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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 12:00 am

On behalf of all the volunteers with the Lodi Support Our Troops organization, thank you for coming to our fundraiser at the Van Ruiten Family Winery on Nov. 5. This event could not have been so successful without the almost 400 people who attended and the generous donations and sponsorships that we received.

We would like to thank our sponsors: The Van Ruiten Family for providing a beautiful setting in their barrel room, Grupe Real Estate for the commemorative wine glasses, De Vinci's Deli & Catering for all the delicious food, the Vine Dawgz for their musical talents, Simple Sweets Bakery for the creative cupcakes and On-Line Printing for all the ticket and poster printing. Without these businesses giving so generously, this event would not be possible.

We would also like to thank: St. Jorge Winery for the destination; Chef Ruben Larrazolo, with Alebrijes Bistro, for a four-course dinner with wine pairings for our live auction; as well as Brodie Jayne Photography for services; It's a Grind, which donated four original oil paintings; a winetasting tour by Limousine Connection to Van Ruiten Winery, Harmony Wyneland and d'Art Winery; Wine & Roses for an overnight stay with a two-day spa treatment and food credit in their restaurant; and the Van Ruiten Family, who donated an Old Vine Zinfandel magnum with engraving "Our Troops Our Heroes." Thank you to the anonymous generous donation of the two tickets to the U.S. Open final day 2012, and a round of golf for three and lunch on the same course that the U.S. Open is played on.

And if you were so lucky to win either the silent auction or the raffle basket that our many other local businesses donated, thank you.

The money raised is going towards the care packages for our troops over in the Middle East. We will be packing them this Friday at the American Legion Hall. Our goal is to send 2,000 packages just in time for Christmas.

If you have a loved one and their platoon who would like to be included, please send their name and address to our website,

Julie Miller


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