For anti-cancer fundraiser, grape expectations

On the heels of Chester County Day, Chester County Hospital has a second fall ritual on tap this weekend: the 26th Annual Wine Festival.

The Wine Festival, a fundraiser to benefit cancer research and care, will be held on the grounds of the Dilworthtown Inn.

The hospital is hoping that area oenophiles will gather at the Dilworthtown Inn in Birmingham Township on Sunday, Oct. 15, to help put a cork in cancer.

Attendees will be able to stroll the grounds of the historic restaurant and sample approximately 100 wines, craft beers, hard cider and cuisine prepared by Dilworthtown Inn chefs and local food trucks. In addition, a silent auction, shopping opportunities in the Gallery of Artisan Vendors, live music, a performance car show, and more will contribute to the popular event, according to a hospital press release.

Proceeds from the wine festival will benefit patients of the Cancer Program of Chester County Hospital and Neighborhood Health, which brings world-class care close to home. Through a partnership with the Penn Cancer Network, the program offers the latest treatment protocols and cutting-edge technology, including care outside the hospital through the services of Neighborhood Health (home health, hospice, private duty, and Senior HealthLink services).

The festival will run rain or shine from noon to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Dilworthtown Inn, 1390 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester, Pa., 19382. General-admission tickets are $45 per person in advance or $50 at the door and include wine- and beer-tastings and access to shopping and entertainment. Food will be available for purchase at the Gourmet Food Tent.

Those who opt to purchase VIP tickets at $100 apiece will receive complimentary offerings from the Gourmet Food Tent as well access to the VIP tent, which will feature reserved seating, fruit and cheese, special wines, and more.

To encourage responsible drinking, a designated driver package for $200 includes five general- admission tickets and one free designated-driver ticket. The latter also includes lunch and a non-alcoholic beverage.

The Brandywine and Greystone Women’s auxiliaries to the hospital organize the annual wine festival. To attend, volunteer, sponsor, or donate, visit www.2crushcancer.com or call 610-431-5328.

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About Kathleen Brady Shea

Kathleen Brady Shea, a nearly lifelong area resident, has been reporting on local news for several decades, including 19 years at the Philadelphia Inquirer. She believes that journalists provide a vital watchdog service in the community, and she embraces that commitment. In addition to unearthing news, she also enjoys digging up dirt in her garden, a hobby that frequently fosters Longwood Gardens envy. Along with her husband, Pete, she lives in a historic residence near the Brandywine Battlefield, a property that is also home to a sheep, a goat, and a passel of fish.

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