May 24, 2012
Triumph Uncorked on June 22 -- food, wine, and a great cause

Pam Whitehead is one of the true local heroes in the fight against cancer. Not only has she raised tens of thousands of dollars for the Livestrong Foundation over the years, but she founded an excellent program called Triumph Fitness, which is a free 12-week strength and fitness program for those who have recently been treated for cancer.

I just received an email about a great food and wine fundraiser on June 22 at Helwig Winery directly related to the Triumph Cancer Foundation, and it features some top-notch food folks -- Mulvaney's, Magpie Caterers, Freeport Bakery, Pretty Sweet Co and Grateful Bread -- all creating items that will go into each attendee's insulated (and reusable) picnic basket. This is the second year for "Triumph Uncorked."

Music, gourmet food, fine wine, a good cause. What's not to like? Tickets are on sale now. If you want to go, don't put it off -- tickets must be purchased by June 18. Get details at or go directly here to purchase tickets.

Whitehead knows what she's talking about -- she's a cancer survivor herself. She and her husband Paul Almond are also excellent architects -- their Sacramento-based firm is called Sage Architecture. If you happen to appreciate great design, check out the photo galleries. (If you look closely, you'll notice the recent work Sage did for Helwig Winery).

Here's the information in full that I received via email:
Please join us for the second annual Triumph Uncorked fundraiser at Helwig Winery on June 22nd! Tickets are on sale now and must be purchased by June 18th to attend this special event. What better way to spend a Friday evening in June? Kick back, relax, and enjoy a great evening with us.

Join us for a fantastic jazz concert in the Helwig Amphitheater. Our musical artist is "Utopian Dreams" from the Bay area, back for a second year due to popular demand. Special guest saxophonist Eddie Baccus, Jr. is flying in from Washington DC just for our event! What an honor! We'll also have another guest musician, percussionist Mombo Hernandez. Get ready to be entertained!

Our gourmet picnic is being prepared by a line up of gourmet heavy hitters - Mulvaney's, Magpie Caterers, Freeport Bakery, Pretty Sweet and Grateful Bread. And of course, don't forget the Helwig wine! All served in a special insulated picnic basket that is our gift to you for future picnics! (How about a return trip to Helwig!)

Tickets are on sale now for this special event that you will not want to miss. All proceeds benefit a local nonprofit - the Triumph Cancer Foundation. The dollars raised will go directly towards the Foundation's signature program, Triumph Fitness, a 12-week strength and fitness program designed specifically for people have recently completed cancer treatment. Thanks to funds raised through the Triumph Cancer Foundation, this program is offered at NO COST to any adult cancer survivor in the Sacramento Metro area. Details can be found at Triumph Fitness Program.

Our Silent Auction is one of a kind! We have wine packages donated from some of the great wine appellations of Northern California. We have wonderful pieces of art up created by artists from around the region. Jewelry, a Tahoe get-away weekend, 49ers tickets - there will be lots to bid on. You won't want to miss it.

Worried about the drive out to Amador County? This year, we are offering charter bus service for an additional fee. Buses depart from Sacramento and Davis to bring guests out to the event and home again. But you need to act quickly because our buses are filling up!

We've planned the whole evening for you! Invite your friends! Make a party out of it and enjoy an evening in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. We promise you will have fun, all while supporting the cancer community. If you are already coming, please feel free to pass this email along. The more people who come, the more cancer survivors we can help in our community!

All it takes is a simple click on the link below to purchase your tickets to Triumph Uncorked.

We hope to see you on June 22nd!

Cheers! Pam Whitehead, Triumph Cancer Foundation

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