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38 & Vine launches event to aid nonprofits during downtime

Despite the limitations imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic, 38 & Vine is offering a way for patrons to support and raise funds for local charities through the purchase of curbside or delivery wine.

The premiere wine bar and tasting room has selected the Fort Worth charity A Wish With Wings as the first nonprofit to benefit from the program. Sam and Jennifer Demel, owners of 38 & Vine, said that while doors are being shut for businesses throughout the nation, hearts can still be open to support vulnerable members of the community.

Locally based, A Wish With Wings grants magical wishes for young Texans with life-threatening medical conditions. Since first opening its doors in 1982, the organization has granted more than 1,600 wishes for children facing an uncertain future.

“Fort Worth is such a tight-knit community with an incredible entrepreneurial spirit. During this pandemic, the community has shown such support for local businesses, and we want to continue the movement of supporting locals by doing anything we can to support local charities who have had to close the doors on important events and their annual fundraisers,” Jennifer said.

The Demels noted charities rely on events such as this to raise much-needed funds to help children, families, and individuals. They also said the pandemic puts into perspective what it is like to live in anxiety and uncertainty every day, something folks being helped by charitable organizations were already experiencing.

“We are only experiencing a small snippet of this while this is the ‘normal’ for these families. We need to show kindness and support to everyone during this time so that Fort Worth comes out on the other end of this together and stronger,” Jennifer said.

There are two options for patrons to help:

*When patrons purchase any bottle of wine, 20% of the sales will go directly to a Wish With Wings Fort Worth. Bottles of wine are available for direct delivery and curbside pickup Monday through Sunday. To find out more about how to purchase, order times and deliver, and make a difference, visit https://thirtyeightandvine.com/current-menus/ or call 682-703-1887.

*Guests can now take home a miniature version of the a Wish With Wings mascot, Willie the Wish Dog, alongside their wine. The plush, stuffed Goldendoodle is a cute reminder of the big impact they are making in a child’s life. They are available for a minimum donation of $50 each, with 100% of the funds raised going directly to a Wish With Wings.

“Sadly, Butterfly Wishes, our signature fundraising event which accounts for approximately one-third of our annual operating budget, has been delayed/postponed, or perhaps even canceled. Funds from this event are vital to continue our wish granting operations,” Judy Youngs, President and CEO of A Wish With Wings, said.

Youngs said to date this year, the organization has received 61 new wish applications. An average wish costs about $8,000 to grant.

“However, without sufficient funding, we will not be able to meet the urgent requests of these children who have already endured enough uncertainty and stress in their young lifetimes,” Youngs said. “With your support, perhaps we will not have to look into a child’s eyes and tell them that their one true wish may not come true. Even the smallest amount makes a huge difference.”

For more information and to donate directly, visit: https://wishwing.ejoinme.org/MyPages/DonationPage/tabid/281426/Default.aspx

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