The 2011 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction includes four days of festivities, which include the Dine Around Dinners on Wednesday, March 23, and the Trade Tasting and in-home Winemaker Dinners on Thursday, March 24. Events on Friday, March 25, include the second annual Vintners’ Cup golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club and the Friday Night Fête under the tents in Atlantic Station. Saturday, March 26, will close out the festivities with the Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction. Teaming up to wield the gavel for the Live Auction are esteemed wine auctioneers Michael Davis and Ben Ferdinand of Hart Davis Hart Wine Co., Chicago. For more information about specific events, visit www.atlanta-wineauction.org .
Founded in 1993, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is the largest fundraising event for the High Museum of Art. The Wine Auction is the top charity fundraising event in Atlanta, the sixth largest charity wine auction in the United States according to “Wine Spectator” and the number-one charity wine auction benefiting the arts.
The funds generated by the auction, which amount to more than $17 million over the last 18 years, are a significant contribution to the museum’s exhibitions and educational programming. Proceeds help to make possible special exhibitions and partnerships such as the upcoming multi-year, multi-exhibition partnership between the High and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and also provide funds for dynamic youth education programs that draw thousands of schoolchildren to the High each year.