Annual Wine Tasting Event Provides Hope for Special Needs Adults

Montgomery County, TX (April 11, 2017) –The 9th Annual “Around the World in 180 Minutes” Wine Tasting event was held at MainStreet America on Saturday, April 8 with over 250 people in attendance to make a difference to an organization that has served the community of Special Needs Adults for 50 years.

Each participant received a wine glass with a handmade ceramic wine charm (made by the clients) with a passport that guided the attendee through the 14 wine regions represented at the event. Volunteer servers were familiar with their specific regional wines and offered information to assist participants. Why Not Envy Me, a local retail distributor in Spring took orders for many of the wines with a give back incentive of 25% to Bridgewood Farms for wines ordered during the event.

“Bridgewood Farms is family. The family feeling carries through into the evening as if you were welcoming people into your home”, said Flo Nelson, Executive Director. “The clients that participated loved to see all the community support”.

The event would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Sponsors included Troy Construction, Action Communication Technology, Cannon Custom Homes, Community Services Associates, Décor Builders Hardware, Woodforest National Bank, Strike, The Dental Centre of Conroe, D&N Plumbing, Keller Williams -Marsha Crawford, Buckalew Chevrolet, Audio Visual Professional Group, Hello Woodlands, Woodlands Hits, Source Media Solutions, the Bridgewood Farms Board of Directors, and the many devoted parents. Live auction items included a 2 hour cocktail party for 25 at the Ballroom at Bayou Place, roundtrip airfare for 2 to New York with a Two-Night stay at the New York Sheraton, a semi-precious ring donated by Camillo’s Jewelry, and an Astro’s private suite for 12 guests donated by CB&I.

“It was an elegant evening surrounded by Parisian décor of the featured wine region of France”, said Karen Jones, Associate Executive Director of Bridgewood Farms. “So many families, friends and local businesses came out to support the first event of the year celebrating 50 years serving the special needs community”. 

During the event, Bridgewood Farms initiated a pledge program to build a 4 plex apartment building to be located on the campus. $420,000 is needed to build out the facility. $180,000 is available through a Montgomery County Housing Foundation grant, but matching funds must be raised by October 31. Debbie Glenn, owner of the Red Brick Tavern in Conroe, is donating a chance to win a 4 course meal for 10 prepared by her chef served with wine at the winner’s choice at their home or business. Pledges can be made at the Red Brick Tavern or by donating online at www.BridgewoodFarms.org/donate. Winners will be drawn on May 6 during the Conroe Americana Music Festival at the Red Brick Tavern.

The next upcoming event will be the 14th Annual Burn Your Buns Charity Bike Ride on Tuesday, July 4th  with distances of 20, 31, and 62 (twice loop)miles around the rolling hills of the wooded Willis/Conroe area starting and ending at Bridgewood Farms on Rose Road in Conroe. Registration will be open next week at http://www.bridgewoodfarms.org/events/burn-your-buns-bike-ride

Founded in 1967, Bridgewood Farm’s mission is to provide programs and services in partnership with families and the community, enabling individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to reach their highest potential through training and life experiences that build self-esteem and promote personal independence. Bridgewood Farms serves over 100 teens and adults with opportunities to lead healthy and productive lives.

Everyone is entitled to feel special. Bridgewood Farms is place where happiness abounds, where peer pressure does not exist and freedom takes on new meaning to improve the quality of life for the clients. Learn more about Bridgewood Farms by visiting their website at www.BridgewoodFarms.org or follow them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BridgewoodFarmsConroe

About Bridgewood Farms:: Bridgewood Farms is located on 53 acres serving clients through day programs, respite programs, pre-vocational programs, and other social, wellness, and educational programs for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to promote self-esteem and personal independence. Donations are tax deductible and critical to the operating budget. Located at 11680 Rose Road in Conroe, visitors may schedule a visit to volunteer or receive services.