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Hope and wine, the perfect pairing

Half of Team Hope, Stef Bush with her husband Ralph at Saturday's Wine Tasting event

Saturday, October 15 IDF volunteers Michelle Fox and Stefanie Bush – nicknamed Team Hope – hosted their 4th Annual “Promise of Hope” Wine Tasting fundraiser for IDF in Lowell, MA.  The night featured international wines, live music, appetizers, live and silent auctions, raffles, and a Halloween Murder Mystery!  Over $5,000 worth of auction items were donated for the evening and with guests encouraged to come in costume, the night was a true celebration for a cause.  Some of the fabulous auction items included tickets to local attractions like the zoo and theater, a spa day, and tickets to see a Boston Bruins hockey game.  The big ticket item ended up being a Beer for a Year package entitling the winner to a case a month of beer for year which ultimately went to the highest bidder for $575!

Between sponsors, donors, live/silent bids, and admission Team Hope raised over $12,000.00 for the Immune Deficiency Foundation! As Stefanie said about the event, “I am so proud to say that we have such a great group of folks who not only ‘get’ what we go through but ‘get’ why we do what we do and support us!” Congratulations to Team Hope for all of their success!  IDF is so grateful to wonderful volunteers like Michelle and Stefanie who put so much effort into making things better for the whole community.  Save the date for their 5th Annual Fundraiser, September 29, 2012.  Next year the event will be the Promise of Hope Beer Tasting.  Based on the success of this year’s event, you will not be disappointed!

Team Hope's Michelle Fox (right) enjoying the celebration with attendee Erin Shapleigh

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