It was a record-breaking afternoon for the 2022 Travis Schultz Winemakers Master Class backed by NAB for SunnyKids, raising the highest amount ever as the prestigious event celebrated its tenth year yesterday.
An astonishing $245,000 was raised in support of Sunshine Coast charity SunnyKids, which will enable the not-for-profit organisation to expand its crucial social programs such as SunnyKids in School and Mentoring Through Sports.
Event founder, Travis Schultz, said he could not be prouder of the generosity and community spirit that was demonstrated at Friday’s event.
“If you’d told me ten years ago my humble idea of a winemakers fundraiser would reach such heights and result in nearly one million dollars in fundraising over that time, I would have been more than a little sceptical,” Mr Schultz said.
“The generosity and community spirit I witnessed last night was truly humbling and I sincerely thank every one of our valued patrons who came with a mission to make our tenth lunch one for the record books,” he said.
SunnyKids CEO, Kathleen Hope, said the generosity of the Sunshine Coast community knew no bounds.
“To say my SunnyKids colleagues and I are grateful for the amazing fundraising efforts last night and over the course of the past decade, is the understatement of the year,” Ms Hope said.
“As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely heavily on the support from our local community, and thanks to the long-lasting partnership we have had with this event, SunnyKids has been able to reach hundreds of children at risk of disengaging at school, expanding our programs into 10 local schools and supporting 600 individuals within families who needed it most,” she said.
Mr Schultz said over the past ten years, the event has showcased wines from some of Australasia’s best winemakers from regions such as the Barossa, Central Otago, Hunter Valley, Clare Valley, Margaret River, Mornington Peninsula, Orange and Yarra Valley regions, who all volunteer their time to take guests through a wine paired, four course degustation lunch.
“The support Australian winemakers have shown for our event over the past decade has been extraordinary and we are very proud to have had the opportunity to showcase their wines and learn from some of the leading winemakers the industry has to offer,” Mr Schultz said.
“This year it was our honour to present industry icon, Reid Bosward, representing Kaesler Wines, Drew Tuckwell of Printhie Wines, Baroness of the Barossa Jane Ferrari representing Soul Growers, and Ben Portet from Dominique Portet Yarra Valley,” he said.
“I must take this opportunity to thank our loyal and generous event partners, in particular our platinum presenting partner, NAB Private Wealth, and our talented event committee, without whom this event would not have evolved to become the enormous fundraising success it is today,” Mr Schultz said.