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Salute! 2024

Celebrating 25 Years of Support for Cottonwood Incorporated

Article by Denise DeTommaso

Photography by Provided by Cottonwood Incorporated

Originally published in Lawrence City Lifestyle

Salute!, a three-day festival of wine, food, and fun, takes place this year starting Thursday, July 11th. This is the primary fundraiser for Cottonwood Incorporated, which helps the organization continue its mission of providing quality support and services to individuals with disabilities. The event offers something for wine lovers of all levels and tastes, with more than 1,500 people traveling from near and far to attend.

The schedule includes:

Mass St. Mosey

Thursday, July 11th, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy a summer evening stroll down Mass Street while sipping wine or beer. Thirteen locations between Sixth and Tenth Streets will provide a taste of red and white wine, plus a food tidbit from a local caterer or restaurant. One spot will have beer for tasting. Guests will receive a gift bag and souvenir glass when they check in. Tickets are $60 and are limited to 500.

Winemaker Dinner

Friday, July 12th, starting at 6:30 p.m. with reception and dinner at 7 p.m. at The Oread Hotel

The evening features an elegant multicourse menu paired with wines from J Lohr Winery. A winery representative leads the participants through the pairings. Only 125 tickets are sold for the dinner, making it an intimate gathering.

The Grand Tasting and Auctions

Saturday, July 15th, from 6 to 10 p.m. at The Oread Hotel

The Salute Grand Tasting and Auctions offers guests a unique opportunity to sample more than 200 wines, beers, or spirits and taste cuisine from area restaurants. The evening features both a large silent auction and a fabulous live auction with over-the-top items to bid on, including 17 bona fide 100-point wines, giftware, trips, and other choice products and services. The live auction is led by the Nigro Brothers Charity Auctioneers. Five hundred tickets are available and cost $75.

Visit to order tickets and learn more about the weekend.

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