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Wine social allows Kiwanis Club to give back to the community Phillip Brents | Fri, May 24 2013 06:10 PM

The Kiwanis Club of Chula Vista held its 12th annual wine tasting social last Saturday at the Otay Ranch Town Center shopping mall. Funds raised will help the service club continue its  heartfelt community outreach to less fortunate children and their families in the Chula Vista area.

“This event raises approximately $30,000 that we give back to the needy folks and children of Chula Vista,” said Kiwanis Club member Viky Mitrovich, who served as the chairperson for this year’s wine social. “It brings together every type of community member for a common goal.”

Mitrovich serves as the principal at Chula Vista Middle School besides her duties with the local service club. She joins many others — educators, business owners and professionals — who have embraced the Kiwanis creed to help better the community in which they live.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Kiwanis member Monica Montaño, a community relations director for Scripps Health, which served as a ticket sponsor for the event. “This is the fundraiser that allows low income children to have breakfast with and meet Santa.

“I live in Chula Vista. I work in Chula Vista. This is a way I can give back to the community that has given me so much.”

Each pouring station was sponsored by a local business; wines (both white and red) were available for tasting as well as for sale by the bottle.

A silent auction featured more than 30 donated items, including tickets to Padres games and concerts at Sleep Train Amphitheatre, 14K gold earrings, Dior sunglasses, a silver beaded necklace and an Alfani leather jacket.

Among the dignitaries present were Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox and San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox.

Educators were well represented at the event that included live entertainment by Breezin and lavish catered food.

“It’s a great event,” Castle Park High School Principal Ed Bajet said. “I’m coming back next year.”

Kiwanis member Rebecca Ohlau, owner of the Hair Time beauty salon on Third Avenue in downtown Chula Vista, won the 50-50 raffle worth $449. She donated $100 back to the club.

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