Wheeling Forward Spins
Wine On Wheels Event
Editor in Chief: Najaam Lee
Contributing Location Writer: Mitchell Acks
Photo credit: Sheila D. Ennis/Sheila D’s Production LLC
WOW!!! A brilliant way to incorporate pleasure and a great cause into one wheeling event which brings so many together to support. On Saturday, April 16th at the CITY WINERY on 155 Varick St in NYC, organization Wheeling Forward held their Wine On Wheels wine tasting event to a packed house. We were greeted by staff with glass in hand.
Wine On Wheels featured over 200 wines from leading importers and wineries which were poured by a distinguished panel of 60 sommeliers. Among wine tasting, many interesting seminars were taken place, such as the Breakfast in Burgundy Wine Seminar with expert Daniel Johnnes, the Fortified Wines of Languedoc-Roussillon with Jamal Rayyis of Sud de France and Chocolates from Jean Francois Bonnet of Tumbador Chocolate, plus Blind Tasting with Dana Gaiser and Morgan Harris from Esquire Network’s Uncorked.
A Silent Auction was held featuring thirteen (13) items. Among such items were :
- A magical trip for two(2) people to visit the Vineyards of Southern France for 5 nights with airfare and accommodations
- Dining at the superlative Union Square Restaurant Pack at the following locations: Union Square Cafe, Marta, Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, The Modern and North End Grill.
- A two(2) night stay at Loews Regency New York with dinner and cool perks included
- A private tasting seminar with Yannick Benjamin – co founder of Wheeling Forward and a wine sommelier
One hundred percent (100%) of the proceeds from Wine on Wheels benefits Wheeling Forward, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities live life to the fullest. Wheeling Forward works with individuals to provide the advocacy, mentorship and support services they need to reach their goals, no matter how big or small. Learn more at www.wheelingforward.org
This event would not be possible without the strong support of platinum sponsors Donald & Karen Laroocca Family Foundation, the Fessler Foundation LTD., and Latham & Watkins. Strong gold sponsors and supporters included Domaine, Crystalline Selection, Duclot, Winebow, Savio Soares Selections, Bordeaux, Krug, Grape Brokers, Joshua K Design and Serge Pour Selections.
ABOUT WHEELING FORWARD
Wheeling Forward, a non profit organization founded in 2011, was created by co founder Alex Elegudin and Yannick Benjamin. They met after sustaining spinal cord injuries in the same month when Alex was just 19 and Yannick was 25.
The Axis Project, a program of Wheels of Progress located at 1325 5th Avenue in NYC, is a multidisciplinary center devoted to providing high quality services for those with physical disabilities. Their center is completely wheelchair accessible with all accessible equipment.They help adults who are 18 years or older who are Medicaid-eligible and need help with activities of daily living. These services are covered by Medicaid Managed Long Term Care Plans.
The project offers many vital core programs. Their spinal mobility program is an an innovative exercise program with accessible equipment with your peer and each participant gets an individual exercise plan. Also, they have a wheelchair pit stop where one can get their wheelchair cleaned and any minor adjustments and they donate an average of 50 wheelchairs a year. Other interesting programs include yoga, cardio boxing, spinning and hand cycling. Access computing lab and advocacy desk.
They offer variety of other services such as: hot nutritious meals, nutrition classes, speakers, support groups, mentoring, nursing home transition, movies and video games, arts and crafts, trips and community outings, billiards, table tennis, dominoes, chess and many more.
Wheeling Forward has an interesting adaptive sports clinic so people can learn and enjoy water skiing , skydiving, surfing, snow skiing and scuba diving to defy the limits of their disabilities.
To learn more about the organization at www.wheelingforward.org
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