Barrels of Fun for a Good Cause

Monday, 03.26.2012 / 6:12 PM CT / Features
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators
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Barrels of Fun for a Good Cause
On Friday, March 23, the Nashville Predators Foundation hosted its most successful Wine Festival and Tasting, presented by Jackson National Life Insurance Company. Approximately 1,000 attendees were at Bridgestone Arena to fill their complimentary Riedel glasses with samples of 285 varieties of wines, beers and spirits and enjoy food from Bound’ry restaurant, raising an event-record amount of money for the Foundation in the process.

 2012 Wine Festival Photo Gallery
Along with the Predators Foundation Gala and the Nashville Predators/Brent Peterson Celebrity Golf Classic, the Wine Festival and Tasting is one of the primary annual fund-raisers for the foundation, which distributes funds to local charities and organizations through a grant program each spring.

The event has grown in each of its seven years, hosting more attendees and offering a higher caliber and number of wines in 2012 than ever before. The funds raised through wine tasting ticket sales and auction items will ultimately help the Predators Foundation contribute its largest amount of grant money to date—$350,000 in 2012—back to the community.

This year, seventy people also attended a VIP dinner in the arena’s Patron Platinum Club, with food from Levy Restaurant chef Thomas Winklebleck paired with wines from Martinelli Winery.

In its first year, the Wine Festival featured wines from just one local alcoholic beverage distributor; now that number has risen to six and the offerings reflect that expansion. Prominent wines included Hendry Estate Cabernet, Molly Dooker Boxer Shiraz, and Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet. Beers from local brewery Yazoo Brewing Company were on hand for the first time. And spirits from Maker’s Mark and Corsair Artisan distilleries provided even more variety for event patrons. Maker’s Mark Distillery went as far as dipping 100 hockey pucks in its trademark red bottle-sealing wax and making them available for a donation.

A highlight of the event is always the expansive silent auction, which this year featured a record 200 items. Most prized among the offerings were a road trip with the Nashville Predators team, an opportunity to sit in as an honorary team photographer at a Predators game, a round of golf with hockey operations advisor Brent Peterson, and items signed by celebrities like Payton and Eli Manning, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Robert Plant.

In addition to drinking, eating and bidding, those in attendance also had the chance to mingle with Predators head coach Barry Trotz, associate coach Peter Horachek and assistant coach Lane Lambert, as well as Predators broadcasters Pete Weber and Terry Crisp. Fans could also get a photo with team mascot Gnash in the event’s photo booth.

With rave reviews for the food and wines and the event’s highest grossing silent auction to date, the 2012 Wine Festival and Tasting will be tough to top. But if seven years of history are an indication, next year’s event will be even better.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
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10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
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P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61