Wine festival benefits cancer patients

They danced in the street, drank some wine and ate good food all for a good cause Sunday. It was the 28th annual Dilworthtown Inn Wine Festival benefitting patients at The Abramson Cancer Center and the Penn Medicine Hospice at Chester County Hospital.

Tom Gavin, the director of development at the hospital, said the event has raised almost $1 million during its 28 years. Money raised provides patients with rides to and from treatments.

“Getting to treatment shouldn’t be the hardest part of treatment,” he said.

Money also goes toward some specific treatments, such as massage therapy and acupuncture, Gavin added. The event raised $60,000 for patient support last year and Gavin hopes to raise at least that much again from this year’s event. He also said the Dilworthtown Inn, which has been hosting the event, has been a major part of the 28-year tradition.

Holly Wysocki, of Wilmington, was attending for the first time and said she appreciates the fundraising efforts of the wine festival. Wysocki is undergoing treatment for breast cancer and said she understands the importance. While she has no problems getting to and from her own treatments, she said her fiancé has had health issues and scheduling time off from work for treatment as well as maintaining spousal time can be a struggle.

Dale and Laura Scanlon were also attending for the first time. While neither have cancer history, personally or in their family, the Westtown Township couple said they came out to support cancer research.

“We like to support this type of effort,” Dale Scanlon said.

This was the fifth time that Steve and Mimi Nafe of West Chester attended the festival. They do so because “it’s a good cause,” Steve Nafe said. He lost his mother to cancer when he was a boy and Mimi Nafe’s sister also had cancer.

Another event benefitting cancer patients at Chester County Hospital, SHINE in the Vines, is scheduled for 3-7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at Paradocx Vineyard in Landenberg. For details and tickets for the SHINE event, go here.


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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.



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