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Chula Vista community supports public library foundation at wine taste gala Phillip Brents | Fri, May 03 2013 03:54 PM

The Chula Vista Public Library Foundation is a non-profit, charitable foundation for the purpose of helping raise additional funds from the community and to involve area business professionals, philanthropists and community members with the library and its vital community programs.

The mission statement is a noble one, and community involvement certainly was at the forefront of last Saturday’s Bon Appetit 2013 wine taste and restaurant sampler charity fundraiser at Otay Ranch Town Center.

Food and beverage purveyors included Bay Bridge Brewing, Belgium Gourmet, Bull Chicks, CaSa Bella, Cool Down Coffee, Edible Arrangements, Golden Spoon, Los Arcos, Nestle Toll House Café, Olive Garden, Panera Bread, PureFlo Water, Romesco’s, Rubio’s, Tequila Adan y Eva and Trader Joe’s.

Besides the tasting, guests could also take part in a silent auction and a live raffle for donated merchandise and services.

Members from the library foundation served as guest pourers.

Cindy Greenbaum, who serves as vice-chairperson of the foundation, said the Bon Appetit fundraiser enables the foundation to provide services at all library branches, including the novel, family-friendly branch located next to the food pavilion at Otay Ranch Town Center.

Bull Chick’s owner Antonio Maldonado said he was pleased to participate in the event. He termed it a way of “giving back to the community.”

“We’ve been members of the library (foundation) for three or four years,” Maldonado said. “My kids have gone through the local schools, and we want to give back to the community.

“The Otay Ranch branch library is one year old and there’s a lot of satisfaction to see that. It is one of the few libraries located at a shopping mall.”

Maldonado noted the turnout was so positive that he had to order more seasoned chicken wings from his nearby restaurant.

Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox and San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox headed the list of local politicians who supported the event.

A hot item was a raffle for a $1,000 shopping spree sponsored by Michael Meacham and James Nothnagel.

Chula Vista Rotary Club President Michael Monaco, a member at large of the local library foundation, served as emcee at the event.

For more information and photos, visit www.cvplfoundation.net.

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