Vine and Dine fundraiser in Norwalk to support animals

Auction items includes Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Browns and Toledo Mudhens Baseball ticket packages, as well as a Sawmill Creek package, celebrity autographs and a corn hole game.
John Benson
Nov 7, 2013

We talked to Huron County Humane Society Director of Marketing Bonnie Albright about this meow and bark-friendly affair.

First of all, what is the idea behind the Vine & Dine fundraiser?
We do it to support the animals. This is the sixth year. I believe someone saw a similar event in the Toledo area and it developed from that. It is a silent auction, and there’s also a live auction. There is a grand prize drawing for a case of wine, and it’s also possible to purchase bottles or cases of wine. Overall, the event is wine tasting, beer and ale tasting paired with hors d'oeuvres.

How has the event changed over the years?
Something that changed last year is we added beer and ale tasting. Over the years the sponsorships and donations have grown. Also, we changed the venue. We had a very nice location at the Eagle Creek Golf Club in Norwalk. It was a great location with great service, but we just outgrew the space. So last year we held it on the factory floor at Norwalk Custom Order Furniture. It worked out fine. It’s not a store. It’s a factory. However, they did open what is called their international showroom. It’s an added little thing for people to browse the styles and trends. The attendance has grown to about 250 people. 

Is there entertainment at the Vine & Dine? 
Last year we had The Divots Band and we’ll have them again this year. They actually perform in the area. They’re a trio and just a good all around music listening and they can rock it out too.

As a fundraiser, how much does the Vine & Dine bring in for the Huron County Humane Society?
This is really the only annual fundraiser, although we do have bingo every week in Norwalk. So Vine & Dine probably raises over $15,000 for the Huron County Humane Society, which was actually founded back in 1897. Today we help 300 to 400 animals a year, mostly cats and dogs. The animals we help are surrendered, abandoned, neglected and abused animals. Right now we have a guinea pig. I think the facility we’re in now opened almost 14 years ago and one of the first residents was a python. Since I’ve been here, there have been birds, mice, gerbils, hamsters and ferrets.

If someone never experienced Vine & Dine, why should they come out?
Just to support the Huron County Humane Society. It’s a really awesome time.

Vine & Dine tales place from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 9 at Norwalk Custom Order Furniture.

Tickets to the Vine & Dine are $35. For more information, call 419.663.7158. Click HERE to visit their Facebook.