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Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association and Michigan Wine Collaborative Partnership Raises Over $10,000 for Hospitality Employees


Michigan Wine Collaborative logoLANSING, MICH. – The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) and Michigan Wine Collaborative hosted the #MichiganWineMonthChallenge through the month of May to raise money for The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund. The general public purchased tickets to be entered to win prize packages at Michigan wineries from across the state.

All proceeds from the #MichiganWineMonthChallenge benefited The Michigan Hospitality Employee Relief Fund. The relief fund was created by the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association to provide grants to the state’s hospitality industry employees that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We owe a tremendous thank you to our partners at the Michigan Wine Collaborative for generating this idea and raising funds for a much-needed resource for Michigan’s hospitality employees,” said Justin Winslow, President and CEO of the MRLA. “It has always been clear that our industry is innovative and resilient, but it’s in these true times of hardship that show just how much our industry and our state can come together for the common good.”

“Our goal with the Wine Month Challenge was to raise awareness for the wine industry in our state that has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic while also doing some good by raising money to support the hospitality industry’s hardworking employees,” said Brian Lillie, Director of Hospitality & Distribution at Chateau Chantal and Michigan Wine Collaborative board member. “This partnership with the MRLA did just that.”

Congratulations to the Michigan Wine Month Challenge Winners!

  • Package 1:  A Taste of Love, from Loves Winery in Ludington: Gloria Estrada
  • Package 2:  A meal for 6 with the Modales Wines Family: Steve Diller
  • Package 3:  Table of 4 at MAWBY Wines: Mary Ciminskie
  • Package 4:  Seasonal Sipper Club Membership at Amoritas Vineyards: Dawn Polihonki
  • Package 5: 2 Lads Winery, Dinner for 2 and Wine Month Club: Chris Kelsay
  • Package  6: Vintage Garden Wine Dinner at Fenn Valley Vineyards: Wanda VanSingel
  • Package 7: Private Dinner for 8 with the Wine Makers and Owners at St. Julian Winery & Distillery: Lori Revard
  • Package 8: Double Gold Experience for 6 at Left Foot Charley: Donna Egan
  • Package 9: Wine Dinner with Founders at Chateau Chantal Winery: Kristen Simon
  • Package 10: Dine in the Vines with Todd Oosterhouse & Cornel Olivier at Bonobo: Yvonne Allen
  • Package 11: Bike Tour and Vineyard Experience at Shady Lane Winery: Michelle Laninga
  • Package 12:  VIP Tour & Barrel Tasting for 8 with Wine Club Membership at St Julian Winery & Distillery:  Richard Lackey
  • Package 13:  The passion behind our Wine, Winer Experience at Black Star Farms: Michael Palchesko
  • Package 14:  Picnic Lunch for 4 with Wine at Hawthorne Vineyards: Owie Lanctot
  • Package 15:  Wine Dinner for 8 with Winemakers at St. Julian Winery & Distillery:  Deelynn Wright

More information for The Michigan Hospitality Industry Employee Relief Fund can be accessed at mrlaef.org/relief-fund.

About the Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association

Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) is the recognized leader of Michigan’s hospitality industry, providing essential services to the foodservice and lodging community. Founded in 1921 as the Michigan Restaurant Association and now known as the MRLA, the Association represents over 5,000 Michigan foodservice and lodging establishments. The industry plays an integral role in Michigan’s economy, employing nearly 600,000 people and creating $40 billion in annual revenue. For more information, visit www.mrla.org and www.detroitrla.org.

About The Michigan Wine Collaborative

The Michigan Wine Collaborative (MWC) is non-profit organization formed with the mission to enhance the sustainability and profitability of the Michigan wine industry by supporting wineries, growers and other businesses and individuals connected to the industry – today and for future generations. For more information, visit michiganwinecollaborative.com.

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