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April 3, 2018 > Wine, food, and fashion fun

Wine, food, and fashion fun

By Roelle Balan

Imagine a great time with friends while sipping wine and shopping. The best part is, all of it will help support a local hospital. The St. Rose Hospital Foundation is hosting ÒA Taste of Style,Ó a fun event for friends, family, and the fashionable. The event, previously called ÒWine, Women & Shoes,Ó started in 2013 and is now in itÕs 6th year, offering a live and silent auction, raffle, wine samples, hors dÕoeuvres, ice cream, and fashion vendors.

The St. Rose Hospital Foundation was established in 1977 to support HaywardÕs non-profit St. Rose Hospital in its mission to provide quality healthcare to the community. The hospital depends on donations through foundation fundraising events, grant writing, and planned giving. The foundation holds four annual events every year, with ÒA Taste of StyleÓ kicking things off each spring.

This event will help fund a renovation of the hospitalÕs clinical laboratory. Gloria Lara, Special Events Coordinator for the St. Rose Hospital Foundation, said the funds will go to new lab equipment, building permits, and new tables to help make them handicap accessible. Lara also explained the new equipment will make it easier for lab workers to get results in at a faster pace. ÒIt would be that much more important to getting our patients the services that they need,Ó Lara said. The foundation expects to raise at least $75,000 Ð $90,000 from ÒA Taste of StyleÓ alone.

Funds will be raised through vendors, wineries, raffle, silent and live auction, and ticket sales. ÒWhat we ask is for a donation for them to be able to sell there,Ó Lara said of the vendors. She explained they pay a $175 merchant fee thatÕs a tax-deductible donation to the lab fund. There is an option for vendors who want to donate a percentage of their sales in lieu of the merchant fee donation.

Fashion vendors that will be in attendance include Bolotaolo by Carla Bolotaolo, LulaRoe, gsDesigns, LipSense, and June Sablan Designs. Wineries will also be giving free samples of their wines. Get a taste of offerings from Castello di Amorosa, Leisure Street Winery, MurrietaÕs Well, and Rockwall Wines.

Lara noted the exciting layout of the venue. ÒWhat we have is called our ÔShop and Sip Marketplace,Õ so we have merchant, merchant, winery, merchant, merchant, winery, so as theyÕre going through theyÕre able to taste, you know, ÔA Taste of StyleÕ! she said with a laugh.

She also explained how important their relationship with their vendors are. ÒMost of our vendors are returning vendors that really believe in the mission of St. Rose and believe in what weÕre doing here in the hospital. WeÕre the only hospital in Hayward,Ó she said. As the only hospital, St. Rose serves a city population of 150,000. ÒWeÕre very crucial to everyone in this area,Ó Lara said.

There will be a silent and live auction at the event, with prizes like clothing items, bottles of wine, and one grand prize involving the Hayward Fire Department. Silent auction items include anything vendors may be selling, as merchants are asked to donate an item.

The live auction, with a possible professional auctioneer, is something to look forward to. The six prizes are exciting, like a pair of Golden State Warriors courtside tickets to the possible first round of the playoffs. Lara said their Òhot ticketÓ prize is dinner with the Hayward Fire Department, which includes a tour of the firehouse and dinner prepared by the firefighters. ÒItÕs a really nice package and itÕs what everyone looks forward to every year,Ó she said. Other prizes are a trip to Monterey and a custom art item. Everything is donated to the silent and live auctions. There will also be a raffle with prizes like a $300 MacyÕs gift card and a $150 Forbes Mill Steakhouse gift card.

ÒA Taste of StyleÓ is nothing without a runway fashion show. Hospital staff, foundation board directors, and friends and family of the foundation take part as models. Vendors and their employees participate too. Models get a fitting and choose what they want to wear. The clothes and shoes are all provided by MacyÕs in Stoneridge Shopping Center, Pleasanton.

Lara assures that participants can expect to have Òtons of fun.Ó A catering company is going to pass out hors dÕoeuvres and there will be another bar area with a menu that is not confirmed yet. Organizers are working with a catering and special events company that provides a bartender who is going to create a complementary cocktail that will work with this yearÕs theme, Tiffany Blue.

Ticket and sponsorship funds for this event go directly to the hospitalÕs clinical laboratory renovation. Tickets are $75 each and can be bought in advance or at the door. For ticket and sponsor information, go to

A Taste of Style
Thursday, Apr 12
6:30 p.m. Ð 9:30 p.m.
Crow Canyon Country Club
711 Silver Lake Dr., Danville
(510) 264-4007
Tickets: $75

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