization as beneficiary. The organization provides 24 hour residential and community based services to children and families impacted by child abuse and neglect, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS.

The 2003 event follows a very successful inaugural Boca Bacchanal in 2003, which attracted more than 1,600 people over the weekend of activities. Committees are currently being formed and volunteers are welcome. Sponsors include National Distributing Company, the Boca Raton Resort & Club and Boca Raton Magazine.

The Boca Raton Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the past to enrich the future. Recognizing that children are our richest future treasure, Boca Bacchanal has been created to benefit children's causes in the greater Boca Raton area and to engage the entire community in a delightful cultural event.

Wine and food pre-events are scheduled to add excitement and to be a delicious preview of Boca Bacchanal. Participating in the festivities will be (L-R) Chef Alissa Gismondi of Arturo’s Ristorante in Boca Raton;
Co-Proprietor Rosaria Gismondi; George Petrocelli of the Boca Raton Resort & Club; Mary Csar, BRHS Executive Director, and Proprietor Vincenzo Gismondi .

The festivities will be launched this fall with food and wine- oriented pre-events and parties planned for September 18, 2003 the Boca Raton Resort & Club; for October 23, 2003; at 32 East restaurant, located at 32 East Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach; and on February 5, 2004 at Arturo’s restaurant, located at 6750 North Federal Highway in Boca Raton. For information and tickets to the pre-events please call the historical society at 561.395.6766 , Ext. 101 , or visit the event Website at www.bocabacchanal.com. Tickets for all events are priced at $50/person ($45 for BRHS members.)

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