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Hookers host successful annual Wine Tasting event

February 27, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

On one of the warmest days of the winter, the Matlacha Hookers held their annual wine tasting event at Alden Pines Country Club Sunday, Feb. 17.

"The theme this year is 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,'" former Madam Julia Simpson said. "'A Midsummer Night'sDream' is a William Shakespeare comedy about the adventures of four young Athenian lovers."

There were fairies, and butterflies and even William Shakespeare himself (played by Pine Island Elementary Principal Steve Hook).

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The “Welcoming Team,” from left, Camille Coulborn, Bonnie Kellen, Fran Wolford and Joyce Bieber.


"I'm excited that we had ticket sales of 156 and about 180 attendees at this year's wine tasting party," Simpson said. "We always have a good turnout but this year and we raised almost $7,000. As of today our gross profit is a little under $9,000.The wine tasting proceeds support the Beacon of HOPE's senior program."

Every guest was treated to a champagne toast, their own hand-painted wine glass and a wine tasting featuring 6 wines. There was a wide range of food from hors d'oeuvres to tasty treats donated and made especially for the event by C.W. Fudge.

Music was presented by Jason Bonham, who is professionally known as Thunderbear. The singer/songwriter, originally from Ohio, won a contest on 96K-Rock (Ft Myers) winning an opening slot on a 3 Doors Down show.

Bonham is currently working on his debut album.



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