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"Wine is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy" - Benjamin Franklin
"Baseball is Heaven's gift to mortals" - George Will
"Practice safe eating, always use condiments" - Unknown
Last month, I spent a beautiful Friday evening eating good food, drinking good wine and helping children in need. Three of my favorite pastimes rolled into one. What could be better than that?
I had meant that to be a rhetorical question, but then the good people at Infuze Marketing went ahead and answered it for me:
Add a baseball game to the mix.
On Wednesday, the 28th of July, Infuze is teaming with the Sacramento River Cats to put on "Wine in the Park" at Raley Field.
Tickets are $25, with a portion of the proceeds going to Acres of Hope, a long-term housing program for homeless women with children. According to the group's website, the program provides "the support and resources needed to end the cycles of homelessness in their lives."
A noble cause indeed.
"Its a great opportunity to do some wine tasting, take in a ball game and raise money for charity," said Jennifer Castleberry, who oversees marketing and events for the River Cats.
For the cost of admission, you get to enjoy the wines of four (semi)local wineries: Pilot Peak, Nevada City, Chateau Routon and Mount Aukum.
Appetizers will be provided by Ovations Catering.
It all takes place in the comfort of the VIP tented section off the third base line at Raley Field, which USA Today called one of the top-10 minor league stadiums in the country.
And, lest we forget, you get to take in a game featuring one of the hottest teams in America.
Your suddenly scorching-hot River Cats take on the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. The River Cats have won 20 of their last 25 games and are just a game out of first place in their division. On June 14, they trailed the first-place Fresno Grizzlies by 12 and a half games.
If you want to take in some good wine, good food and good ball for a good cause, you can purchase tickets online at infuzemarketing.com
Wine and Dine runs from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.