Hudson Wine Festival Set to Host More Than 7,500 Wine & Animal Lovers at Annual Event

Hudson, Ohio (June 29, 2011) – The fourth annual Hudson Wine Festival, produced by Summit Charitable Events Foundation, will once again primarily benefit Pawsibilities®, The Humane Society of Greater Akron with partial proceeds going to Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care & Boarding.

Featuring more than 200 wines from local, national and international producers, guests will also enjoy musical entertainment, delectable food from Nosh Eatery & Creative Catering, wine education seminars, artists and exhibitors throughout the weekend.

“We are thrilled at the response we have seen to date for this year’s wine festival and look forward to attracting record crowds and raising much needed funds for two great organizations” said Butch Bartlett, President, Summit Charitable Events Foundation.

The weekend will get underway on Friday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. with the Wine & Wags VIP Preview Party at Lake Forest Country Club. Tickets are $90 and include fine wines, food stations, entertainment a silent auction and a weekend festival pass.

Next up is the Paws on Parade kick-off event, coordinated by Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care & Boarding. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and dogs and their owners will have the opportunity to prance through downtown Hudson as well as enter contests for best costume, look-a-like, cutest dog and best dog trick. Pre-registration is available online at www.hudsonwinefestival.com.

The Hudson Wine Festival will take place Saturday, July 16 from 1 – 9 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 from 1 – 6 p.m. along Village Way in the beautiful First & Main shopping district. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and include 10 tastings and a souvenir wine glass. Additional tastings are 10 for $5 at the event.

All tickets can be purchased online at www.hudsonwinefestival.com as well as at The Learned Owl, Pawsibilities, The Humane Society of Greater Akron and at the Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care facility, both located in Twinsburg.

Sponsors for the Hudson Wine Festival include: Adams Reserve New York Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, First & Main Shopping District, Cascade Audi & Cascade Porsche, Wind River Associates, LLC, Ohio Magazine, Scriptype Publishing, Suncrest Gardens, Payto Architects, The WineBuzz, WAKR / WONE / WQMX & AkronNewsNow.com, Keystone Components, Inc and ShopInHudson.com.

The Hudson Wine Festival has raised more than $50,000 for the Humane Society over the past three years and hosted over 6,500 guests last year. For more information on becoming a part of the Hudson Wine Festival, please contact Debra Sherman at 330-256-8704 or visit www.hudsonwinefestival.com.

Summit Charitable Events Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2008 by Butch Bartlett who serves as President. SCEF is organized and operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. SCEF develops, organizes and produces public events which benefit charitable organizations in Northeast Ohio.

The Humane Society of Greater Akron, incorporated in 1968, is dedicated to alleviating animal suffering, preventing and investigating animal cruelty, protecting the welfare of animals and providing quality adoption services. It is our goal to respond to the ongoing needs of the animals and residents of Summit County and to educate the community, whose support we need to accomplish this mission.

Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care & Boarding is a Hattie Larlham program that provides vocational opportunities to adults with disabilities. The organization offers convenient day care and overnight boarding services in a cage-free environment. Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care & Boarding has locations in Twinsburg and North Canton.