Wine and Wishes Hit the Valley

1ST Annual Valley Wine Festival November 11, 2006 spotlights children’s charities

Van Nuys, CA USA - 11/01/06 - The Valley Wine Festival will be presented by Barcelona in the beautiful Barcelona Gallery in Van Nuys on Saturday November 11, 2006. The festival and related festivities including an art auction will benefit the Make a Wish Foundation and the Blazers Youth Organization. Ticket holders will be treated to samplings from 30 different wineries and 5 different breweries, delicious food from area restaurants and caterers, casino tables, and an art auction including everything from sports memorabilia to Monet. The main event takes place from 2:00PM to 7:00PM and the art auction portion begins at 4PM.



This will be the second in a series of events held by Barcelona  “Our original event benefiting the Blazers was designed out of a project for a course I was taking called the Self Expression and Leadership program, provided by Landmark Education. The first event represented so much generosity and compassion from the community I made a promise to have another in 6 months and include my other favorite cause Make A Wish, that is when the Valley Wine Festival was born,” said Alan Semsar Barcelona CEO.



The 26 year old Make A Wish Foundation , grants wishes to children who have life threatening illness’s. Wishes are granted at the rate of 1 wish every 41 minutes and include things like becoming a police officer, the first wish ever granted to owning a hot tub or an elephant. The granted wishes give the children newfound joy and hope.


The Blazers Youth Organization  ,  founded in 1969 gives inner city children a place to grow and learn. Children that find themselves at the Blazer’s youth center often have no other place to turn but the streets. Children and young adults from 6 – 24 have the chance at a future by learning valuable reading, writing, commitment, leadership, and academic skills. Participants of 

Blazer’s programs have gone from being in gangs to entering some of the countries most prestigious schools, UCLA, Harvard, and MIT.



Pre-Order tickets  may be purchased at for only $25 which includes wine sampling, food, and $20 in play money for the casino tables. Ticket prices at the door will be $30.  Barcelona is located at 7733 Hayvenhurst Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91406.  Even if you can’t join us at the event please consider donating to the cause or .