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Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine holds wine auction, VIMYs

Thunderbird Country Club provided the glitz and glamour Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine (CVVIM)s 6th Annual WineLover’s Auction and VIMY Award Presentation on Nov. 11.

Founded in 2010, CVVIM uses community volunteers who work with medical and dental professionals to provide free medical and dental services to the uninsured and underinsured, as well as low-income families and individuals in the Coachella Valley. To date, the organization has provided more than 40,000 medical and dental visits at no out-of-pocket cost.

The VIMY Award honors a major contributor to healthcare here in the Coachella Valley and beyond, and this year’s award was Desert Healthcare District & Foundationan organization that “connects Coachella Valley residents to health and wellness services and programs through philanthropy, health facilities, information and community education, and public policy,” according to its website.

The emcee and auctioneer of the evening was Patrick Evanswho not only volunteers to host many local charities, he also regularly hosts special dinners for up to 10 people who enjoy his Italian cuisine accompanied by the famous sausages and meatballs made from his grandfather’s recipe.

Some of the other donated items up for auction included golf and lunch packs for four Rancho La Quinta, Thunderbird country club, Morning Side Country Club and The feathers; a Mount de Oro barrel room dinner for 10; seven nights in the Torres Mazatlan Resort in Mexico; a wine outing in Paso Robles; a wine dinner for eight at Si Bon at Rancho Mirage; a VIP tasting and three nights accommodation Christopher Creek Winery Estate House; a mixed box of 12 wines; a Thunderbird wine cellar dinner for 20; an “unplugged” experience for four in Nashville; and an in-home dinner for eight of New Leaf Catering.

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Including those present who supported CVVIM’s work Jerry UphamLa Quinta Mayor Linda Evanscouncillor Steve Sanchez and Michael Finney from Desert Care Networkthe presenting sponsor of the evening.

The wine storage sponsor of the event was Self Storage at Palm Springs Airport. The main wine sponsor was Monte De Oro Winery & Vineyards. media sponsor ABC News Channel 3. Vintage sponsor laundry Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. Magnum sponsors were Contour dermatology, Desert Oasis Healthcare and Walter Clark Legal Group. And reserve sponsors were Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, emperor standing and UC Riverside School of Medicine.

For more information about Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine or to make a donation, visit cvvim.org or call Executive Director Doug Morin at (760) 342-4414.

Carole Stephen-Smith has lived in the desert for over 30 years. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, she began writing in London and has been a regular contributor to The Desert Sun for eight years.

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