UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA FOUNDATION

Honorary chairs/advisory committee

As honorary cochairs of WineFest No. 22, we are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to give back to University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.  WineFest is about celebrating children’s health and supporting the incredible advances being made every day at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.  We have enjoyed WineFest for many years, and it has always been a special event to us.  As our family was blessed with children, WineFest has come to mean even more to us than we could ever have imagined.  When our youngest child, Summer, was two months old, we unexpectedly found ourselves in the emergency room at Masonic Children’s Hospital.  Summer’s doctors informed us that she needed a heart transplant.  Words can’t describe our emotions and the frightening unknowns our young family faced.  From the moment we arrived, we found comfort knowing we were in the hands of such capable and caring doctors.  Summer’s best chance at survival meant she would receive a Berlin Heart, a unique and cutting-edge device that saved her life and allowed her surgeons time to await the perfect heart.  This option was only available due to the University being among a select few hospitals in the U.S. allowed to implant and study the device.  Our daughter successfully went on to receive the milestone 800th heart transplant at the University of Minnesota.  We are happy to report that today she is a thriving example of the miracles made possible at this hospital.  University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital continues to write similar and groundbreaking stories, one child at a time.

For 22 years, WineFest has raised more than $13 million and provided crucial pediatric research funding to University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, specifically to support the research careers of promising junior faculty who develop breakthrough treatments and cures for children everywhere.  We are committed to infuse the passion we observed from the hospital doctors and staff and spread the word about the best wine event in the Twin Cities, and in turn, raise awareness and funds that support University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.  It is through those funds raised that we will continue to advance children’s health research, education and care.

WineFest is the most celebrated and anticipated charity food and wine event throughout the Midwest.  During WineFest No. 22, May 12-13, we will highlight the next generation in wine families and the industry. Festivities will include gourmet fare, distinctive wine tastings, incredible live and silent auctions, mystery wine bags, and more!

We invite you to join our commitment and support of WineFest No. 22. This event acts as the perfect showcase for your business by providing stellar brand exposure, helping you to reach an established following of current and future business and community leader, and aligning your organization with a very worthy cause.  Your sponsorship makes a difference. It is our privilege to be a part of such a wonderful event, and we are extremely excited to serve as honorary chairs for WineFest No. 22.  With your support, we will give children more days to play, nights to dream, and time to be kids.

Cheers,

Tom and Tori Ostlund
WineFest No. 22 Honorary Advisory Chairs, WineFest Advisory Committee
 


Wine Advisory Committee

Thanks to the expertise and generous guidance of the unparalleled WineFest Advisory Committee, WineFest is able to offer exquisite wine, one-of-a-kind auction lots, and unique travel opportunities that help make it a nationally recognized wine charity event.

Honorary Chairs: Tori and Tom Ostlund

Alicia Anderson
Compleat Wine Cellars, LLC

Scott Anderson
Community volunteer

Ross Bartels
Community volunteer

Bill Belkin
Lunds Food Holdings

Cathy Bendel, M.D.
Faculty Liaison

Blythe Brenden
Community volunteer

Judi Britt
Grape Beginnings

Brian Call
Rubicon Mortgage Advisors

Paul Campbell
Community volunteer

Robin Casper
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Dominic Ciresi
Community volunteer

Dale Cochrane
Johnson Brothers

Bill Coy
Vintage U

Dan Daul
World Class Wines

Marion Dauner
Vinocopia

Randy Dobratz
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Mike Erickson
Community volunteer

Ricki & Alfred Fish, M.D.
Community volunteers

Jamie Flaws
Minnesota Monthly

Chris Foster
Libation Project

Andrea & Scott Harris
Community volunteers

Tammy Hartman
Clear Channel Outdoor

Maria Hemsley
Community volunteer

Noah Hemstad
St. Croix Vineyards

Jim Heuer
Heuer Fischer P.A.

John Hoffman
Winery Associates

Zandra Jezior
Community volunteer

Lee Kitzenberg, D.D.S.
Community volunteer

Jolae Koehler
Community volunteer

Aaron Johnson
Community volunteer

Kelly Lampe
Community volunteer

Derek Lindquist
Wine Merchants

Troy Lund, Ph.D.
Faculty Liaison

Shelia Manahan
The Wine Company

Lee Monskey
Haskell’s

Marshall Morehead
Truffle Hill Chocolates

Kelly Morlock
Community volunteer

Sean Morrison
Breakthru Beverage Minnesota

Brad Musolf
Trinchero Family Estates

Mike Nachtscheim
Phillips Wine and Spirits

Jody Nierman
Wine Merchants

Bob Patrow
Southern Wine & Spirits

Bill Paustis
Paustis Wine Company

Bryan Pearson
Trinchero Family Estates

Bryce Quinn
Cafe Latte

Natalie Quinn
Room & Board

Abby Rakun
Community volunteer

Kelly Reagan
Community volunteer

Peggy & Brian Reagan
Community volunteers

Dale Roberts
Community volunteer

Christi Rowan
Community volunteer

Tom Ryan
Breakthru Beverage Minnesota

Jonathan Schulze
Hardy U.S.A.

Justin Spano
Morrissey Hospitality Companies

Mitch Spencer
Haskell’s

Pam Stetz
Breakthru Beverage Minnesota

Sheila Stewart
Community volunteer

Joe Toohey
Ste. Michelle Wine Estates

Anne Tousignant
Bellboy Corporation

Deborah Yungner
ERBUS Inc.
LifeGRID Technologies