A toast to keep the chill at bay

The Warmth of Wine fundraiser takes place Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Century House in Latham.

The Warmth of Wine fundraiser takes place Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Century House in Latham.


• What: The Warmth of Wine

• When: Thursday, Feb. 27, from 6-8 p.m.

• Where: The Century House, 997 New Loudon Road, Latham

• How much: $50

• Info: colonieseniors.org

Low temperatures and a snowier than usual winter has left many older people on fixed incomes struggling to pay their heating bills. For the past few years, Colonie Senior Service Centers has stepped in to help by hosting the Warmth of Wine fundraiser.

The event, now in its ninth year, will take place at The Century House & Hotel Conference Center on Thursday, Feb. 27. On tap that evening will be wine from around the world, light fare and hors d’oeuvres, live and silent auctions and a mystery wine pull. The wine pull cost $20 a ticket and features wines ranging from $20 to $150.


Co-chairs of the Warmth of Wine Kristin and Bill Hoblock stand with last year’s wine pull selection.

Colonie Senior Service Center communications specialist Kelsey Butz said the event is basically a cocktail party where people are able to chitchat, network and have a great time.

Bill Hoblock, a member of the Colonie Senior Service Center’s board of directors, said the Warmth of Wine also serves to let more people know about what the center does. The not-for-profit provides services to senior citizens predominantly in Colonie but also other parts of the Capital District.

“We came up with the idea to try and get younger people to get familiar with Colonie Senior Service Center and what we do,” said Hoblock, who is an honorary co-chair of the event along with his wife, Kristin. “It’s kind of a way to get younger people together to meet our organization, and we thought, ‘What better way to get people together than a wine tasting event?’ Everyone loves a wine tasting event.”

The event has grown and evolved over the years to attract a bigger audience and raise more money for seniors in need.

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