The Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation for Greater Rocky Mount, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, is excited to bring back the Tar River Wine Festival this year to raise money for charitable organizations in Nash and Edgecombe counties. The fifth biennial festival, which has become one of the preeminent charitable events in eastern North Carolina, will occur Thursday, April 28 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Rose Hill Conference Center in Nashville.

The festival promises an elegant evening of food, wine and music. Tickets are $60 and include food, wine and a complimentary tasting glass. A jazz ensemble will play throughout the four-hour event, according to Kelly Joyner Lee, regional associate of the NCCF. “This event offers an opportunity to sample the wines and foods of the area and to support the community,” Lee said.

This unique event is used as the primary fundraiser for the Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation and its companion organization, the Rocky Mount Area Community Fund, according to Lee. “The wine festival usually raises between $35,000 and $38,000 through sponsorship and ticket sales,” she said. “We have been able to fund tremendous community projects because of this event.”

More than 30 restaurants and wineries from North Carolina and beyond have agreed to donate food and wine to the festival. This year, the event also offers guests the chance to purchase wine, according to Lee. Wine will be available from the vendors, and guests who buy two or more bottles will receive a personalized wine tote.

The Tar River Wine Festival is open to the public and has had more than 500 people attend in the past, according to Lee. Appropriate dress will range from dressy casual to business.

For more information about the Tar River Wine Festival, or to purchase tickets, email Kelly Joyner Lee or call her at (252) 973-1205.

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