Checks were presented on Wednesday to two local charities by Bob and Cathy Mazza of Mazza Chautauqua Cellars and 5&20 Spirits. One month ago, on the eve of the release of its new 5 & 20 Rye Whiskey, Mazza held a benefit reception at which they auctioned off bottles two through six of the very first run of their new whiskey, with all proceeds going to the two charities. Guests at the reception enjoyed Mazza wines and spirits, as well as hors d'oeuvres provided by Erie's 1201 Kitchen. Also contributing to the evening's success was auctioneer Tim Rocco, who donated his services for the event.
Darlene Golibersuch received the check for the Westfield Union Relief Association which has, since 1880, been dedicated to the support of community members in need. These are often children and their families, but may be senior citizens or any families who are suffering because of a lost job or sudden illness.
The second check was presented to Adam Bratton, who represents the Achievement Center. The Center operates in Northeastern Pennsylvania and Chautuaqua County, and offers therapeutic services to children from birth to young adulthood, specializing in children with developmental, physical or behavioral issues. The center offers a variety of in-home and in-school services, with a mission of maximizing the potential of every child they serve.
Pictured above is a still and wooden barrels used inside the Mazza Chautauqua Cellars and 5&20 Spirits building.