October 8, 2013

On October 4, 2013,  the BEST Friends Board of LA’s BEST hosted its 7th annual  wine tasting and silent auction, UnWINEd, at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica, raising over   $100,000 through ticket sales and a robust silent auction.

Some 600 friends and supporters of LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program participated in this event, which included a VIP reception featuring  a variety of 95+ rated wines  from the private collections of three donors and a special barrel pouring of Tanner DaFoe Cabernet. The main event included wine stations featuring wine from 4Play Wine, Babcock Winery, Don & Sons, Huber Estate Vineyard, FIG Wine, Kenwood Vineyards, ONEHOPE, Pali Wine Co, and a private donation of wine from Dr. James A Jenkins.

Guests were treated to elaborate cheese platters and a variety of dessert stations were sponsored by BabyCakes NYC, The Butter End Cakery, Cupcake Fusion LA, Cookie Casa, L.A. Cake, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Sweet Privileges, Vanilla Bake Shop, Villa Dolce Gelato and Vosges Haut Chocolate.

Former City Controller Wendy Greuel, who helped create the after school program under Mayor Tom Bradley, led a toast to LA’s BEST and the organization’s CEO& President Carla Sanger, honoring 25 years of operating the successful  and highly-acclaimed program.

Funds raised at UnWINEd will help ensure the continuation of LA’s BEST, an Expand Learning enrichment program that provides active, purposeful learning experiences for children outside of the traditional school day.  Our high-quality, results-driven expanded-learning approach maximizes time outside of the classroom to address the academic, social, emotional and physical needs and interests of students.

LA's BEST - Better Educated Students for Tomorrow - is a nationally recognized after school education, enrichment and recreation program serving more than 28,000 children with the greatest needs and fewest resources throughout the City of Los Angeles. LA's BEST After School Enrichment Program provides a safe haven for children ages 5 to 12 at 194 elementary school sites each day during the critical hours after school — at no cost to parents. Established in 1988, LA's BEST is a partnership including the City of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Unified School District and the private sector. LA’s BEST is part of Beyond the Bell, whose mission is to ensure that all children and youth in LAUSD have access to high quality, safe and supervised academic, enrichment, and recreation programs that inspire learning and achievement beyond the regular school day. For more information, please visit

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