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T.J. Martell Foundation to Honor RUSH and Doug Shafer at 11th Annual World Tour of Wine November 20, 2014

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TJ Martell FoundationNew York, NY (November 14, 2014) – The T.J. Martell Foundation announced today that it will honor legendary rock group RUSH and Doug Shafer, CEO of Shafer Vineyards, at the 11th-Annual World Tour of Wine on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at Capitale (130 Bowery) in New York.

Each year, wine enthusiasts and collectors come together to raise glasses and funds for cutting edge Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS research. Guests and celebrities enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime evening of rare tastings from some of the most exclusive private cellars in the country and a five-course gourmet meal while toasting the Foundation’s achievements in research.

The World Tour of Wine is a unique tasting event, as each table has a “wine host” and features collections of wines from that host rather than the entire event tasting wines provided by a few select vineyards. The event will also feature a silent and live auction featuring several all-inclusive trips to wine country and very rare experiences in music and sports entertainment.

Featured items in the live auction include:

Party with the Rock Stars at the Grammy Awards with a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two tjat includes airfare, hotel accommodations for 5 nights and an array of Grammy week activities in Los Angeles including VIP tickets to “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the 7th Annual T.J. Martell Los Angeles Wine Dinner & Auction, the Musicares Benefit honoring Bob Dylan as well as other surprise events during the week Private Concert by Dawes hosted at your home with select wines provided and an autographed guitar from the band Baseball Hall of Fame Doubleheader with Robert M. Parker and Eddie Murray from a luxury box at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, MD. Before the game, join Bruce Gearhart, President of Bacchus Importers, with Murray and Parker at Baltimore’s famed Oregon Grille VIP American Wine Country Experience with a personal tour by Bruce Gearhart, President of Bacchus Importers, and accommodations in a private guest house or hotel accommodations for two nights. Tastings include pre-release barrel selections, current releases, reserve collections and library collections Napa Valley Getaway for two at the fabulous Hotel Yountville in Yountville, CA, with unique tours and tastings, dinner at Bouchon, one of America’s best restaurants, and a champagne sabering lesson at V Wine Cellar

Additional guests expected to attend include Robin Quivers (Radio Personality), Eddie Murray (Hall of Fame Baseball Player), RUSH, Musician Brian Newman and Actors Karen Pittman, Lena Hall, Montego Glover and Constantine Maroulis.

The Dinner Committee for this year’s World of Wine Tour includes Claudia Butzky, Bob Chiappardi, Phil Colicchio, Tom Corson, Michael Dorf, Bruce Fingeret, Bruce Gearhart, Tim Grell, Michael Jessen, Scott Lewis, Marc Reiter and Howard Sweetwood.

Board Members for the T.J. Martell Foundation are (National Board Members) Marc Reiter, Tom Corson, Bruce Gearhart, Bob Chiappardi, Ron Wilcox, Paul Donahue and Glenn Nordinlinger; (East Coast Board) Michael Dorf, Michael Jessen, Claudia Butzky and Howard Sweetwood; (West Coast Board) Warren Christensen and Diarmuid Quinn.

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