The gradual recovery of wine charity auctions after a challenging 2009 seemed in evidence at Portland, Ore.'s Classic Wines Auction on March 6. The event raised more than $2.3 million, matching the total from the auction's 25th anniversary celebration last year. "We were just over the moon that we could get back to a similar number," said auction director Heather Martin. Fifty-two live lots netted an estimated $650,000, while the silent auction pulled in $58,000. A fund-a-need program boosted the sum an additional $737,500. Beneficiaries include Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children, Trillium Family Services and the YWCA Clark County.
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